Frontier Figures: American Music and the Mythology of the American West

Frontier Figures is a tour-de-force exploration of how the American West, both as physical space and inspiration, animated American music. Examining the work of such composers as Aaron Copland, Roy Harris, Virgil Thomson, Charles Wakefield Cadman, and Arthur Farwell, Beth E. Levy addresses questions of regionalism, race, and representation as well as changing relationships to … Read more

Reaching for the Moon: A Short History of the Space Race

At the dawn of the space age, technological breakthroughs in Earth orbit flight were both breathtaking feats of ingenuity and disturbances to a delicate global balance of power. In this short book, aerospace historian Roger D. Launius concisely and engagingly explores the driving force of this era: the race to the Moon. Beginning with the … Read more

Undone Science: Social Movements, Mobilized Publics, and Industrial Transitions

As the fields of social movement studies (SMS) and science and technology studies (STS) have diversified in topical focus, they have moved closer to each other. SMS has turned toward the study of nonstate targets and institutionalized repertoires of action, just as STS has turned to expertise and publics. In Undone Science, David Hess argues … Read more

Spies and Shuttles: NASA’s Secret Relationships with the DoD and CIA

In this real life spy saga, James David digs through newly declassified documents to ultimately reveal how NASA became a strange bedfellow to the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Central Intelligence Agency. Beginning with the establishment of NASA in 1958, he follows the agency through its growth, not only in scope but also in … Read more

Bad Call: Technology’s Attack on Referees and Umpires and How to Fix It

Good call or bad call, referees and umpires have always had the final say in sports. Bad calls are more visible: plays are televised backward and forward and in slow motion. New technologiesthe Hawk-Eye system used in tennis and cricket, for example, and the goal-line technology used in English footballintroduced to correct bad calls sometimes … Read more

City on a Hill: Urban Idealism in America from the Puritans to the Present

The first European settlers saw America as a paradise regained. The continent seemed to offer a God-given opportunity to start again and build the perfect community. Those messianic days are gone. But as Alex Krieger argues in City on a Hill, any attempt at deep understanding of how the country has developed must recognize the … Read more

The Migrant Image: The Art and Politics of Documentary during Global Crisis

In The Migrant Image T. J. Demos examines the ways contemporary artists have reinvented documentary practices in their representations of mobile lives: refugees, migrants, the stateless, and the politically dispossessed. He presents a sophisticated analysis of how artists from the United States, Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East depict the often ignored effects of … Read more

Manual of Digital Earth

Manual of Digital Earth

This open access book offers a summary of the development of Digital Earth over the past twenty years. By reviewing the initial vision of Digital Earth, the evolution of that vision, the relevant key technologies, and the role of Digital Earth in helping people respond to global challenges, this publication reveals how and why Digital … Read more

Theory to Practice in Teacher Education: The Critical Challenge of Translation

Theory to Practice in Teacher Education: The Critical Challenge of Translation

This book offers a theoretically and empirically robust account of what is known about the effective approaches that translate theory to practice in teacher education, presenting evidence from case studies from a diverse range of contexts informed by various methodological foundations. It also provides accounts that support teacher educators involved in both school and university … Read more