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An Introduction to Uncle Charlie: NIST Research that Proved Baseballs Really Curve

A look back at NIST research into an important summer question. Continue reading

Academic Libraries and the Textbook Taboo: Time to Get Over It?

Has the time come for academic libraries to start thinking seriously about providing textbooks to their student patrons? A few are already doing so–why not more? Continue reading

Gone Fishing: Off for the 4th of July

Summertime, and we’re off for the 4th of July. Some suggested listening and reading for the break. Continue reading

Book Review: “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari

An excellent book about humankind in general holds important fundamental insights for scholarly publishers, editors, and researchers. Continue reading

Vitamins, Painkillers, and the Entrepreneurial Library

What does it mean for libraries to be competitive and “entrepreneurial”? And is the very concept a Trojan horse for neoliberalism? Does it matter? Continue reading

Divided We Fall — How a Fragmented Media Space Affects Academia and Scholarly Publishing

The general fragmentation of media and society has profound implications, and may explain to some extent the fragmentation being seen in higher education and scholarly publishing. Continue reading

The Partnership Between Q and U

More language nerdery, probing the origins of the pairing of the letters Q and U in English. Continue reading

The Power of Community — Why Much of Scholarly Publishing Is Unlikely to Change Quickly

Journals as communication vehicles that bind communities of practice are still important and well-regarded, but there are external forces changing them and our industry, along with a rising level of neglect, which may mean a harder future for them than ever. What might we lose? And how does this explain why change is so slow in coming? Continue reading

A History of Nothing

An animated look at the history of zero. Continue reading

Cheap As Chips, and Other Expressions Explained

A short video explaining the meaning behind and origins of common words and phrases. Continue reading

The New(ish) Kids on the Block – Touring the Megajournals

A tour of four major “megajournals” and some of their neighbors finds a few common approaches and a few distinguishing features, but the entire category may need to be rethought given the lack of “mega” generally among the set. Continue reading

Why Does English Have So Many Words That Have Twins?

The impact of the Germanic and Romance language roots that led to modern English. Continue reading

How Far Back in Time Could You Go and Still Understand English?

Thinking of traveling back in time? Watch this cautionary video first. Continue reading

Guest Post, Fred Dylla — Three Years after the OSTP Public Access Directive: A Progress Report

On the three year anniversary of the OSTP Public Access memo, AIP’s Fred Dylla takes a look at the significant progress made. Continue reading

Richard Feynman, The Great Explainer

The story of physicist Richard Feynman, “The Great Explainer”. Continue reading

Conversations in Genetics: An Oral History of Biology

“Conversations In Genetics” offers a treasure trove of material to historians of science. Continue reading

The Man Behind Schoolhouse Rock!

A visit with Bob Dorough, 92, the man who set education to song for a generation in the US. Continue reading

NYPL Shows Academic Libraries What “Public Domain” Means

The New York Public Library has now opened up hundreds of thousands of their digitized public-domain documents to unrestricted access and reuse, encouraging members the general public to exercise all the rights in those documents that the law gives them. Why aren’t more academic libraries doing the same thing? Continue reading

The Terrible Burden of a Prestigious Brand

While all publishers like to have a strong brand, some brands are so prestigious that they actually serve to paralyze the managements responsible for them, making it impossible to introduce innovations and to develop the business. Vast bureaucracies arrive whose purpose is not to develop the business but to protect the vaunted brand. This is a management problem, not a marketing one, but it can stymie a publisher from pursuing a progressive agenda. Continue reading

Greetings from the Age of Abundance

A farewell to 2015, and some thoughts on why our culture has, in an age of abundance, slowed down so much. Continue reading

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