A Century in Books: Princeton University Press 1905-2005 by Staff PrincetonUniversity Press

By Staff PrincetonUniversity Press

All of it all started atop a drugstore in Princeton, New Jersey, in November 1905. From its modest beginnings, Princeton college Press was once to turn into one of many world's most crucial scholarly publishers, embracing a wealth of disciplines that experience enriched our cultural, educational, and medical panorama. either as a tribute to our authors and to rejoice our centenary, Princeton collage Press right here offers A Century in Books. This superbly designed quantity highlights a hundred of the approximately 8,000 books we've released. unavoidably winnowed from a miles higher record, those books most sensible typify what has been longest enduring, such a lot defining, and so much specified approximately our publishing history--from Einstein's The which means of Relativity (1922) to the various mathematical and different works that marked the Press's watershed decade of the Nineteen Forties, together with von Neumann and Morgenstern's idea of video games and financial habit; from milestones of literary feedback via Erich Auerbach and Northop Frye to George Kennan's Pulitzer Prize-winning booklet on Soviet-American kin; from Milton Friedman and Anna Jacobson Schwartz's A financial background of the us, 1867-1960 to newer landmarks equivalent to L. Luca Cavalli-Sforza, Paolo Menozzi, and Alberto Piazza's The background and Geography of Human Genes and Robert Shiller's Irrational Exuberance. ln addition to succinct descriptions of the a hundred titles and a brief advent at the historical past of the click, the booklet gains 5 essays by way of admired students and writers: Michael wooden discusses the impression on Princeton collage Press of intellectuals who fled Nazi Germany and authored many influential books. Anthony Grafton recounts our wealthy publishing culture in historical past, politics, and tradition. Sylvia Nasar strains our evolution right into a major voice in economics publishing. Daniel Kevles displays on Einstein, a determine of targeted value to Princeton. And Lord Robert may possibly writes on our long-standing culture of publishing in arithmetic and technology. A Century in Books is greater than a party of a hundred years of publishing at Princeton college Press--it is a treasure trove of a hundred years of books that experience additional to the richness of twentieth-century highbrow existence.

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In the s, medievalists like Robert Brentano and Robert Benson published with the Press what remain classic studies of the institutions of medieval Catholicism. Students of the Reformation, such as Horton Davies, and of the French Revolution, such as Timothy Tackett, pursued similar themes into later centuries. Tightly focused, dazzlingly written studies by Mark Pegg, Jeffrey Freedman, and Brendan Dooley have kept the institutional history of Christian churches at the very center of the Press’s offerings in European history.

He taught in Austria until , when he emigrated to New Zealand in anticipation of the Nazi annexation of Austria the following year, and he settled in England in . Before the annexation, Popper had written mainly about the philosophy of science, but from  until the end of the Second World War he focused his energies on political philosophy, seeking to diagnose the intellectual origins of German and Soviet totalitarianism. The Open Society and Its Enemies was the result. In the book, Popper condemned Plato, Marx, and Hegel as “holists” and “historicists’’—a holist, according to Popper, believes that individuals are formed entirely by their social groups; historicists believe that social groups evolve according to internal principles that it is the intellectual’s task to uncover.

He also sought to shift the focus of political philosophy away from questions about who ought to rule toward questions about how to minimize the damage done by the powerful. The book was an immediate sensation, and—though it has long been criticized for its portrayals of Plato, Marx, and Hegel— it has remained a landmark on the left and right alike for its defense of freedom and the spirit of critical inquiry. T   Atomic Energy for Military Purposes: The Official Report on the Development of the Atomic Bomb under the Auspices of the United States Government, – Henry De Wolf Smyth n the eve of the dramatic climax of the Manhattan Project—the secret American program to create a nuclear weapon during World War II—the project’s managers asked Henry De Wolf Smyth, Princeton physicist and a key staff member of the project, to draft a report about its activities.

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