Quantitative Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences - new book series from Springer


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Quantitative Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Quantitative Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences is a book series designed to foster research-based conversation with all parts of the university campus - from buildings of ivy-covered stone to technologically savvy walls of glass. Scholarship from international researchers and the esteemed editorial board represents the far-reaching applications of computational analysis, statistical models, computer-based programs, and other quantitative methods. Methods are integrated in a dialogue that is sensitive to the broader context of humanistic study and social science research. Scholars, including among others historians, archaeologists, new media specialists, classicists and linguists, promote this interdisciplinary approach. These texts teach new methodological approaches for contemporary research. Each volume exposes readers to a particular research method. Researchers and students then benefit from exposure to subtleties of the larger project or corpus of work in which the quantitative methods come to fruition.


Editorial Board:

Tom DeFanti, California Institute for Telecommunication and Information (Calit2)
Anthony T. Grafton, Princeton University
Thomas Levy, Anthropology, UCSD
Lev Manovich, Computer Science, The Graduate Center CUNY, and Calit2
Alyn Rockwood, Applied Mathematics and Computational Science, KAUST


If you want to submit a book proposal:

Contact Hannah Bracken (Springer US): Hannah.Bracken@springer.com

"Software Takes Command" softcover: 3D views


Yesterday I dropped by the office of my publisher Bloomsbury Academic to pick softcover copy of my new book Software Takes Command. Its a nice object (and "battery lasts foreover"). The book should arrive on Amazon within couple of weeks. (Here is the press release with full details).

I always enjoy "teardown" blog posts, where people take apart new consumer electronics devices. Since I only have one copy of my softcover so far, I did not want to destroy it - but here are some initial 3D views of how the package looks from outside. (You can complete the "teardown" by getting a copy for yourself, and reading it! Amazon will be selling softcover and ePub versions.)


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"Software Takes Command" by Lev Manovich (July 2013): summary of the book's narrative


Software Takes Command, by Lev Manovich
Book cover: design exploration by Cicero Silva.


My new book Software Takes Command is coming out in early July. You can order the book on Amazon already. Here is the press release with details.

if you are interested in finding out more about the book, take a look at the 4 pages from the book's introduction which summarize its narrative:

Software Takes Command: summary of the book's narrative (PDF, 4 pages)


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new book by Lev Manovich is coming out on July 4: press release and publication details



Book web page: www.manovich.net/softbook

Twitter: #softbook


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
CONTACT: Katy Otto, 240.478.9387 or katyotto@gmail.com



New Media Expert Lev Manovich Announces Releases First Book Offering a Detailed Analysis of Software We Use Daily



New Book, Software Takes Command, To Come Out July 4

New York, NY – Lev Manovich, acclaimed new media expert and Professor of Computer Science at The Graduate Center, CUNY, will release his latest work Software Takes Command on July 4, 2013.

Published by Bloomsbury Academic, this new book from the celebrated author of The Language of New Media is the first to offer a rigorous analysis of the technology we all use daily - software for media authoring, access, and sharing. What motivated developers in the 1960s and ‘70s to create the concepts and techniques that now underlie contemporary applications like Photoshop, Illustrator, and Final Cut? How do these tools shape the visual aesthetics of contemporary media and design? What happens to the idea of a “medium” after previously media-specific tools have been simulated and extended into software? Does “media” still exist?Lev Manovich answers these questions through detailed analysis of key media applications such as Photoshop and After Effects, popular web services such as Google Earth, and milestone projects in design, motion graphics, and interactive environments. Software Takes Command is a must for technologists, designers, artists and researchers concerned with contemporary media and digital culture.


In addition to soft cover, hard cover, and e-book, the complete book will be available as free download under Creative Commons License.

For media inquiries, including interview requests and review copies, contact Katy Otto at (240) 478-9387 or katyotto@gmail.com.

For speaking inquiries, contact Miki Oda at miki.oda2@gmail.com



Endorsements of Software Takes Command:

"Computers haven't transformed media--they've shattered the very idea of a medium. Lev Manovich connects the dots of software society, from layers in Photoshop to layers of data, interpretation, and meaning.” Martin Wattenberg, Software Artist and Scientist.

"Lev Manovich is the only media theorist around who is talking not just about what computers do but how they do it. In search of mass media’s “Velvet Revolution,” Manovich peers behind the black curtain of software. There he discovers the hybrid languages and slippery workflows that drive today’s ubiquitous mix of animation, typography, design, and live action." Ellen Lupton, Curator of Contemporary Design, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

"Through a theoretical analysis of the computer as cultural metamedium and a probing history of 'media software' such Photoshop and After Effects, among others, this is essential reading for anyone interested in how software has changed how we work, create, and perceive the world." Tanya Clement, Assistant Professor, School of Information at the University of Texas, Austin.

"This long-researched book, which synthesizes critical theory, human-computer interaction, and media history as well as newer approaches from the digital humanities, allows software to take its place as a commanding element in our conversations about computers, and how we work, play, learn, and create." Matthew Kirschenbaum, Associate Director, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, University of Maryland.


ISBN numbers:

Hardcover: 9781623568177
Softcover: 9781623567453
ePub: 9781623562618


Lev Manovich is Professor of Computer Science at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, Director of the Software Studies Initiative (www.softwarestudies.com) at California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, and Visiting Professor at European Graduate School. His earlier book The Language of New Media was described as "the most suggestive and broad ranging media history since Marshall McLuhan." Read more about Lev and his work at www.manovich.net or follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/manovich. For more on Software Takes Command, visit www.manovich.net/softbook.

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