Dialogues on the New Physics: Complexity and Nonlinearity in Nature (Featured Review)

The question of humanity’s connection with and understanding of nature has arguably never been of more importance. The technological revolution has resulted in us becoming more alienated from the natural world than ever before, which in turn only exacerbates the ecological crises the world is currently facing. As a species, most of what we know … Continue reading Dialogues on the New Physics: Complexity and Nonlinearity in Nature (Featured Review)

Featured Review: A Cognitive Linguistics Account of Wordplay

Even though the ability to create witty puns seems to be an inherent skill of humankind, an apt explanation of their linguistic nature has evaded many academic descriptions. Konrad Żyśko's book A Cognitive Linguistics Account of Wordplay is an exception. Our gratitude for the below review goes to Marta Agüero Guerra (University of Iowa). The … Continue reading Featured Review: A Cognitive Linguistics Account of Wordplay

New Postcolonial Dialectics: An Intercultural Comparison of Indian and Nigerian English Plays (Featured Review)

“Sarbani Vengadasalam’s New Postcolonial Dialectics: An Intercultural Comparison of Indian and Nigerian English Plays is a model of comparative postcolonial analysis because she discusses the specific context and history of each colonial and postcolonial experience and each playwright while arguing convincingly for similarities. In other words, she finds important common ground without losing sight of … Continue reading New Postcolonial Dialectics: An Intercultural Comparison of Indian and Nigerian English Plays (Featured Review)

Fuel for the Future: Processed High Quality Coals for Low- and Zero-emissions Power (Featured Review)

“All you need to know about clean coal technology to realise that coal combustion will still be a major contributor to clean energy production.” Today's featured review is of George Domazetis' volume Fuel for the Future: Processed High Quality Coals for Low- and Zero-emissions Power. The volume examines efforts by both industry and governments to … Continue reading Fuel for the Future: Processed High Quality Coals for Low- and Zero-emissions Power (Featured Review)

Featured Review: The TOMS Effect

In 2006, the TOMS shoe company radically disrupted the for-profit business model, literally for good. In challenging what a money-making company could do with its earnings, TOMS incorporated a giving component within its business model, making giving intrinsic to each sale. For every pair of shoes sold, another pair would be given away to a … Continue reading Featured Review: The TOMS Effect

Featured Review: The Creative Advantages of Schizophrenia

"The question of whether there is a link between those with mental health disorders and an increase in creativity has been asked for many years. As the great Aristotle once said, “There is no great genius without some touch of madness.” In author Paul Kiritsis’ book The Creative Advantages of Schizophrenia, readers are given a … Continue reading Featured Review: The Creative Advantages of Schizophrenia

Featured Review: An Overview of Historical and Socio-economic Evolution in the Americas

"An Overview of Historical and Socio-economic Evolution in the Americas is well titled because it prunes down a mountain of history to give students a solid understanding of which influences have affected meaningful change, both positive and negative, from pre-invasion to contemporary times. This is achieved not by glossing over complex issues, but explaining the … Continue reading Featured Review: An Overview of Historical and Socio-economic Evolution in the Americas

Featured Review: Literary Pairs in Comparative Readings Across National and Cultural Divides

Today's featured review is reprinted with thanks to VTU Review: Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences. In it Vakrilen Kilyovski details the strengths of Yarmila Nikolova Daskalova's monograph Literary Pairs in Comparative Readings Across National and Cultural Divides (2018), a volume which offers an original and insightful reading of the literary text as a powerful means of … Continue reading Featured Review: Literary Pairs in Comparative Readings Across National and Cultural Divides

Featured Review: Rhapsody of Northern Art

Peter Hupfauf is an artist and art historian based in Sydney with an interest in Old Norse culture. His most recent publication, Rhapsody of Northern Art (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019), presents fascinating artefacts produced between the late Bronze Age and the start of the Romanesque Period in order to argue that such items should be … Continue reading Featured Review: Rhapsody of Northern Art

Featured Review: Colonial Self-Fashioning in British India, c. 1785-1845: Visualising Identity and Difference

Today's featured review is by the eminent art historian Charlies Greig. You can read his thoughts on Prasannajit de Silva's book Colonial Self-Fashioning in British India, c. 1785-1845: Visualising Identity and Difference below. "Up until recently there has been a widely held and romanticised view that the last thirty years of the 18th century was a period … Continue reading Featured Review: Colonial Self-Fashioning in British India, c. 1785-1845: Visualising Identity and Difference