On Not Dying: Secular Immortality in the Age of Technoscience

Abou Farman
The University of Minnesota Press, 2020

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Immortality has long been considered the domain of religion. But immortality projects have gained increasing legitimacy and power in the world of science and technology. With recent rapid advances in biology, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence, secular immortalists hope for and work toward a future without death.

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Making It Count: Statistics and Statecraft in the Early People’s Republic of China

Arunabh Ghosh
Princenton University Press, 2020

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In 1949, at the end of a long period of wars, one of the biggest challenges facing leaders of the new People’s Republic of China was how much they did not know. The government of one of the world’s largest nations was committed to fundamentally reengineering its society and economy via socialist planning while having almost no reliable statistical data about their own country. Making It Count is the history of efforts to resolve this “crisis in counting.” Drawing on a wealth of sources culled from China, India, and the United States, Arunabh Ghosh explores the choices made by political leaders, statisticians, academics, statistical workers, and even literary figures in attempts to know the nation through numbers.

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Políticas de ciencia, tecnología e innovación: la emergencia de los instrumentos sectoriales en Argentina y Brasil

Ricardo Aronskind, Karina Forcinito, Laura Rovelli, Fernando Peirano, Ariel Gordon, Verónica Cáceres, Mariano Treacy, Nerina Sarthou, Romina Loray, Pedro Fiorucci, Sergio Emiliozzi, Paul Cooney, and Martin Unzue
Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, 2020

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En los últimos años las ideas dominantes en América Latina tuvieron un regreso hacia la priorización de la inserción internacional basada en las ventajas comparativas, la desregulación de los mercados, la integración plena en los circuitos comerciales y financieros internacionales y la estabilidad monetaria. Los textos de este volumen analizan el proceso de emergencia de los instrumentos verticales de política de ciencia, tecnología e innovación y el rol de las universidades en la Argentina y Brasil a partir de las reformas del estado emprendidas en los años noventa hasta la finalización de las experiencias neodesarrollistas.

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The New Brazilian Mediascape: Television Production in the Digital Streaming Age

Eli Lee Carter
University Press of Florida, 2020

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“A detailed, cogent analysis of how the Brazilian audiovisual sector is surpassing traditional barriers to expression, attracting more projects of various formats and media such as the Globoplay series and Porta dos Fundos’ work, both eloquently discussed in this book.”—Cacilda M. Rêgo, coeditor of New Trends in Argentine and Brazilian Cinema

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The Cambridge History of Science, Volume 8: Modern Science in National, Transnational, and Global Context

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Edited by Hugh Richard Slotten, Ronald L Numbers and David N Livingstone
Cambridge University Press, 2020

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About this book

This volume in the highly respected Cambridge History of Science series is devoted to exploring the history of modern science using national, transnational, and global frames of reference. Organized by topic and culture, its essays by distinguished scholars offer the most comprehensive and up-to-date nondisciplinary history of modern science currently available. Essays are grouped together in separate sections that represent larger regions: Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, East and Southeast Asia, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Oceania, and Latin America. Each of these regional groupings ends with a separate essay reflecting on the analysis in the preceding chapters. Intended to provide a balanced and inclusive treatment of the modern world, contributors analyze the history of science not only in local, national, and regional contexts but also with respect to the circulation of knowledge, tools, methods, people, and artifacts across national borders. Continue reading