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Explore a selection of publications by alumni and academics, and books with a link to the University or Cambridge

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The Impact of Jesus in First-Century Palestine. Textual and Archaeological Evidence for Long-standing Discontent
Rosemary-Margaret Luff (Lucy Cavendish 1972)

Although the archaeological evidence indicates a prosperous and thriving Galilee in the early first century CE, the Gospel texts suggest a society under stress, where the rich were flourishing at the expense of the poor. In this multi-disciplinary study, Rosemary Margaret Luff contributes to current debates concerning the pressures on early first-century Palestinian Jews, particularly with reference to socio-economic and religious issues.

Public Perception of International Crises: Identity, Ontological Security and Self-Affirmation
Dmitry Chernobrov (Girton 2009)

How do people make sense of distant, but disturbing international events? Why are some representations more appealing than others? What do they mean for the perceiver’s own sense of self? Going beyond conventional analysis of political imagining and perception at the level of accuracy, this book reveals how self-conceptions are unconsciously, but centrally present in judgments and representations of international others.

Amateur Musical Societies and Sports Clubs in Provincial France, 1848-1914
Alan Baker, Life Fellow of Emmanuel College Cambridge, Iain Black, Senior Tutor of Clare Hall, Cambridge, and Robin Butlin, Emeritus Professor of Geography and Visiting Research Fellow, University of Leeds

This book explores leisure-related voluntary associations in France during the nineteenth century as practical expressions of the Revolutionary concept of fraternité. Using a mass of unpublished and hitherto unused sources in provincial and national archives, it analyses the history, geography and cultural significance of amateur musical societies and sports clubs in eleven departments of France between 1848 and 1914. Original research is set within the context of published historical studies of sociability in France as a whole.

Anarchy or Establishment
Henry Thwaites

Lawrence Alderson has devoted much of his life to saving endangered breeds and maintaining biodiversity and was awarded the CBE for services to conservation. He matriculated in 1959 and lectured for four years after post-graduate studies before establishing an international consultancy for business management and animal breeding. In the latter capacity he has had a profound impact on global policies for genetic conservation and global warming. He was founder of Rare Breeds International and RBST and is a leading world authority on saving endangered breeds from extinction.

130 Years of Historical Geography at Cambridge 1888-2018
Alan Baker, Life Fellow of Emmanuel College Cambridge, Iain Black, Senior Tutor of Clare Hall, Cambridge, and Robin Butlin, Emeritus Professor of Geography and Visiting Research Fellow, University of Leeds

This book, published on 1 July 2019, is the outcome of an investigation of the changing character of historical geography as conceived, taught at, researched at, and disseminated from, one institution - the Department of Geography of the University of Cambridge - from the late-nineteenth  century. An explanatory history is given of historical geography within a major department of an ancient English university, but viewed within broader geographical and historical contexts.

The Bad Trip: Dark Omens, New Worlds and the End of the Sixties
James Riley - Faculty of English

The Sixties, for many, was a time of new ideas, freedom, and renewed hope – from the civil rights movement to Woodstock. But towards the end of 1969 and the start of the 1970s, everything seemed to implode. The Manson murders, the tragic events of the Rolling Stones concert at Altamont and the appearance of the Zodiac Killer all called a halt to the progress of a glorious decade. At the end of the Sixties, the hippie dream died – or so the story goes.

How to have a mindful pregnancy
Mark Pallis (Hughes Hall 2001) and Sian Warriner

How to have a Mindful Pregnancy is perfect for mothers-to-be and their partners. Whether you are new to mindfulness or practice regularly, whether you are rushed off your feet or have spare time, these 30 tried and tested exercises will help you easily and gently bring the benefits of mindfulness to your life, helping you feel more connected to your body and your baby.

Unravelling the Double Helix: the lost heroes of DNA
Gareth Williams (Clare 1971)

NA. The double helix; the blueprint of life; and, during the early 1950s, a baffling enigma that could win a Nobel Prize. Everyone knows that James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the double helix. In fact, they clicked into place the last piece of a huge jigsaw puzzle that other researchers had assembled over decades. Researchers like Maurice Wilkins (the ‘Third Man of DNA’) and Rosalind Franklin, famously demonised by Watson. Not forgetting the ‘lost heroes’ who fought to prove that DNA is the stuff of genes, only to be airbrushed out of history.

Robbie: The Life of Sir Robert Jennings
Christine Jennings

Robbie Jennings came from Idle, an industrial village in Yorkshire; but he was never an idle man.  His career was a ‘story of the unforeseeable, even improbable, advance to high position and worldwide reputation of a straightforward man of simple origins’ (from his entry in the ODNB by Sir Franklin Berman). Robbie achieved this eminence through academic success, experience abroad, service in military intelligence, years of teaching at Cambridge and the Inns of Court, and as counsel in major international border disputes.

Understand, Manage, and Prevent Algorithmic Bias: A Guide for Business Users and Data Scientists
Tobias Baer (Wolfson 2015)

Drawing on his background in both psychology and data science, Tobias argues that there are 6 major sources of algorithmic bias (ranging from statistical artifacts and at least 6 distinct types of data issues to human biases of data scientists, users, as well as society at large) and that both data scientists and business users of algorithms (including managers and government agencies) can and need to contribute to fighting algorithmic bias.