New Arrivals · Mathematics & Physics

February 10, 2016
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Light : a radiant history, from creation to the quantum age

February 9, 2016
Watson, Bruce, 1953- author.
New York, NY : Bloomsbury, 2016.
xiv, 282 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
"This light is come" : myths of creation and first light -- "The thing you call light" : early philosophers from Greece to China -- :The highest bliss" : the millennium of divine radiance -- "A glass like a glittering star" : Islam's Golden Age -- "Bright is the noble edifice" : paradise in the Middle Ages -- Chiaro e scuro : light and dark on canvas -- "Investigate with me what light is" : the Scientific Revolution and the Century of Celestial Light -- "In my darken'd chamber" : Isaac Newton and "Opticks" -- "A wild and harmonized tune" : the Romantics and the light seductive -- Undulations : particle vs. wave -- Lumière : France's dazzling century -- "Little globe of sunshine" : electricity conquers the night -- c: Einstein and the quanta, particle, and wave -- "Catching up with our dreams" : lasers and other everyday wonders.
"Delving into mythology, religion, philosophy, painting, and science, 'Light' captures the wonder and awe of humanity's study of light across three millennia of discovery"--Front jacket flap.

The best writing on mathematics. 2015

February 3, 2016
xxvi, 363 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Introduction / Mircea Pitici -- A dusty discipline / Michael J. Barany and Donald MacKenzie -- How puzzles made us human / Pradeep Mutalik -- Let the games continue / Colm Mulcahy and Dana Richards -- Challenging magic squares for magicians / Arthur T. Benjamin and Ethan J. Brown -- Candy Crush's puzzling mathematics / Toby Walsh -- Chaos on the billiard table / Marianne Freiberger -- Juggling with numbers / Erik R. Tou -- The quest for randomness / Scott Aaronson -- Synthetic biology, real mathematics / Dana Mackenzie -- At the far ends of a new universal law / Natalie Wolchover -- Twisted math and beautiful geometry / Eli Maor and Eugen Jost -- Kenichi Miura's water wheel, or, The dance of the shapes of constant width / Burkard Polster -- Dürer: disguise, distance, disagreements, and diagonals! / Annalisa Crannell, Marc Frantz, and Fumiko Futamura -- The quaternion group as a symmetry group / Vi Hart and Henry Segerman -- The Steiner-Lehmus angle-bisector theorem / John Conway and Alex Ryba -- Key ideas and memorability in proof / Gila Hanna and John Mason -- The future of high school mathematics / Jim Fey, Sol Garfunkel, Diane Briars, Andy Isaacs, Henry Pollak, Eric Robinson, Richard Scheaffer, Alan Schoenfeld, Cathy Seeley, Dan Teague, and Zalman Usiskin -- Demystifying the math myth: analyzing the contributing factors for the achievement gap between Chinese and U.S. students / Guili Zhang and Miguel A. Padilla -- The pigeonhole principle, two centuries before Dirichlet / Benoît Rittaud and Albrecht Heeffer -- A prehistory of Nim / Lisa Rougetet -- Gödel, Gentzen, Goodstein: the magic sound of a G-string / Jan von Plato -- Global and local / James Franklin -- Mathematical beauty, understanding, and discovery / Carlo Cellucci -- A guide for the perplexed: what mathematicians need to know to understand philosophers of mathematics / Mark Balaguer -- Writing about math for the perplexed and the traumatized / Steven Strogatz -- Is big data enough? A reflection on the changing role of mathematics in applications / Domenico Napoletani, Marco Panza, and Daniele C. Struppa -- The statistical crisis in science / Andrew Gelman and Eric Loken -- Statistics and the Ontario Lottery retailer scandal / Jeffrey S. Rosenthal -- Never say never / David J. Hand.
An anthology of the year's finest writing on mathematics from around the world, featuring promising new voices as well as some of the foremost names in mathematics.

Physics : a short history, from quintessence to quarks

February 2, 2016
Heilbron, J. L., author.
ix, 228 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
The Greek way -- Invention in antiquity. Physica ; Applications ; Dumbing down -- Selection in Islam. Falsafa ; Mixed mathematics ; Departures -- Domestication in Europe. At the interface ; Alma mater ; Fresh imports -- A second creation. Revolution or integration? ; The invention of physics ; Institutional frameworks ; Physics and enlightenment -- Classical physics and its cure. Standard models ; Physicists as librarians ; Woes and wonders in 1900 ; The profession -- From Old World to new. Legacies of World War I ; The legacy enriched ; Other interwar business ; Americanization -- The quintessential.
"How does the physics we know today-- a highly professionalized enterprise, inextricably linked to government and industry-- link back to its origins as a liberal art in ancient Greece? What is the path that leads from the old philosophy of nature and its concern with humankind's place in the universe to modern massive international projects that hunt down fundamental particles and industrial laboratories that manufacture marvels? John Heilbron's fascinating history of physics introduces us to Islamic astronomers and mathematicians, calculating the size of the earth whilst their caliphs conquered much of it; to medieval scholar-theologians investigating light; to Galileo, Copernicus, Kepler, and Newton, measuring, and trying to explain, the universe. We visit the 'House of Wisdom' in 9th-century Baghdad; Europe's first universities; the courts of the Renaissance; the Scientific Revolution and the academies of the 18th century; the increasingly specialized world of 20th and 21st century science. Highlighting the shifting relationship between physics, philosophy, mathematics, and technology-- and the implications for humankind's self-understanding-- Heilbron explores the changing place and purpose of physics in the cultures and societies that have nurtured it over the centuries"-- Publisher's description

Stephen Hawking : a life in science

January 25, 2016
White, Michael, 1959- author.
New York, NY : Pegasus Books LLC, [2016]
xii, 447 pages ; 23 cm
Revised and updated edition.
The day Galileo died -- Classical cosmology -- Going up -- Doctors and doctorates -- From black holes to the big bang -- Marriage and fellowship -- Singular solutions -- The breakthrough years -- When black holes explode -- The foothills of fame -- Back to the beginning -- Science celebrity -- When the universe has babies -- A brief history of time -- The end of physics? -- Fame and fortune -- A brief history of time travel -- Stephen Hawking : superstar -- God and the multiverse -- The topsy-turvy universe of a global icon.

Algebra teacher's activities kit : 150 activities that support algebra in the common core math standards, grades 6-12

January 21, 2016
Muschla, Judith A.
San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass, [2016]
xviii, 310 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
"Help your students succeed with classroom-ready, standards-based activities The Algebra Teacher's Activities Kit: 150 Activities That Support Algebra in the Common Core Math Standards helps you bring the standards into your algebra classroom with a range of engaging activities that reinforce fundamental algebra skills. This newly updated second edition is formatted for easy implementation, with teaching notes and answers followed by reproducibles for activities covering the algebra standards for grades 6 through 12. Coverage includes whole numbers, variables, equations, inequalities, graphing, polynomials, factoring, logarithmic functions, statistics, and more, and gives you the material you need to reach students of various abilities and learning styles. Many of these activities are self-correcting, adding interest for students and saving you time. This book provides dozens of activities that Directly address each Common Core algebra standard Engage students and get them excited about math Are tailored to a diverse range of levels and abilities Reinforce fundamental skills and demonstrate everyday relevance Algebra lays the groundwork for every math class that comes after it, so it's crucial that students master the material and gain confidence in their abilities. The Algebra Teacher's Activities Kit helps you face the challenge, well-armed with effective activities that help students become successful in algebra class and beyond"-- Provided by publisher.

Radioactive! : how Irène Curie and Lise Meitner revolutionized science and changed the world

January 11, 2016
Conkling, Winifred, author.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Young Readers, an imprint of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, [2016]
227 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The most beautiful experiment in the world?" -- Little queen and the other baby -- On the battlefields -- Dr. and Mrs. -- Right on time -- Lost and found -- A lab of her own -- Radium: treatment or toxin? -- Heavy metals -- Fleeing Hitler's Germany -- Eureka! the discovery of fission -- Chain reaction: research on fission goes global -- War -- Overlooked -- Afterward: physicists, pacifists, realists.
"The ... little-known story of how two brilliant female physicists' groundbreaking discoveries led to the creation of the atomic bomb"

GED Mathematical Reasoning test for dummies

December 30, 2015
Shukyn, Murray, author.
ix, 224 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Includes index.
Getting started with the GED Mathematical Reason Test -- Honing your math skills -- Putting your math knowledge and skills to the test -- The part of ten.
Overview and guide to the GED Mathematical Reasoning test, including overview, question structure, review of basic math skills, a diagnostic test, how to register, and more.

Light : the visible spectrum and beyond

December 29, 2015
Arcand, Kimberly K., author.
New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2015.
208 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Radio waves -- Microwaves -- Infrared -- Visible light -- Ultraviolet -- X-rays -- Gamma rays.
A visual exploration of the power and behavior of light across the entire electromagnetic spectrum reveals how types ranging from radio waves to X-rays affect life on earth and throughout the universe. --Publisher

A numerate life : a mathematician explores the vagaries of life, his own and probably yours

December 23, 2015
Paulos, John Allen, author.
206 pages ; 23 cm
Bully teacher, childhood math -- Bias, biography, and why we're all a bit far-out and bizarre -- Ambition versus nihilism -- Life's shifting shapes -- Moving toward the unexpected middle -- Pivots-past to present -- Romance among trans-humans and us cis-humans -- Chances are that chances are -- Lives in the era of numbers and networks -- My stock loss, hypocrisy, and a card trick -- Biographies : verstehen or superficial -- Trips, memories, and becoming jaded.

1,001 geometry practice problems for dummies

December 21, 2015
Ma, Allen, author.
vi, 448 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Includes index.
Practice makes perfect, and this friendly guide, with free access to online problems, gives you 1,001 chances to practice core geometry concepts! Perfect your skills with points, lines, angles, planes, and the area and volume of shapes. Polish up proofs, theorems, and postulates. You can track your progress online and see where you need more study. As your skills grow, so will your confidence!

Slapshot science : a curious fan's guide to hockey

November 30, 2015
Haché, Alain, 1970-
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015.
xiii, 176 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.
First period : the things that make the game : where we play and how we do it -- The rink -- The skate -- The shot -- Second period : on the ice and in the crease -- The best -- The goalie -- The injury -- Third period : the final score : who wins, who loses and by how much? -- The odds.

Mathematical mindsets : unleashing students' potential through creative math, inspiring messages, and innovative teaching

November 30, 2015
Boaler, Jo, 1964- author.
xiii, 292 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"A Wiley brand."
The brain and mathematics learning -- The power of mistakes and struggle -- The creativity and beauty in mathematics -- Creating mathematical mindsets: the importance of flexibility with numbers -- Rich mathematical tasks -- Mathematics and the path to equity -- From tracking to growth mindset grouping -- Assessment for a growth mindset -- Teaching mathematics for a growth mindset.
"Mathematical Mindsets provides practical strategies and activities to help teachers and parents show all children, even those who are convinced that they are bad at math, that they can enjoy and succeed in math. Jo Boaler--Stanford researcher, professor of math education, and expert on math learning--has studied why students don't like math and often fail in math classes. She's followed thousands of students through middle and high schools to study how they learn and to find the most effective ways to unleash the math potential in all students,"

Algebra II

November 10, 2015
Wheater, Carolyn C., 1951- author.
New York, NY : Alpha, a member of Penguin Random House LLC, 2015.
x, 342 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
Foundations -- Linear relationships -- Quadratic relationships -- Polynomial and rational functions -- Calculating and counting -- Extra practice.

Spooky action at a distance : the phenomenon that reimagines space and time - and what it means for black holes, the big bang, and theories of everything

November 9, 2015
Musser, George, author.
New York : Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
286 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The many varieties of nonlocality -- The origins of nonlocality -- Einstein's locality -- The great debate -- Nonlocality and the unification of physics -- Spacetime is doomed.
"The award-winning journalist and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to String Theory presents a tour of modern physics that provocatively examines growing understandings about the near-fantastical impact of particles to affect each other across the vastness of space,"

An Einstein encyclopedia

November 2, 2015
Calaprice, Alice, author.
xxiii, 347 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits, charts ; 27 cm
Credo: "What I believe" -- The personal and family spheres -- A life in science -- Identity and principles.

Relativity : the special & the general theory

September 21, 2015
Einstein, Albert, author.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2015]
300 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Translated from the German by Robert W. Lawson.

The magic of math : solving for x and figuring out why

September 14, 2015
Benjamin, Arthur, author.
321 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
The magic of numbers -- The magic of algebra -- The magic of 9 -- The magic of counting -- The magic of Fibonacci numbers -- The magic of proofs -- The magic of geometry -- The magic of [symbol for pi] -- The magic of trigonometry -- The magic of i and e -- The magic of calculus -- The magic of infinity -- Aftermath.
"The Magic of Math is the math book you wish you had in school. Using a delightful assortment of examples--from ice cream scoops and poker hands to measuring mountains and making magic squares--this book empowers you to see the beauty, simplicity, and truly magical properties behind those formulas and equations that once left your head spinning. You'll learn the key ideas of classic areas of mathematics like arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus, but you'll also have fun fooling around with Fibonacci numbers, investigating infinity, and marveling over mathematical magic tricks that will make you look like a math genius!,"

U Can : statistics for dummies

August 18, 2015
Rumsey, Deborah J. (Deborah Jean), 1961- author.
xiii, 511 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
"A Wiley brand."
Introduction -- Getting started with statistics -- Number-crunching basics -- Distributions and the central limit theorem -- Guesstimating and hypothesizing with confidence -- Statistical studies and the hunt for a meaningful relationship -- The part of tens.
Surmount statistics with these key lessons, practice problems, and easy-to-follow examples.

U Can : basic math & pre-algebra for dummies

August 18, 2015
Zegarelli, Mark, author.
xiii, 509 pages ; 26 cm
Includes index.
"A Wiley brand."
Introduction -- Getting started with basic math and pre-algebra -- Getting a handle on whole numbers -- Parts of the whole: fractions, decimals, and percents -- Picturing and measuring: graphs, measures, stats, and sets -- The x-files: introduction to algebra -- The part of tens.
Conquer basic math and pre-algebra with these key lessons, practice problems, and easy to follow examples.


August 3, 2015
Freiberger, Marianne, author.
vii, 327 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
How nothing gave us something -- One is all you need -- Butterflies, murder and a proof that didn't fit in the margin -- From irrationality to the divine -- Of prime importance -- Naturally! -- It takes three -- In another dimension -- Trouble with tiles -- Bees do it, we do it -- Easy as pi? -- Are you feeling lucky? -- A matter of scale -- About time -- It is a truth universally acknowledged -- Mostly harmless -- Would you like fries with that? -- An adventure though time and space -- You can be (almost) certain of this -- The height of perfection -- Too big to write but not too big for Graham -- Are we there yet? -- Marks the spot -- Imaginary is everything

What's math got to do with it? : how teachers and parents can transform mathematics learning and inspire success

July 28, 2015
Boaler, Jo, 1964- author.
New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2015.
xxii, 245 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
First published by Viking Penguin, 2008.

Big science : Ernest Lawrence and the invention that launched the military-industrial complex

July 9, 2015
Hiltzik, Michael A., author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
x, 512 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustration ; 24 cm
A heroic time -- South Dakota boy -- "I'm going to be famous" -- Shims and sealing wax -- Oppie -- The deuton affair -- The cyclotron republic -- John Lawrence's mice -- Laureate -- Mr. Loomis -- "Ernest, are you ready?" -- The racetrack -- Oak Ridge -- The road to Trinity -- The postwar bonanza -- Oaths and loyalties -- The shadow of the Super -- Livermore -- The Oppenheimer affair -- The return of small science -- The "clean bomb" -- Element 103.
"The birth of Big Science can be traced to Berkeley, California, nearly nine decades ago, when a resourceful young scientist with a talent for physics and an even greater talent for promotion pondered his new invention and declared, 'I'm going to be famous!' Ernest Orlando Lawrence's cyclotron would revolutionize nuclear physics, but that was only the beginning of its impact. It would change our understanding of the basic building blocks of nature. It would help win World War II. Its influence would be felt in academia and international politics. It was the beginning of Big Science,"--Novelist.

A beautiful question : finding nature's deep design

July 8, 2015
Wilczek, Frank.
New York, New York : Penguin Press, 2015.
430 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (mostly color) ; 24 cm
The question -- Pythagoras I : thought and object -- Pythagoras II : number and harmony -- Plato I : structure from symmetry : Platonic solids -- Plato II : escaping the cave -- Newton I : method and madness -- Newton II : color -- Newton III : dynamic beauty -- Maxwell I : God's esthetics -- Maxwell II : the doors of perception -- Prelude to symmetry -- Quantum beauty I : music of the spheres -- Symmetry I : Einstein's two-step -- Quantum beauty II : exuberance -- Symmetry II : local color -- Quantum beauty III : beauty at the core of nature -- Symmetry III : Emmy Noether : time, energy, and sanity -- Quantum beauty IV : in beauty we trust -- A beautiful answer?

Algebra II for Dummies

July 7, 2015
Sterling, Mary Jane, author.
Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, [2015]
xiv, 388 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Going beyond beginning algebra -- Toeing the straight line: linear equations -- Conquering quadratic equations -- Rooting out the rational, radical, and negative -- Graphing your way to the good life -- Formulating function facts -- Sketching and interpreting quadratic functions -- Staying ahead of the curves: polynomials -- Reasoning with rational functions -- Exposing exponential and logarithmic functions -- Cutting up conic sections -- Solving systems of linear equations -- Solving systems of nonlinear equations and inequalities -- Simplifying complex numbers in a complex world -- Making moves with matrices -- Making a list: sequences and series -- Everything you wanted to know about sets -- Ten multiplication tricks -- Ten special types of numbers.

Algebra I

June 26, 2015
Wheater, Carolyn C., 1951- author.
New York, NY : Alpha, a member of Penguin Random House LLC, [2015]
x, 338 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
"400 bonus practice problems--with easy-to-understand answers--available online."
Introduction to algebra -- Linear relationships -- Variations on the line -- Polynomials -- Radical, quadratic, and rational functions -- Appendixes.
Starting with the very basics and reinforcing concepts with practice and tips along the way, "Idiot's Guides: Algebra I" makes a complex subject easier to grasp and helps students and adult learners clear the hurdles that can stand between them and their academic goals.

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