If you enjoyed last week's post from Brian Jeffrey Maxson on humanisim in Florence, check out his piece this week as he takes you behind the scenes conducting research in the Florence state archives for his book The Humanist World of Renaissance Florence.

Recent years have seen the political prominence of Mormons taken to a new level – including the presidential candidacy of Republican Mitt Romney, the prominent involvement of Mormons in the campaign for California's Proposition 8, and the ascendancy of Democrat Harry Reid to the position of Senate Majority Leader. In this excerpt from Seeking the Promised Land, three scholars consider the legacy and future of Mormons in American politics.

In this interview with Tony Hey, the author of this fall’s The Computing Universe ruminates on the fascinating and uncertain future of our increasingly digital world. What is the future of artificial...

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