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Academic Perspectives from Cambridge University Press.

January 18th 2017 0

Announcing the winner of our ‘Shoot the Moon’ photo competition

So congratulations to Samuele Draghi from Milan whose photograph (below) impressed Nicolas the most. Samuelle wins £100 worth of Cambridge astronomy books. Nicolas said: “This image makes the best use of basic amateur astronomer’s equipm…

January 17th 2017 0

30 years of LLE

The year 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the equation formulated by Luigi Lugiato and Renè Lefever to provide a paradigm for pattern formation à la Turing in nonlinear optical systems [1]. Chapter 28 of the book Nonlinear Optical Systems,…

January 16th 2017 0

Colours and Communication

By Daniel Kernell, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. People often talk about colours. Hence, it might seem important that they then talk about the same things. This is, however, not always the case. Colours exist only in the eyes and brains of the…

January 9th 2017 0

The Work and Lives of Teachers: A Global Perspective

What is the status of the teaching profession around the world? Do teachers in Europe, Asia and Africa see themselves as American teachers do? Are their rewards the same; their complaints the same?  And what are the implications of those teacher atti…

January 5th 2017 0

The Laws of Globalization Still Stand

The shock vote in the UK to leave the European Union took place just weeks before I completed final edits on my new book The Laws of Globalization and Business Applications.  And the month after it was released, Donald Trump was elected President in …

January 4th 2017 0

IQ and Neuroscience

Are you saying intelligence test scores are the most important thing about a person? No. No person can be reduced meaningfully to a test score. I am saying that, like it or not, the differences among people in their general ability to solve problems and l…

January 3rd 2017 0

Top 10 Most Read fifteeneightyfour Blog Posts of 2016

2016 was a fantastic year for the fifteeneightyfour blog which received nearly 50,000 page views (reads). We published 255 articles from 188 different authors across a wide range of topics so a huge thank to all the authors and editors who contributed. Be…

December 30th 2016 0

How the Big Apple Made the Georgia Peach

One of the things that surprised me as I conducted research for The Georgia Peach is how unsouthern Georgia peaches are. Don’t get me wrong: Prunus persica has grown in southern soil that southerners sometimes owned, and many southerners have plante…

December 21st 2016 0

The LLE and Patern Formulation

The year 2017 will mark the 30th anniversary of the equation formulated by Luigi Lugiato and Renè Lefever to provide a paradigm for pattern formation à la Turing in nonlinear optical systems [1]. Chapter 28 of the book Nonlinear Optical Syst…

December 20th 2016 0

Matryoshka Dolls and Defence Procurement

Cambridge University Press recently published my book The Law of Collaborative Defence Procurement in the European Union. Now many people ask me: “Your book is about defence procurement, right? So why do you have matryoshka dolls on the cover?&rdquo…

Cambridge Extra at the Linguist List


An online resource for linguists worldwide.

January 20th 2017 0

Trump’s Monolingual Disadvantage

Blog Post by Douglas Kibbee, author of Language and the Law: Linguistic Inequality in America Early in the fall of 2016 several news agencies speculated that Donald Trump might be suffering from early onset dementia.  Could this be related to his ada…

January 18th 2017 0

The Study of Language 6th edition by George Yule

This bestselling textbook provides an engaging and user-friendly introduction to the study of language. Assuming no prior knowledge of the subject, Yule presents information in bite-sized sections, clearly explaining the major concepts in linguistics thro…

January 12th 2017 0

This month in Linguistics from Cambridge

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December 19th 2016 0

Imagery in Albert Camus’s L’Étranger (1942)

Cambridge author Dr. Ron Batchelor explores the style of Camus’s L’Étranger . . . → Read More: Imagery in Albert Camus’s L’Étranger (1942)

November 23rd 2016 1

What are the most popular English language children’s books?

Language learning is affected by input, and reading to children is one of these input sources. Which children's books are most-read to children by parents and caregivers? . . . → Read More: What are the most popular English language children’s…

November 18th 2016 0

Language, cats and extra-terrestrials

Cambridge Professor Ian Roberts discusses Language, cats and extra-terrestrials.... . . . → Read More: Language, cats and extra-terrestrials

October 18th 2016 0

Hipsters in the hood: Authentication in young men’s hip hop talk

A limited number of studies have approached the topic of hip-hop authenticity with an analytic focus on discourses/ideologies rather than linguistic style and even fewer studies have investigated what we might call ‘third sphere’ of hip hop, t…

October 10th 2016 0

Essential reading in applied linguistics: The Language Teaching reading pack for MA/PhD students

The Applied Linguistics Reading Pack from Language Teaching is an invaluable resource for language professionals in applied linguistics, and it's now been updated with new content. . . . → Read More: Essential reading in applied linguistics: The Lan…

October 3rd 2016 0

Hillary Clinton talks more “like a man” the more powerful she becomes

By tracking Hillary Clinton's subtle linguistic behavior over time, Jennifer Jones' research shows how these forces manifest in Clinton's self-presentation. Jones' findings suggest that as the Democratic nominee transitioned from First Lady to U.S. Senato…

September 19th 2016 0

How caregivers combine tactile and linguistic cues

Studies have shown that both caregiver touch and speech play an important role in the early development of infants. Research examining early caregiver-infant interactions showed that touch is prominently present and is a key component of those interaction…

Cambridge Medicine


Keeping a finger on the pulse.

November 28th 2016 0

The challenges of big data in low- and middle-income countries: from paper to petabytes

Generation of digital data has expanded exponentially over the last decade, inspiring visions of data-driven healthcare and precision medicine. But the promise of big data is tempered by today’s reality in low resource settings: weak health systems …

November 18th 2016 0

Which behaviours and symptoms are the most distressing for family carers of people with dementia?

The November International Psychogeriatrics Article of the Month is entitled “A systematic review of the relationship between behavioral and psychological symptoms (BPSD) and caregiver well-being” by Alexandra Feast, Esme Moniz-Cook, Charlotte…

November 9th 2016 0

Insomnia more common in teens whose mums had postnatal depression

More than a third (36%) of teenagers whose mothers suffered from postnatal depression experienced sleep problems at the age of 18, compared to only one in five (22%) teenagers whose mothers didn’t suffer from postnatal depression. Insomnia affects b…

October 11th 2016 0

Towards an exposure-dependent model of post-traumatic stress

Imagine sitting at your desk at work, on a Friday afternoon, just waiting for the weekend to begin. Then; a loud bang, the walls are shaking, your office windows shatter. With ears ringing, you crawl out into the corridor. The guy in the office next to yo…

October 4th 2016 0

Danish Suicide Prevention Clinics prevent more than deaths by suicide

This post was written by Johannes Birkbak and Annette Erlangsen. A new Danish study finds that psychosocial therapy for suicide prevention does more than preventing deaths by suicide. The treatment also reduces risk of death by other causes. Mental a…

September 21st 2016 0

Get your sleep and treat depression to guard against Alzheimer’s disease

The September International Psychogeriatrics Article of the Month is entitled “Associations between depression, sleep disturbance, and apolipoprotein E in the development of Alzheimer’s disease: dementia” by Shanna L. Burke, Peter Marama…

September 13th 2016 0

Medicalisation of young minds: new study reveals 28% rise in antidepressant prescribing amongst 6-18 year olds « Swansea University

Antidepressant prescribing amongst children and young people has shown a significant increase of 28% in the past decade, even though recorded diagnoses of depression have gone down, according to new research published today. One in ten children and young …

September 7th 2016 0

A centenary of Robert T. Leiper’s lasting legacy on schistosomiasis and a COUNTDOWN on control of neglected tropical diseases

The latest Parasitology Paper of the Month is “A centenary of Robert T. Leiper’s lasting legacy on schistosomiasis and a COUNTDOWN on control of neglected tropical diseases” by J. Russell Stothard, Narcis B. Kabatereine, John Archer, Haj…

August 29th 2016 0

The road to depression: understanding the consequences of driving cessation in older women

The August International Psychogeriatrics Article of the Month is entitled “Moderating effects of social engagement on driving cessation in older women” by Nancy A. Pachana, Janni K Leung, Paul A Gardiner and Deirdre McLaughlin. This blog piec…

July 31st 2016 0

Risk factors for dementia diagnosis

The July International Psychogeriatrics Article of the Month is entitled “Risk factors for dementia diagnosis in German primary care practices” by Anke Booker, Louis EC Jacob, Michael Rapp, Jens Bohlken and Karel Kostev. This blog piece was wr…

Cambridge Library Collection


Books of enduring scholarly value.

March 20th 2015 0


Alas, and thrice woe (from my point of view anyway), this is my last ever blog for the Cambridge Library Collection. I now slip away into the sunset, leaving others to ramble on (or, even better, write snappily and coherently) … Continue reading &r…

March 16th 2015 1

Spring and Port Wine

 … is the name of a play and then a film about Bolton, in northern England. However, I’m borrowing the title because I’ve just spent a few spring days in (O)Porto, where the wine comes from. My Portuguese vocabulary has … Co…

March 10th 2015 2

The Wit and Wisdom of the Rev. Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith is described in his ODNB entry as ‘author and wit’, which somewhat overlooks the day job as a clergyman. In the two-volume ‘life and letters’ published in 1855 by his daughter Saba (a name he invented himself), she &he…

March 5th 2015 0

A Child’s History of England

The paths of the Cambridge Library Collection and Charles Dickens have crossed several times – remarkable, given that Dickens is (of course) one of Britain’s greatest novelists, and we don’t publish much fiction. But of the short experim…

March 3rd 2015 5

The Huguenots

I have mentioned before the industrious Samuel Smiles, Victorian believer in hard work and self-education (otherwise known as pulling oneself up by one’s bootstraps) as the way to social improvement and financial prosperity. His 1867 work on the Hug…

February 27th 2015 3

The Diary of John Evelyn

One of my vital tools as a scribbler of blogs on books is a little pack of those things – I don’t even know what they are called – which you can stick on to a page to mark a … Continue reading →

February 23rd 2015 3

Illustrations of Roman London

Charles Roach Smith was born on the Isle of Wight in 1806, and reared by his mother and older sisters after his father’s death when he was six years old. He was educated in Hampshire, and then brought back to … Continue reading →

February 18th 2015 1


It’s really too early in the year for a blog on this topic: galanthophilia is in full swing around the country. But we have just received the first copy of Sweet’s Hortus Britannicus, Or, a Catalogue of Plants, Indigenous, or … Continue…

February 16th 2015 0

The Roll Call

…or, to give it its full title, Calling the Roll after an Engagement, Crimea, a large military history painting exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1874, was so popular as an exhibit that a policeman, ‘poor, hot man’, had to … Cont…

February 12th 2015 0

Winter Journey

Last Saturday, in ‘CD Review’ on BBC Radio 3, they discussed and played extracts from various new recordings of Schubert song cycles, of which the least satisfactory (in my view) was a Winterreise by a counter-tenor. Not the strangeness of &he…

Journals Blog


Advancing learning, knowledge and research.

January 20th 2017 0

“O Sweet Cautery”: John of the Cross and the Healing of the Natural World” Mary Frohlich, RSCJ, Catholic Theological Union at Chicago In “The Living Flame of Love,” John of the Cross began to use the image of “cautery&…

January 20th 2017 0

Will providing food in randomised controlled trials produce greater weight loss effects?

The Nutrition Society Paper of the Month for January is from British Journal of Nutrition and is entitled: ‘Impact of food supplementation on weight loss in randomised-controlled dietary intervention trials: a systematic review and meta-analysis&rsq…

January 19th 2017 0

Jesus and the World of Grace, 1968–2016: An Idiosyncratic Theological Memoir

“Jesus and the World of Grace, 1968–2016: An Idiosyncratic Theological Memoir” William L. Portier, University of Dayton, CTS president Looking back at the last five decades of my development as a theologian, I offer an impressionistic lo…

January 19th 2017 0

Meet the Editorial Board for Modern American History: Q&A with Christopher Capozzola

In this installment of our blog series introducing the board members for the new Cambridge University Press journal, Modern American History, Christopher Capozzola gives us his take on United States history.…

January 18th 2017 0

New research on managing herbicide-resistant giant ragweed

Researchers writing in the latest issue of the journal Weed Science provide important insights on the control of herbicide-resistant giant ragweed

January 17th 2017 0

Populism in Europe – A Government & Opposition Collection

In this post, Government & Opposition co-Editor Erik Jones introduces a collection of free articles across the subject of Populism. The political landscape of Europe is changing rapidly and in ways that are hard to interpret.…

January 13th 2017 0

Making a dent in cataloguing Earth’s biodiversity

The latest Thematic Issue 'Trypetheliaceae' from The Lichenologist is now available online and unlocks the secrets to more than 400 species of tropical lichens.

January 10th 2017 0

The Troubled Families Programme: the ghost of policy past, present and future?

The Troubled Families Programme is once again back in the news. Launched in the aftermath of the 2011 riots, with the explicit aim of ‘turning around’ the 120,000 most ‘troubled families’ in England, it was one of the most high-pro…

January 10th 2017 0

Most Read in 2016

A collection of the most read posts published in 2016

January 9th 2017 0

Deceived by Orchids

The Institute for Historical Research recently selected ten of the “most interesting articles and books” of 2016 and I was delighted to find my BJHS paper Deceived by Orchids: Sex, Science, Fiction and Darwin among them.…

January 6th 2017 0

Meet the Editorial Board for Modern American History: Q&A with Thomas G. Andrews

In this first entry of the blog series introducing the board members of the new Cambridge University Press journal, Modern American History, Thomas G.…

January 5th 2017 0

Individual tracking shows free-range hens roam best with more space outdoors

The animal article of the month for January is ‘Outdoor stocking density in free-range laying hens: radio-frequency identification of impacts on range use‘.…

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