Welcome to our weekly roundup of news from university presses! Once again, there is a lot to share this week from our fellow academic publishing houses and much to learn on What SUP at the social university presses. This week, we continue in our celebration of Math Awareness Month and other holidays, consider video’s positive and negative cultural impacts, and review the importance of General Charles Lee during the Revolutionary War. What did you read this week?
This past Tuesday was Earth Day, and Wendy Read Wertz at the Indiana University Press celebrates by recounting the story of Lynton Keith Caldwell, his development of environmental policy (specifically the National Environmental Protection Act of 1969), and his ties with Gaylord Nelson, the founder of Earth Day.
Today is Arbor Day, and Anglea Sorby offers a guest post for JHU Press in celebration, detailing Arbor Day’s history and providing poems by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Edna St. Vincent Millay regarding the holiday’s significance.
Frank Gilliam at Oxford University Press presents another take on Arbor Day’s importance, in which he insists that we consider forests from an ecosystem perspective.
Over at the MIT Press, for Math Awareness Month, we have a guest post from Dave Ryman, author of The Outer Limits of Reason: What Science, Mathematics, and Logic Cannot Tell us. He focuses on the limitations of mathematics and further elaborates on the issue of unsolvable problems and the relationship between mathematical proofs and the truth.
Keeping in line with the mathematical theme, Princeton University Press announces an upcoming discussion and books signing with David Reiner, professor of mathematics and statistics at The College of New Jersey, in which participants will have the opportunity to examine ancient methods of Egyptian arithmetic and highlight key differences between the math of the time and mathematics today.
With the recent online release of The Oral History Review, Oxford University Press presents a conversation between OHR Editorial Board Member Erin Jessee and OHR contributor Alexander Freund, with respect to the history of the oral history interview.
This week saw the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare, and in celebration, Stanford University Press has pulled together a quiz concerning philosophers’ sentiments in regard to The Bard.
At From the Square, the NYU Press blog, author Phillip Papas provides a Q&A to discuss his new book, in hopes of expanding American consciousness in regards to George Washington’s second-in-command, as well as the tactics Americans used during the war.
To highlight their new release, Video Revolutions, Columbia University Press has devoted much of the week contemplating the history of the video medium, and its positive and negative effects on society, providing images from the cultural “revolution” and a featured guest post from the book’s author considering the early idealization of television.