Vladimir Tikhonov (Oslo): Transcending Boundaries, Embracing Others: Nationalism and Transnationalism in Modern and Contemporary Korea. Kongdan Oh (IDA) and Ralph Hassig (Maryland): Military Confrontation on the Korean Peninsula. From the latest issue of the Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, Da Eun Lee, Sol Kim and Dr. Steven Shirley (Keimyung Adams): Korea is Looking South; and Tony Tai-Ting Liu and Hung Ming-Te (Chung Hsing): Hegemonic Stability and Northeast Asia: What Hegemon? What Stability? The black hole of North Korea: Marcus Noland on what economists can't tell you about the most isolated country on Earth. From The International Economy, is the world underestimating the chances for Japan to achieve at least a modest rebound? A symposium of views. Michael Schiltz on Japan’s monetary imperialism. Hiro Saito on the Fukushima disaster and Japan’s Occupy movement. Following radiation expert Dr. Robert Gale into the exclusion zone around Fukushima, Japan, the site of last March’s nuclear meltdown, Pico Iyer reports on the prognosis for the stoic workers at the plant. Gavan McCormack on Mage, Japan’s island beyond the reach of the law.
Rowan Tepper (Binghampton): Kairos: A Political Post-History of the Concept of Time. From the World Future Society, Alireza Hejazi on on the future of futures studies and on how to become a disciplined futurist. On the imperfect science of liveblogging: What kind of technology, planning, and editorial imagination go into cover events like Apple announcements through liveblogs? A review of Glock: The Rise of America's Gun by Paul M. Barrett. What you need to know about the smear campaign against Trayvon Martin (and more). Will “Obamacare” matter to US voters? Support for "Obamacare" splits along partisan lines, so healthcare reform may not be a potent election issue this fall. You know the Republican mantra you’ve been hearing for three years, “repeal and replace”? Mitch McConnell admits that the real plan is just plain repeal. If the Court does uphold the ACA, is this likely to put an end to partisan conflict? From Brain Pickings, Maria Popova introduces the Curator’s Code, a standard for honoring attribution of discovery across the Web (and a response and more).
A new issue of Numeracy is out. Mateusz Hohol (PAT): The Normativity of Mathematics: A Neurocognitive Approach. The first chapter from In Pursuit of the Traveling Salesman: Mathematics at the Limits of Computation by William J. Cook. A look at how the fall of Communism changed mathematics in the US. Carl E. Behrens on empiricism as an environment for humanist mathematics. A review of Magical Mathematics: The Mathematical Ideas that Animate Great Magic Tricks by Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham. An interview with Robert Kanigel, biographer of the Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. The first chapter from Elliptic Tales: Curves, Counting, and Number Theory by Avner Ash and Robert Gross. Research suggests you can't do the math without the words. A review of The Theory That Would Not Die: How Bayes’ Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines and Emerged Triumphant From Two Centuries of Controversy by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne (and more). A look at 6 small math errors that caused huge disasters.