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Listen in on “The New Surveillance Society” – July 27th on NPR

Jul 21, 2014

Assistant professor of history Christopher McKnight Nichols can be heard on Philosophy Talk’s program on the “The New Surveillance Society” which will air nationally on NPR on Sunday July 27, 2014 and throughout that week. (The show was  taped in … Continue reading  Read full story.

Outing the Other

Jun 30, 2014

I’ve been reading another book in animal studies that talks about the other and even “othering,” a solecism I can barely tolerate and will keep in quotation marks. A number of philosophers have variously defined what the “other” is, ranging … Continue reading  Read full story.

Endangered Species and Contested Lands

Jun 13, 2014

For most people, saving a critter from extinction is a laudable goal with a fairly straightforward action-item: don’t kill the animal. The 1973 the Endangered Species Act in the United States set forth guidelines for compiling lists of such species, such as the California condor. In practice, however, the law did not just establish a […] Read full story.

Sophie Germain and Fermat’s Last Theorem

May 22, 2014

  by Tamara Caulkins* On May 20, 2014, the OSU Department of Mathematics sponsored a history lecture by Dr. David Pengelley, of New Mexico State University. Dr. Pengelley presented an animated lecture on the French mathematician, Sophie Germain (1776-1831). Dr. Pengelley’s interest in Germain was sparked by his use of primary historical sources in his [...] Read full story.