science•culture is a series with a special agenda. We aim to encourage and publish books that deal with science, technology, and medicine, both as wellsprings of change in society and as forms of culture in their own right. As the sciences give rise to ever more matters of concern and opportunity in the contemporary world, we seek to publish books that explain how and why they are able do so, and to what effect. The books in the series are accessible to generally educated readers, but they are not popularizations or surveys: each tackles a clearly defined theme and advances an original argument. Our conviction is that public culture can be substantially enhanced by the kind of appreciation of the cultures of science that such books provide. As such, we welcome books that focus on any period, and that address any aspect of the sciences broadly construed.
We expect authors to address some interesting question, theme, or matter of contention that has not been adequately addressed in existing works and that demands this kind of clear and compelling treatment. Books in this series will powerfully communicate a definite point of view based in scholarship but with the freedom to reimagine the voice and style of the expert. The series aims to make its topics compelling to intelligent readers with no special knowledge in the subject at hand.
science•culture books are designed to make an impact. They are typically around 200 printed pages long and make liberal use of black-and-white illustrations. Titles generally appear first as trade cloth titles with full-color jackets, priced at attractive prices, before subsequently being produced in paperback.
We hope to talk with authors interested in writing for science•culture while they are still developing plans for a book and well before a manuscript is completed.