Fifteen Eighty Four

Academic perspectives from Cambridge University Press


The Spread of the Modern Central Bank and Global Cooperation

Central banks have not always been as ubiquitous or as economically and politically prominent as they are today. A century ago, some two-thirds of the world’s countries didn’t have one at all (see...

Barry Eichengreen, Andreas Kakridis | 23 May 2024

Secrets of our genome: Small RNAs conduct the molecular orchestra of life

The actions of genes are fundamental to life as we know it. But how is your genome’s prodigious output controlled? What checks and balances ensure the right ‘amount’ of gene activity in each of...

David C Henshall | 21 May 2024

Research Design

To the public at large, scientific “facts” constantly seem to change. Some of these changes are dramatic. When I was a child there were nine planets in our solar system. However, a child born today...

Alan E. Kazdin | 15 May 2024

How Islam Rules in Iran

How Islam Rules in Iran questions prevailing assumptions about the Iranian theocracy by demonstrating that the Islamic Republic has deep and continuously evolving ideological and jurisprudential roots....

Mehran Kamrava | 13 May 2024

Communicate Compellingly, Not Academically

Are you tired of your reports, emails, memos, even social media posts going unread and unappreciated? Here’s the solution, with my five favourite tricks for writing which really makes an impact. Prepare...

Simon Hall | 10 May 2024

Just Following Orders: From Perpetrator Testimonies to Brain Research

One night in 2013, I found myself watching a documentary on television about a criminal investigation. Watching such documentaries was not uncommon for me, as my studies in neuropsychology and criminology...

Emilie A. Caspar | 8 May 2024

The Necessary Mix

Market favoritism has been aggressively supported for more than 50 years by the Right and adopted by many on the Left. The emphasis has been on the priority of markets over government for solution to...

Joseph P. Tomain, Sidney A. Shapiro | 6 May 2024

Uniting Slavists Across the Traditions

A linguistic rift runs down the North Atlantic. On its American side linguistics seems to begin and end with phonology, syntax and semantics. On the European side, the picture is much more complex, as...

Wayles Browne, Danko Šipka | 1 May 2024

The quest for the essence of Christianity is alive and well

Adolf von Harnack in May 1923, public domain. The term “essence of Christianity” has an archaic feel about it, not unlike colloquial phrases such as “made in the shade” or “butter and egg...

David W. Congdon | 1 May 2024

Question: Why did we include these particular passages in the dedication?

To the memory of Walter Roberts III (1959–2021) τὸ γάρ τοι θάνατον δεδιέναι, ὦ ἄνδρες,                              ...

Sheron Fraser-Burgess, Jessica Heybach, Dini Metro-Roland | 30 Apr 2024

Choices in a Chaotic Campaign:  Looking Forward to the 2024 U.S. Presidential Election

We write this blog knowing the 2024 presidential election will be a rematch of the 2020 contest between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.  We are not fully aware, though, how changes in the political landscape...

Kim L. Fridkin, Patrick J. Kenney | 29 Apr 2024

30 years working on conjugated polymers

It is rather appropriate that our book on conjugated polymers comes out 30 years to the month since I arrived in Cambridge to start working on them for the first time. When I joined Andy Holmes’s group...

Andrew Grimsdale | 26 Apr 2024