New in the collection (August 2023) – Szilárd Library

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New in the collection (August 2023)

An overview of selected new books in Szilárd Library, with a word from their authors, reviewers and publishers

The human condition ( The University of Chicago Press 2018)

By Hannah Arendt

The Human Condition is in many respects more relevant now than when it first appeared in 1958. The problems Arendt identified then—diminishing human agency and political freedom, the paradox that as human powers increase through technological and humanistic inquiry, we are less equipped to control the consequences of our actions—continue to confront us today.

Grain & noise : artists in synthetic biology labs (Transcript 2023)

Edited by Markus Schmidt

The collaboration between scientists and artists in the form of Artist-in-Lab residencies may not only cause a productive disturbance for a day’s work in the laboratory, but also reveal new ways of understanding. These stories, where chemistry labs, tobacco plants, genetically edited bacteria, and new-to-nature enzymes collide with music, photography, film, and visual arts, infuse the ongoing dialogue between art and sciences with grain, noise, and synergies.

Resisting AI : an anti-fascist approach to artificial intelligence (Bristol University Press 2022)

by Dan McQuillan

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is everywhere, yet it causes damage to society. Instead of helping to address our current crises, AI causes divisions that limit people’s life chances, and even suggests fascistic solutions to social problems. This book provides an analysis of AI’s deep learning technology and its political effects and traces the ways that it resonates with contemporary political and social currents.

The phantom scientist (The MIT Press 2023)

By Robin Cousin

A mind-bending graphic novel about isolated institute laid out in a Fibonacci sequence, hidden deep in the forest. Twenty-four labs. Twenty-four researchers. Until one of them disappears . . . The Phantom Scientist is part thriller, part mystery, part systems theory—and all enthralling. The tale slyly draws together linguistics, biology, astrophysics, and robotics in a mind-bending puzzle that will thrill and inform readers.