Over the course of the quarter century I researched this book I have had the privilege of seeing every plant mentioned in the Bible and Quran first hand. As a result I am sometimes asked which plant is my favorite. This is a tough question because of knowing these plants well. So to equivocate, I will settle on three—flax, aloeswood, and poppy.
From chazzanut to flamenco to Chinese opera, John Potter takes us on a journey around the world in A History of Singing. In part one, he and co-author Neil Sorrell discussed their inspiration for tackling such a seemingly daunting topic; in this final installment, John highlights a few standout examples—with clips!
What do economists mean when they refer to you as a “rational agent”? Why might a psychologist label your idea a “creative insight”? And how can different scientists disagree on the results of experiments that assess our risk for disease? The problem-solving methods that these experts use affect our daily lives, determining whether we are guilty or innocent, where we should invest our money, and whether the medicine we are taking is effective. But their decisions often seem counterintuitive to you and me – and sometimes they just seem wrong.
Last month, as part of our year-long celebration of Charles Dickens, Cambridge University Press invited high school students to participate in an essay contest inspired by the iconic author. Many of us first encounter Dickens in high school, but the world of his novels makes an impression that extends far beyond the classroom.
As you probably can imagine, Cambridge publishes a lot of reference titles, and we are pleased to launch the “Cambridge Reference” series to spotlight the diverse and cutting-edge titles on our list. Our inaugural post is from John Potter and Neil Sorrell, the co-authors of A History of Singing (on sale now)