From American Scientist, a review of Science: A Four Thousand Year History by Patricia Fara; and a review of Nature's Patters: A Tapestry in Three Parts by Philip Ball. The first chapter from Astronomy For Dummies by Stephen P. Maran. A review of There's Something about Godel: The Complete Guide to the Incompleteness Theorem by Francesco Berto. How to find a habitable exoplanet: Don't look for one. Keith Devlin on the problem with word problems in mathematics. Blinded by scientism: The problem with scientism is that it is either self-defeating or trivially true; F.A. Hayek helps us to see why (and part 2). Author and astronomer Marcus Chown on the early history of the universe, quantum reality, and the origins of information. When physics got spooky: A review of Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality by Manjit Kumar. A review of Science and Spirituality: Making Room for Faith in the Age of Science by Michael Ruse. A review of Duel at Dawn: Heroes, Martyrs, and the Rise of Modern Mathematics by Amir Alexander. Deep in thought: What is a "law of physics," anyway? Astrophysicists think they know how to destroy a black hole — the puzzle is what such destruction would leave behind. A review of Massive: The Hunt for the God Particle by Ian Sample. A review of From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time by Sean Carroll. Martin Gardner reviews Duel at Dawn: Heroes, Martyrs, and the Rise of Modern Mathematics by Amir Alexander. A review of Never Pure: Historical Studies of Science as if It Was Produced by People with Bodies, Situated in Time, Space, Culture, and Society, and Struggling for Credibility and Authority by Steven Shapin. A review of Imagining Science: Art, Science, and Social Change. A review of The End of Discovery: Are We Approaching the Boundaries of the Knowable? by Russell Stannard.

Krunoslav Mikulan (Zagreb): Harry Potter through the Focus of Feminist Literary Theory: Examples of (Un)Founded Criticsm. From the Journal of International Law and Politics, a review of Terrorism, War and International Law: The Legality of the Use of Force Against Afghanistan in 2001 by Myra Williamson; and a review of Constitution Making Under Occupation: The Politics of Imposed Revolution in Iraq by Andrew Arato. Dan Ariely on his book Predictably Irrational. A review of Sans-Culottes: An Eighteenth-Century Emblem in the French Revolution by Michael Sonenscher. Conchita the Chihuahua just inherited a $3 million trust fund after her owner died, joining Leona Helmsley’s spoiled dog Trouble and other furry and very fortunate heirs. Why do we care so much about the actual and potential uses of bibliometrics and world university ranking methodologies, but care so little about the private sector firms that drive the bibliometrics/global rankings agenda forward? A review of Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Schulz (and more and more) and Wrong: Why Experts Keep Failing Us — And How to Know When Not to Trust Them by David H. Freedman (and more). Can Washington stand up to the energy industry? The real losers of the financial crisis weren't the blockbuster failures of Greece and Iceland; they were the countries so isolated that their economies didn't feel the blow. More and more on The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons. From The New Inquiry, Helena Fitzgerald on Walter Benjamin and travel as collecting: Chronicling, like acquisition, is a failed defense against impermanence. Americans abroad are a species unto themselves — herewith a handy field guide.

Richard K. Olsen and Julie W. Morgan (UNC): Happy Holidays: Creating Common Ground in the “War on Christmas”. A review of Capture the Flag: The Stars and Stripes in American History by Arnaldi Testi. A review of Red Families v. Blue Families: Legal Polarization and the Creation of Culture by Naomi Cahn and June Carbone. Irene Taviss Thomson on her book Culture Wars and Enduring American Dilemmas. TLC is banking on its new Sarah Palin reality show to help solidify its reputation as the "heartland values" channel — will it work? How to succeed in politics: The Tea Party movement is a movement without a cause — if the Whigs, Populists and Feminists can be co-opted by the the Democrats and Republicans, it is clear this newest third party will suffer the same fate. Tea Party Justice: Sam Alito is establishing himself as the judicial face of the right's peculiar sense of victimhood. Is the "midnight knock on the door" coming to America? First Glenn Beck, now George Will: The Washington Post columnist endorses Straussian falsehoods about American liberalism. Cenk Uygur on why Washington is more right-wing than the rest of the country. Robert L. Borosage on the political path for progressives in the face of rabid right-wing resistance. From Liberty, Gary Jason racks up the many, many, many lies of Barack Obama. Kathleen Parker on Obama as our first female president. E.J. Dionne Jr. on how Obama changed the Right. John Richardson on how Obama really thinks: A primer for the Left and Right. Julian E. Zelizer on Carter, Obama, and the Left-Center divide. Commentators have tried fitting Obama into all kinds of historical analogies — but clear narrative arcs are rare in the messy reality of governing. Obama adopts behavioral economics: Nudging, not commanding, companies and consumers to do thrifty and healthy things is a White House priority as promoted by OMB's Cass Sunstein. Lessons from Right to Left: Emily Smith on the rise of DC’s liberal policy machine.

Sean Goggin (NUI): Human Rights, Anthropology and Securitization: Reclaiming Culture. From Janus Head, J.M. Fritzman (Lewis and Clark): Geist in Mumbai: Hegel with Rushdie; and Matthew T. Powell (Walsh): Kafka's Angel: The Distance of God in a Post-Traditional World. For centuries the Saharawis have called the desert home, but they don't belong here — at least not on this side of the Wall. A review of Taming the Beloved Beast: How Medical Technology Costs Are Destroying Our Health Care System by Daniel Callahan. Writing as a process: An interview with Mike Rose. Of Steadicams and Skycams: Filmmakers have long sought the means to add a little kinetic energy to their moving images. Invincible Apple: Farhad Manjoo on 10 lessons from the coolest company anywhere. From Social Text, colleagues offer critical appreciations of long-standing Social Text collective member Jose Esteban Munoz's recent book, Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity. Albania’s iron communist regime survived until 1990, five years after the death of its great dictator, Enver Hoxha — but the country’s political path since then is full of unburied ghosts. Plagiarism Inc: Jordan Kavoosi built an empire of fake term papers; now the writers want their cut. A review of One More Day Everywhere: Crossing 50 Borders on the Road to Global Understanding by Glen Heggstad. Eadweard Muybridge, Thief of Animal Souls: The famed photographer revealed the mechanics of natural motion in the service of 19th-century capitalist commotion. From GlobalPost, a special report on how economic aid in Afghanistan has become "war by other means". The geopolitics of the iPhone: Five ways Apple's new gadget and its cousins are transforming global politics. From Let a Thousand Nations Bloom, check out Secession Week Blogging 2010.

From the Cato Journal, a special issue on Restoring Global Financial Stability. From the International Journal of Economic Sciences and Applied Research, Boris Molochny (Pecs): Essay on International Financial Crisis and Endogenous Growth Theory; and Anke Mussig (St. Gallen): The Financial Crisis: Caused by Unpreventable or Organized Failures? A review of Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance by Nouriel Roubini and Stephen Mihm (and more). A review of Unchecked and Unbalanced: How the Discrepancy between Knowledge and Power Caused the Financial Crisis and Threatens Democracy by Arnold Kling. More on More Money Than God by Sebastian Mallaby. A review of The Rise and Fall of Bear Stearns by Alan C. Greenberg with Mark Singer and Chasing Down Goldman Sachs: How the Masters of the Universe Melted Wall Street Down and Why They’ll Take Us to the Brink Again by Suzanne McGee. A review of The Devil’s Casino: Friendship, Betrayal, and the High-Stakes Games Played Inside Lehman Brothers by Vicky Ward. A review of The Zeroes: My Misadventures in the Decade Wall Street Went Insane by Randall Lane (and more and more). From n+1, who spent the money? An excerpt from Diary of a Very Bad Year: Confessions of an Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager (and more). Roger Lowenstein on public pension funds as the next crisis. From International Socialism, Joseph Choonara on Marxist accounts of the current crisis; a review of Zombie Capitalism: Global Crisis and the Relevance of Marx by Chris Harman; a review of Martin Wolf's Fixing Global Finance: How to Curb Financial Crises in the 21st Century; a review of New Capitalism? The Transformation of Work by Kevin Doogan; and a review of Means and Ends: The Idea of Capital in the West, 1500-1970 by Francesco Boldizzoni.

From the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, Michelangelo Paganopoulos (London): Jesus Christ and Billy the Kid as Archetypes of the Self in American Cinema; Victoria Meng (ASU): Everyday a Miracle: History According to Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN); Emily Clark (FSU): Of Catholics, Commies, and the Anti-Christ: Mapping American Social Borders Through Cold War Comic Books; and Jennie Chapman (Manchester): Tender Warriors: Muscular Christians, Promise Keepers, and the Crisis of Masculinity in Left Behind. Robert Pippin on his book Hollywood Westerns and American Myth: The Importance of Howard Hawks and John Ford for Political Philosophy. A small town in 1920: A hundred years ago, freedom — and society — looked quite different. A Promising Land: Small towns in the South are looking for a few good Jewish families. Networking the neighborhood: A Vermont town reinvents the Net. A review of The Last Empty Places: A Past and Present Journey Through the Blank Spots on the American Map by Peter Stark. Dare to be finished: The Dictionary of American Regional English gets ready to close the book on its already 45-year-old project. More on Greil Marcus’s New Literary History of America. Redemption Song: Why music is the one giant thing America has done right. More and more and more and more and more on Broke, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc. — How the Working Poor Became Big Business by Gary Rivlin. From Adbusters, Chris Hedges on American Psychosis: What happens to a society that cannot distinguish between reality and illusion?; and an article on America's identity crisis: Coming to terms with imperial decline. Call the Politburo, we’re in trouble: Tom Engelhardt on entering the Soviet Era in America.

A new issue of the Journal of Historical Biography is out. From Interpersona, Dan Rempala (Hawaii): Seizing, Freezing, and Suffering? Looking at Need for Closure in Romantic Relationships; and Hafez Bajoghli (TUMS) and Edith Holsboer-Trachsler and Serge Brand (Basel): Cultural and Gender-related Differences of Concepts of Love between Iranian and Swiss Adults Based on Hafez’ Poetry of Love. Revenge of the ’80s: Mclean's meets the heroes of Splash, Footloose, and E.T., and find they’ve changed. From Mechanical Engineering magazine, an essay on engineers as visionaries. From obesity to chronique fatigue syndrome, jihadism to urban ennui, the costs of civilization are becoming ever more apparent. More and more and more on Pandora's Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization by Spencer Wells. Conan Doyle and the creeping man: What was the mysterious force that haunted the creator of Sherlock Holmes? A review of Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved by Frans de Waal. David Rieff reviews Paul Berman's The Flight of the Intellectuals (and more by Marc Lynch). A few years ago, Akaya Windwood made a decision not to worry, ever — so how’s that working out for her? Robert Frank on Kahneman and Tversky and the impact of the irrelevant on decision making. Location, Location, Location: Tony Perrottet on a user's guide to the property markets of history. The Fear Factor: What happens to democracy when everyone's too scared to show up? Tony Judt on the disintegration of the public sector. Although queues can be annoying, they are also a leveling and unifying experience, the glue of civilization; indeed, a metaphor for life. A look at the best and worst book publishing websites. Frankie Thomas on the lure of the drama orgy: or, are you a Pauline?

From the JCMC, Heidi Campbell (Texas A&M): Religious Authority and the Blogosphere; and Sonja Utz (VU): Show Me Your Friends and I Will Tell You What Type of Person You Are: How one's profile, number of friends, and type of friends influence impression formation on social network sites. Anonymous online poster comment on everything from today’s news to hotel rooms; many are harmless, but some are ruthless — who are they exactly, and why do they do what they do? The philosophy (and business) of memes: Tracking and spreading viral and wacky Internet content is both a business and an art. The Internet offers an endless supply of medical information, some of it reliable, some of it not; faced with a supremely sensitive health-care decision, Matt Kapp turned to the Web. (Caution: Male-reader discretion advised.) Alissa Quart on the trouble with experts: The Web allows us to question authority in new ways. A review of Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky (and more and more and more and more and more and more) and The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brain by Nicholas Carr (and more and more and more and more and more and more). Googlethink: Nicholas Carr on the giant’s creepy efforts to read his mind (and more). YouTube is Google's greatest untapped weapon — and it'll stay that way. A review of The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company that is Connecting the World by David Kirkpatrick (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). R.I.P. Chatroulette, 2009-2010: A few months ago, it was the web's hottest trend — then users took their self-exposure way too far. Closing the digital frontier: How media companies are taming the Internet’s chaos. A look at how the most exciting part of web isn’t "world wide".

From the International Journal of Motorcycle Studies, Johannes Voelz (Frankfurt): A Matter of Style — Charlie Parker and Jack Kerouac: Between Coolness and Ecstasy; Klaus Neumann-Braun (Basel): Retro Meets Rat, or the Vespa Legacy in the Hands of Young People; Leerom Medovoi (PSU): Marx and McQueen: Racing against Communism in Fordist America; Gary L. Kieffner (UTEP): Police and Harley Riders: Discrimination and Empowerment; M. Shelly Conner (UIC): First-Wave Feminist Struggles in Black Motorcycle Clubs; history changes you: Darilynn (Dee) McClure on the Motorcycle Rights movement; a roundtable on Marlon Brando's The Wild One; a review of Bodies in Motion: Evolution and Experience in Motorcycling by Steven Thompson; a review of Riding on the Edge: A Motorcycle Outlaw’s Tale by John Hall; and a review of Harley-Davidson and Philosophy: Full-Throttle Aristotle. Hoping that history doesn’t repeat itself, the world’s rich countries are cutting spending and betting that the private sector can make up for withdrawn stimulus spending. From International Socialism, a review of Karl Marx, Anthropologist by Thomas Patterson; a review of Gramsci, Culture, and Anthropology by Kate Crehan; a review of The Gramscian Moment: Philosophy, Hegemony and Marxism by Peter Thomas; and Terry Eagleton on culture and socialism. Jon Stewart on how "Fox & Friends" deems it inappropriate for the Obama administration to mention Bush when talking about the wars, economy or oil spill. From The Village Voice, Kevin Baker on Coney Island's grand past and grim future: Requiem for a dreamland. The bitter war between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh has been on hold for 16 year, but that doesn't mean it's over.

From the Journal of Pan African Studies, a special issue on Black Studies. From Law and Contemporary Problems, a special issue on race and socioeconomic class. From The Nation, a review of The Making of African America: The Four Great Migrations by Ira Berlin and The Political Worlds of Slavery and Freedom by Steven Hahn. A review of Parallel Worlds: The Remarkable Gibbs-Hunt and the Enduring (In)significance of Melanin by Adele Logan Alexander. I feel your pain, unless you're from a different race. Race in America, race in music: Different trains, same two tracks. From The Chronicle, Imani Perry on the new black public intellectuals: Working to better one's community is as important as prestige and visibility. A review of Black Maverick: T.R.M. Howard’s Fight for Civil Rights and Economic Power by David Beito and Linda Royster Beito. A review of “Baad Bitches” and Sassy Supermamas: Black Power Action Films by Stephane Dunn. A review of White Gazes: The Continuing Significance of Race by George Yancy. The myth of black-on-black violence: As we head into another long, hot summer, the media — and black folks — need to retire this loaded term. Why aren't more blacks in the audience at Broadway plays? An interview with Lane Demas, author of Integrating the Gridiron: Black Civil Rights and American College Football. Racial supremacy still sounds foolish (you can't cure white racism by turning it upside down), but the notion that human populations harbor significant differences? Take a moment to think about it — the black male body, that is. Pascal Robert asks, what happened to the black literary canon? A review of Acting White: The Ironic Legacy of Desegregation by Stuart Buck. Are that many black folks really on Twitter?