One can only be delighted that Notes on the Underground is again available in print. Great books can only remain classics if they are reread by new generations of readers. It is now possible to put Williams’s book alongside other classics such as Leo Marx’s The Machine in the Garden or Raymond Williams’s The City and the Country. Notes on the Underground deserves to be added to this prestigious list of studies that continue to inspire all those who defend a holistic yet not necessarily homogeneous view of analyzing science and culture.—Jan Baetens, Leonardo—
What are the consequences when human beings dwell in an environment that is predominantly built rather than given? An uncommonly astute and provocative array of answers are examined through the metaphor of living underground, literally and in literature…A spellbinder.
, Whole Earth Review
Williams has written a book that is clear and enjoyable…Notes on the Underground’s moral imperative not only makes for fascinating criticism, but also encourages a rethinking of our ecological priorities.