Selection from the forthcoming books

selected by the editors

  • Gen. Podrobná historie

    Gen. Podrobná historie

    Siddhartha Mukherjee

    Title in English: The Gene: An Intimate History
    The Gene is the story of one of the most powerful and dangerous ideas in our history, from bestselling, prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee. Spanning the globe and several centuries, The Gene is the story of the quest to decipher the master-code that makes and defines humans, that governs our form and function. The story of the gene begins in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia in 1856 where a monk stumbles on the idea of a ‘unit of heredity’. It intersects with Darwin’s theory of evolution, and collides with the horrors of Nazi eugenics in the 1940s. The gene transforms post-war biology. It reorganizes our understanding of sexuality, temperament, choice and free will. This is a story driven by human ingenuity and obsessive minds – from Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel to Francis Crick, James Watson and Rosalind Franklin, and the thousands of scientists still working to understand the code of codes. This is an epic, moving history of a scientific idea coming to life, by the author of The Emperor of All Maladies. But woven through The Gene, like a red line, is also an intimate history – the story of Mukherjee’s own family and its recurring pattern of mental illness, reminding us that genetics is vitally relevant to everyday lives. These concerns reverberate even more urgently today as we learn to “read” and “write” the human genome – unleashing the potential to change the fates and identities of our children. Majestic in its ambition, and unflinching in its honesty, The Gene gives us a definitive account of the fundamental unit of heredity – and a vision of both humanity’s past and future.

    Czech translation: Jan Šmarda, Kateřina Danielová

    To be published in half of 2018.

  • Protidžihádistický vigilantismus v kyberprostoru

    Protidžihádistický vigilantismus v kyberprostoru

    Jakub Drmola

    Title in English: Antijihadist vigilantism in cyberspace
    Aim of this book is to explore the character of antijihadist vigilantism in cyberspace and the impact it has on jihadism-motivated terrorism measured by the number of attacks and the number of casualties. For this purpose, a hybrid stochastic model is built using the methods of system dynamics and principles of power laws. This model is then validated on the historical data from the period of 2007-2016 and allows for forward-looking simulations. The first part introduces key theoretical concepts, the second part explains the methodology used here and the third part is split into a description of the structure model and the results of the performed simulations.

    To be published in August 2018.

  • Moravský kras. Průvodce Josefovským a Křtinským údolím

    Moravský kras. Průvodce Josefovským a Křtinským údolím

    Rudolf Musil et al.

    Interdisciplinary guidebook to the unique terrain between Adamov in the west and Křtiny in the east points out the attractions from various fields, both natural and social sciences. Josefovské and Křtinské valleys are unique landscape phenomena; thanks to the study of them we can better understand the long development of the Moravian Karst. The knowledgeable and authentic text written by the collective of expert presents the latest information complemented by a number of photographs, maps and tables.

    To be published in the second half of 2018.

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