Jennifer Barnett (Darwin 2002) and Alexis Willett (Darwin 2001)
Your brain is shrinking. Does it matter?
How Much Brain Do We Really Need? is a popular science book that challenges us to think differently about the brain. Rather than just concentrating on the many wonderful things it can do, this entertaining insight into the complexities and contradictions of the human brain asks whether in fact we can live satisfactorily without some of it.
The American war in Vietnam was one of the most morally contentious events of the twentieth century, and it produced an extraordinary outpouring of poetry. Yet the complex ethical terrain of the conflict is remarkably underexplored, and the prodigious poetic voice of its American participants remains largely unheard. In A Shadow on Our Hearts, Adam Gilbert rectifies these oversights by utilizing the vast body of soldier-poetry to examine the war’s core moral issues.
Plundering Beauty (192pp; 53 colour and B&W images) is a broad, international overview of art crime during times of armed conflict. Examples of art crimes are drawn from wars through history, including the Fourth Crusade, the Napoleonic era, the Second World War and modern-day conflicts in Yugoslavia and Iraq.
This is the first new translation into English of Cennino' Cennini's well-known treatise on painting techniques since Daniel Thompson published his version in 1932, and the only version to include the Italian text in the same volume as the translation. Cennino Cennino was an Italian artist, active around 1400 in Florence and then in Padua.
It is the Roaring Twenties. Life in England has picked itself up after the war, but things are not as they were. Times are changing on all fronts, especially in the norms of social conduct. The worlds of the Wellington-Smythes, Larkins and Randalls are about to collide. Revelations from the past and the consequences of selfish behaviour of the day throw family against family. Antics of the "Bright Young People" of the time, made famous by the tabloid press and by writers such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Evelyn Waugh, play against a darkened canvas.
A discussion of ten American political institutions and the men who designed them, including John Winthrop and the New England town; John Locke and the Southern plantation; Thomas Jefferson and the north-western township; William Leggett and the general business corporation; Joseph Pulitzer and municipal home rule; Justin Morrill and land grant colleges; Hugh Hammond Bennett and Soil Conservation Districts and Byron Hanke and Residential Community Associations, among others.
The first in a new series of crime mysteries set in Cambridge in the Second World War. Eden Brooke, once of Michaelhouse College, is a veteran of the Great War, and now a detectve inspector on the 'Borough' - one of the smallest police forces in the country, charged with keeping the peace in the university town's medieval centre. It is the opening weeks of the war and first complete Black Out - dubbed The Great Darkness - provides a platoon of soldiers with the cover they need to dig pits on St John's Wilderness. What lies beneath?
Cybertwists is an introduction to how hacking and cyberattacks work that is aimed at the general reader. It provides a lively illustration of the manifold techniques with which both criminals and secret services infiltrate other people’s computers, accessing and sometimes manipulating their data.