What We Are Reading Today: AI Needs You

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Updated 18 February 2024
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What We Are Reading Today: AI Needs You

Author: Verity Harding 

Artificial intelligence may be the most transformative technology of our time. As AI’s power grows, so does the need to figure out what—and who—this technology is really for.

“AI Needs You” argues that it is critical for society to take the lead in answering this urgent question and ensuring that AI fulfills its promise.

Verity Harding draws inspiring lessons from the histories of three 20th-century tech revolutions — the space race, in vitro fertilization, and the internet—to empower each of us to join the conversation about AI and its possible futures.

 


What We Are Reading Today: Shells of the World

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Updated 11 April 2024
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What We Are Reading Today: Shells of the World

Author: M. G. Harasewych

Mollusks are invertebrate animals with a remarkable natural history and a rich fossil record, and their shells are prized for their breathtaking variety and exquisite beauty.
“Shells of the World” provides a wide-ranging look at the incredible diversity of marine mollusks.
An informative introduction outlines the lineages covered, followed by a directory section, split into classes, that profiles a broad selection of different taxa to give a sense of their sheer numbers and variety.
It features hundreds of beautiful color photos, depicting both the live animals and their shells
The book discusses mollusk evolution, anatomy, life cycles, behavior, and ecology. It describes unique characteristics, distribution, habitat, and size.
It provides valuable insights into the conservation of the world’s marine mollusks. It is ideal for malacologists and shell collectors everywhere.

 


What We Are Reading Today: Piping Hot Bees & Boisterous Buzz-Runners by Thomas D. Seeley

Updated 10 April 2024
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What We Are Reading Today: Piping Hot Bees & Boisterous Buzz-Runners by Thomas D. Seeley

“Piping Hot Bees and Boisterous Buzz-Runners” takes readers inside a world seldom seen even by beekeepers, shedding light on 20 of the most compelling mysteries of honey bee behavior.

Thomas Seeley has devoted a lifetime to the study of honey bees and their colonies, unraveling the secrets of these wondrous insects in a career spanning six decades. 

In this book, he weaves illuminating personal stories with the latest science, explaining such mysteries as how worker bees function as scouts to choose a home site for their colony, furnish their home with beeswax combs, and stock it with brood and food while keeping tens of thousands of colony inhabitants warm and defended from intruders. 

Along the way, he shares the experiences that drew him to these studies, the small observations that led to big breakthroughs, and the sense of excitement that came with probing each mystery.


What We Are Reading Today: ‘The Shadow over Innsmouth’

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Updated 10 April 2024
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What We Are Reading Today: ‘The Shadow over Innsmouth’

Author: H.P. Lovecraft

“The Shadow over Innsmouth” is one of H.P. Lovecraft’s most popular and influential stories, first published in 1936. It follows the narrator, a student on a rambling tour of New England, who stumbles upon the mysterious town of Innsmouth in Massachusetts.

The town of Innsmouth is shrouded in secrecy and strange rumors. The narrator becomes increasingly curious about the town’s dark history and the peculiar appearance of its inhabitants.

As the narrator digs deeper, he discovers a connection between his own family and the sinister activities of Innsmouth. He becomes entangled in a web of conspiracy, horror, and forbidden knowledge.

Eventually, he finds himself pursued by the inhabitants of Innsmouth, who are determined to keep their secrets hidden.

“The Shadow over Innsmouth” is notable for its themes of forbidden knowledge, cosmic horror, and the idea of hidden, ancient races lurking beneath the surface of our world.

It is often considered a significant contribution to Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos, a shared fictional universe featuring ancient deities, forbidden texts, and otherworldly horrors.

Lovecraft was an American writer who developed cosmic tales as a weird, horror fiction literary genre.

His works have profoundly impacted subsequent generations of writers, and his creations, such as the Cthulhu Mythos, have become iconic within the genre.

Lovecraft’s works were not widely recognized during his lifetime, and he primarily published his stories in pulp magazines.

After his death, his writing gained more recognition and a dedicated following.

Other notable works of his are “The Call of Cthulhu,” “At the Mountains of Madness,” and “The Dunwich Horror.”

Lovecraft’s stories continue to captivate readers with their atmospheric descriptions, intricate mythologies, and the sense of cosmic dread they evoke.

 

 


What We Are Reading Today: ‘Syllabus’

Updated 09 April 2024
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What We Are Reading Today: ‘Syllabus’

Authors: William Germano and Kit Nicholls

Generations of teachers have built their classes around the course syllabus, a semester-long contract that spells out what each class meeting will focus on (readings, problem sets, case studies, experiments), and what the student has to turn in by a given date.

But what does that way of thinking about the syllabus leave out—about our teaching and, more importantly, about our students’ learning?

In “Syllabus,” William Germano and Kit Nicholls take a fresh look at this essential but almost invisible bureaucratic document and use it as a starting point for rethinking what students—and teachers—do.


What We Are Reading Today: ‘The Importance of Being Educable’ by Leslie Valiant

Updated 08 April 2024
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What We Are Reading Today: ‘The Importance of Being Educable’ by Leslie Valiant