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Rachel Field

Editor for Physical Sciences, Technology, Mathematics

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startquoteWelcoming proposals in the physical sciences, mathematics, and technology, I seek ambitious, interdisciplinary projects for scholars and the inquisitive reader. A trained statistician and published author of research in neuroscience journals, I believe that boldly argued books are crucial to ensuring that new ideas continue to drive scientific debate, inspiring innovation and collaboration. I am passionate about publishing books at the intersection of science and society, books that offer a fresh lens through which we can understand and ultimately solve the world’s most urgent problems. I pursue manuscripts that challenge our preconceptions, trace the evolution of ideas, and tell a story about the world we inhabit and the science that shaped it.

Drawing upon my background working in academic publishing and at a Big Five trade publisher, I work closely with authors to sharpen their arguments and polish their prose, all with the goal of reaching the widest possible audience.endquote

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Jacket: An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns, by Bruno Latour, translated by Catherine Porter, from Harvard University Press

Honoring Latour

In awarding Bruno Latour the 2021 Kyoto Prize for Arts and Philosophy, the Inamori Foundation said he has “revolutionized the conventional view of science” and “his philosophy re-examines ‘modernity’ based on the dualism of nature and society.” Below is an excerpt from An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns. For more than twenty years, scientific and technological controversies have proliferated in number and scope, eventually reaching the climate itself. Since geologists are beginning to use the term “Anthropocene” to designate the era of Earth’s history that follows the Holocene