The brain – world – Uppsala University connection can be found in some recommended reading. (Photo: Pixabay)2023-02-10
Literature on the brain
Research into the brain is still in its infancy. Some ancient Greeks even believed that mental activity occurred in the heart. It was first during the Renaissance that the brain began to be explored. The brain – world – Uppsala University connection can be found here in some recommended reading.
Charlotte Borg Skoglund at the Department of Medical Sciences, Psychiatry, has written a book together with Martina Nelson entitled: Adhd på jobbet: om forskning, hjärnan och strategier (ADHD at work: on research, the brain and strategies). Their view is that with the right knowledge and adjustments, ADHD need not be an obstacle to professional life. The book was released in autumn 2022. It is targeted at people with ADHD, but also at employers, managers, HR staff and others.
Li Bennich-Björkman from the Department of Government and the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies has focused on the iron curtain in the book Bakom och bortom järnridån: de sovjetiska åren och frigörelsen i Baltikum och Ukraina (Behind and Beyond the Iron Curtain: The Soviet Years and Liberation in the Baltics and Ukraine). In it she examines the structures of power and resistance and recounts how relations between the central state in Moscow, the local communist parties and the local intelligentsia influenced the Baltic and Ukrainian paths to democracy. The book was released in November 2022.
As we travel through the literary world, we can move on to the Handbok för medborgare i universum (Handbook for citizens of the universe), published in autumn 2022. The earthly editor of the handbook, Ulf Danielsson from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has written the preface and comments on the text.
Do you want to save the world during working hours and help drive sustainable change whatever your role or position in the hierarchy of your company or organisation? Then there’s a handbook for you too! The book’s title is Odla idéer: från idé till action med Sustainability Sprint-metoden - en handbok i hur du får hållbara idéer att växa snabbt (Cultivating ideas: from idea to action using the Sustainability Sprint method – a handbook on how to make sustainable ideas grow quickly). Linda Fragner, one of the authors of the book, has previously studied economics at Uppsala University.
Racism has major consequences for our lives and the democratic basis of society. However, racism is not a natural order but a political problem that can be influenced and, in the long run, remedied. This is the claim of Edda Manga, Mattias Gardell, Alireza Behtoui, René León Rosales and Alexander Ekelund in their book Att mata rasism (Feeding racism). Gardell works at the Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism. Manga has a certain connection to our Department of History of Science and Ideas (and to Gardell – they are married).
To round things off, we return to the brain. Back in 2012, Marcus Näslund published the book Verklighetens kvadratrötter: vad den där matematiken faktiskt används till (Square roots of reality: what that mathematics is actually used for). Näslund was a mathematics student at our University when he wrote the book. His aim was to do justice to mathematics, a subject which many see as unnecessary and boring and which others have been fascinated by for thousands of years. The book is targeted at both secondary school students and maths teachers. His collection of novels, En Summa av Ögonblick (A Sum of Moments), will be published in 2023. The novels describe various historical mathematical discoveries and how different our society would have been if history had taken just a slightly different course.