New Arrivals · Mathematics & Physics

September 27, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Hidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race

September 26, 2016
Lee Shetterly, Margot, author.
xviii, 346 pages ; 24 cm
A door opens -- Mobilization -- Past is prologue -- The double V -- Manifest destiny -- War birds -- The duration -- Those who moved forward -- Breaking the barriers -- Home by the sea -- The area rule -- Serendipity -- Turbulence -- Angle of attack -- Young, gifted, and black -- What a difference a day makes -- Outer space -- With all deliberate speed -- Model behavior -- Degrees of freedom -- Out of the past, the future -- America is for everybody -- To boldly go.
Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South's segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America's aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam's call, moving to Hampton, Virginia, and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory. Even as Virginia's Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley's all-black "West Computing" group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.

Einstein's masterwork : 1915 and the general theory of relativity

September 26, 2016
Gribbin, John, 1946- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2016.
xiii, 226 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
In the beginning. Early life ; Breaking free ; Einstein and the Ploy ; Rejection ; Rescue -- The annus mirabilis. The doctoral thesis ; Jiggling atoms ; Particles of light ; The special one -- The long and winding word. The geometry of relativity ; Moving on ; In the shadow of a giant ; On the move ; First steps ; What Einstein should have known ; The masterwork -- Legacy. Black holes and timewarps ; Beyond reasonable doubt ; Making waves ; The universe at large -- The icon of science. Personal problems ; Fame ; A last quantum hurrah ; Exile ; Spooky action at a distance ; The final years.
"One of the world's most celebrated science writers reveals the origins of Einstein's General Theory--and provides a greater understanding of who Einstein was at the time of this pivotal achievement,"--NoveList.

The circle : a mathematical exploration beyond the line

August 24, 2016
Posamentier, Alfred S.
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2016.
349 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The circle relationships in basic plane geometry-and an extension -- Curious relationships involving circles (special roles) -- Famous theorems about circles -- Circle packing problems -- Equicircles -- Circle constructions : the problem of Apollonius -- Inversion-circle symmetry -- Mascheroni constructions-using only a compass -- Circles in art and architecture -- Hypocycloids and Epicycloids -- Spherical geometry : circles on the sphere.

Tour of the electromagnetic spectrum

August 22, 2016
Butcher, Ginger, author.
Washington, DC : National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2016.
31 page : chiefly color illustrations; 28 cm
Shipping list no.: 2016-0335-P.

Painless algebra

August 19, 2016
Long, Lynette.
Hauppauge, New York : Barrons Educational Series, Inc., [2016]
viii, 359 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
3rd ed. (Hauppauge, N.Y. : Barron's Educational Series, Inc., c2011), has title: Barron's painless algebra.
A painless beginning -- The integers -- Solving equations with one variable -- Solving inequalities -- Graphing linear equations and inequalities -- Solving systems of equations and inequalities -- Exponents -- Roots and radicals -- Quadratic equations -- Advanced topics.
Teaches algebra by explaining integers, simple equations with one variable, inequalities, systems of equations, exponents, roots, radicals, and quadratic equations.

Calculus I

July 21, 2016
Kelley, W. Michael, author.
xiv, 338 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The roots of calculus -- Laying the foundation for calculus -- The derivative -- The integral -- Differential equations and more.
"Let's face it: the thought of Calculus I can be daunting. But it needn't be. in this helpful guide, the fundamentals of Calculus I are taught in easy-to-understand terms, with lots of explanatory graphs and illustrations and over 150 practice problems that feature simple, step-by-step solutions to really explain what you need to know,"--page [4] of cover.

Geometry for dummies

July 21, 2016
Ryan, Mark, 1955- author.
xii, 391 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
Getting started with geometry basics -- Introducing proofs -- Triangles: polygons of the three-sided variety -- Polygons of the four-or-more-sided variety -- Working with not-so-vicious circles -- Going deep with 3-D geometry -- Placement, points, and pictures: alternative geometry topics -- The part of tens.


July 21, 2016
Donnelly, Robert A.
Indianapolis, Indiana : Alpha, a member of Penguin Random House LLC, [2016]
xvii, 317 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.

High School algebra II unlocked

June 28, 2016
Duhon, Theresa (Dancer), author.
[New York, New York] : Penguin Random House : The Princeton Review, [2016]
xiii, 361 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

High School geometry unlocked

June 28, 2016
Torres, Heidi, author.
[New York, New York] : Penguin Random House, [2016]
xi, 385 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

High school algebra I unlocked

June 27, 2016
Markowitz, Eliz, author.
Natick, MA : Penguin Random House : The Princeton Review, 2016
383 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Einstein : an illustrated biography

June 14, 2016
Maier, Corinne, author.
London : Nobrow, 2016.
62 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 30 cm
First published in French: Dargaud, 2015.
"Translated by Etienne Gilfillan and Arran Brown"--Title page verso.

Einstein at home : [recollections of his housekeeper, 1927 to 1933]

June 7, 2016
Herneck, Friedrich, author.
204 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Originally published in German: Einstein privat : Herta W. erinnert sich an die Jahre 1927 bis 1933 / Friedrich Herneck (Berlin : Der Morgen, c1978).
Introductory remarks -- Friedrich Herneck, historian of science in difficult times / by Dieter B. Herrmann -- Einstein's road to Berlin -- and beyond / by Josef Eisinger -- Einstein at home: Herta W. recalls the years 1927 to 1933 / by Friedrich Herneck
"These intimate, candid descriptions of the private life of Albert Einstein come from a series of interviews with Herta Waldow, a housekeeper who lived with Einstein and his wife and daughter from 1927 to 1933 at their residence in Berlin. After World War II, science historian Friedrich Herneck interviewed Ms. Waldow and published the conversations in the former East Germany. Unavailable in English till now, these five interviews offer fascinating glimpses into the great scientist's daily routines while he lived as a celebrated scientist in Weimar Germany."--Amazon.

The man who knew infinity : a life of the genius Ramanujan

May 9, 2016
Kanigel, Robert, author.
x, 438 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, maps ; 22 cm
One. In The Temple's Coolness/1887 to 1903 -- 1. Dakshin Gange -- 2. Sarangapani Sannidhi Street -- 3. A Brahmin Boyhood -- 4. Off-scale -- 5. The Goddess of Namakkal -- Two. Ranging With Delight/1903 to 1908 -- 1. The Book of Carr -- 2. The Cambridge of South India -- 3. Flight -- 4. Another Try -- 5. The Notebooks -- 6. A Thought of God -- 7. Enough is Enough -- Three. The Search For Patrons/1908 to 1913 -- 1. Janaki -- 2. Door-to-Door -- 3. "Leisure" in Madras -- 4. Jacob Bernoulli and His Numbers -- 5. The Port Trust -- 6. The British Raj -- 7. The Letter -- Four. Hardy/G. H. Hardy to 1913 -- 1. Forever Young -- 2. Horseshoe Lane -- 3. Flint and Stone -- 4. A Fellow of Trinity -- 5. "The Magic Air" -- 6. The Hardy School -- Five. "I Beg To Introduce Myself..."/1913 to 1914 -- 1. The Letter -- 2. "I Have Found in You a Friend ..." -- 3. "Does Ramanujan Know Polish?" -- 4. A Dream at Namakkal -- 5. At the Dock -- Six. Ramanujan's Spring/1914 to 1916 -- 1. Out of India -- 2. Together -- 3. The flames of Louvain -- 4. The zeroes of the zeta function -- 5. S. Ramanujan, B.A. -- Seven. The English Chill/1916 to 1918 -- 1. High table -- 2. An Indian in England -- 3. "A singularly happy collaboration" -- 4. Deepening the hole -- 5. "All us big steamers" -- 6. The Danish phenomenon -- 7. Trouble back home -- 8. The Nelson monument -- 9. Ramanujan, mathematics, and God -- 10. Singularities at X = 1 -- 11. Slipped from memory -- Eight. "In Somewhat Indifferent Health"/from 1918 -- 1. "All the world seemed young again" -- 2. Return to the cauvery -- 3. The final problem -- 4. A son of India -- 5. Ramanujan reborn -- 6. Better blast furnaces? -- 7. Svayambhu.
A biography of the Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. The book gives a detailed account of his upbringing in India, his mathematical achievements, and his mathematical collaboration with English mathematician G. H. Hardy. The book also reviews the life of Hardy and the academic culture of Cambridge University during the early twentieth century.

Tour of the electromagnetic spectrum

May 9, 2016
Butcher, Ginger, author.
Washington, DC : National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2015.
29 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Shipping list no.: 2016-0155-P.
"NP-2015-06-1938-HQ"--Page 4 of cover.

The grammar of graphics

April 1, 2016
Wilkinson, Leland
New York, NY : Springer, 2005.
xviii, 690 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (p. [635]-671) and index.

Algebra unplugged

April 1, 2016
Amdahl, Kenn.
Broomfield, Colo. : Clearwater Pub., 1995.
258 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Introductory stuff -- The game -- Numbers with interesting properties -- Fraction refresher -- Terms, factors, and polynomials -- Rearranging expressions -- Handy tricks and magic words -- Solving equations -- Graphing -- Sometimes there's more than one answer -- Functions and formulas -- Systems of equations -- Looking forward.
"Explains the basic concepts, vocabulary and strategies of algebra. No exercises, just clear writing, humor and information."--Page 4 of cover.

The call of the primes : surprising patterns, peculiar puzzles, and other marvels of mathematics

March 29, 2016
O'Shea, Owen, 1956-
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2016.
330 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Some words on the Lo Shu and other magic squares -- The call of the primes -- Some words on Pythagorean triples -- The Monty Hall problem and other deceptive puzzles in probability theory -- The Fibonacci sequence -- The Lucas sequence -- The irrational number Phi -- The square root of -1 -- The square root of -2 -- The square numbers -- The triangular numbers -- The transcendental number known as π -- The transcendental number ℯ -- Pascal's triangle -- Some strange and remarkable coincidences -- Beautiful mathematical equations.
This sampler of entertaining mathematical diversions reveals the elegance and extraordinary usefulness of mathematics for readers who think they have no aptitude for the subject. If you like any kind of game at all, you’ll enjoy the amazing mathematical puzzles and patterns presented here in straightforward terms that any layperson can understand. From magic squares and the mysterious qualities of prime numbers to Pythagorean triples, probability theory, the Fibonacci sequence, and more, the author shows that math can be fun while having some profound implications.

Black hole blues : and other songs from outer space

March 28, 2016
Levin, Janna, author.
241 pages ; 22 cm
When black holes collide -- High fidelity -- Natural resources -- Culture shock -- Joe Weber -- Prototypes -- The Troika -- The climb -- Weber and Trimble -- LHO -- Skunkworks -- Gambling -- Rashomon -- LLO -- Little cave on Figueroa -- The race is on.
"In 1916, Einstein became the first to predict the existence of gravitational waves: sounds without a material medium generated by the unfathomably energy-producing collision of black holes. Now, Janna Levin, herself an astrophysicist, recounts the story of the search, over the last fifty years, for these elusive waves--a quest that has culminated in the creation of the most expensive project ever funded by the National Science Foundation ($1 billion-plus). She makes clear the how the waves are created in the cosmic collision of black holes, and why the waves can never be detected by telescope. And, most revealingly, she delves into the lives and fates of the four scientists currently engaged in--and obsessed with--discerning this soundtrack of the universe's history. Levin's account of the surprises, disappointments, achievements, and risks of this unfolding story provides us with a uniquely compelling and intimate portrait of the people and processes of modern science"-- Provided by publisher.

Fluke : the math and myth of coincidences

March 22, 2016
Mazur, Joseph.
New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2016]
viii, 273 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Introduction -- The stories -- Exceptional moments -- The girl from Petrovka and other benign coincidences -- Meaningful coincidences -- The mathematics -- What are the chances? -- Bernoulli's gift -- Long strings of heads -- Pascal's triangle -- The problem with monkeys -- The analysis -- Enormity of the world -- The stories of chapter 2 revisited -- The head-scratchers -- Evidence -- Discovery -- Risk -- Psychic power -- Sir Gawain and the Green Knight -- Epilogue.
Looks at coincidences and unlikely occurrences, delving into the mathematical concepts of probability and sharing stories of striking flukes and coincidences from around the world.

The imitation game : Alan Turing decoded

March 21, 2016
Ottaviani, Jim, author.
New York : Abrams ComicArts, 2016.
233 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm

Burn math class : and reinvent mathematics for yourself

March 21, 2016
Wilkes, Jason, author.
New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2016]
392 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.

The math myth : and other STEM delusions

March 9, 2016
Hacker, Andrew, author.
239 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
The "M" in STEM -- A harsh and senseless hurdle -- Will plumbers need polynomials? -- Does your dermatologist use calculus? -- Gender gaps -- Does mathematics enhance our minds? -- The Mandarins -- The Common Core: one size fits all -- Discipline versus discovery -- Teaching, tracking, testing -- How not to treat statistics -- Numeracy 101.

Seven brief lessons on physics

March 4, 2016
Rovelli, Carlo, 1956- author.
86 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Includes index.
The most beautiful of theories -- Quanta -- The architecture of the cosmos -- Particles -- Grains of space -- Probability, time, and the heat of black holes -- Ourselves.
An introduction to modern physics by a founder of the loop quantum gravity theory shares seven succinct lessons on topics ranging from general relativity and quantum mechanics to elementary particles and black holes.

Strange glow : the story of radiation

February 23, 2016
Jorgensen, Timothy J., author.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2016]
xiii, 490 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Preface. Nuclear Jaguars -- Part one: Radiation 101: the basics. Now you see it: radiation revealed ; Seek and you shall find: radioactivity everywhere ; Splitting hairs: atomic particles and nuclear fission -- Part two: the health effects of radiation. Painted into a corner: radiation and occupational illness ; The Hippocratic Paradox: radiation cures cancer ; Location, location, location: radiation sickness ; Snow warning: radioactive fallout ; After the dust settles: measuring the cancer risk of radiation ; Breeding season: genetic effects ; Crystal clear: the target for radiation damage -- Part three: weighing the risks and benefits of radiation. Silent spring: radon in homes ; A tale of two cities: diagnostic radiography ; Sorry, wrong number: cell phones ; Hot tuna: radioactivity in food ; Blue moon: nuclear power plant accidents ; The things they carried: geopolitical radiation threats -- Epilogue. N-Rays.
"More than ever before, radiation is a part of our modern daily lives. We own radiation-emitting phones, regularly get diagnostic x-rays, such as mammograms, and submit to full-body security scans at airports. We worry and debate about the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the safety of nuclear power plants. But how much do we really know about radiation? And what are its actual dangers? An accessible blend of narrative history and science, Strange Glow describes mankind's extraordinary, thorny relationship with radiation, including the hard-won lessons of how radiation helps and harms our health. Timothy Jorgensen explores how our knowledge of and experiences with radiation in the last century can lead us to smarter personal decisions about radiation exposures today. Jorgensen introduces key figures in the story of radiation--from Wilhelm Roentgen, the discoverer of x-rays, and pioneering radioactivity researchers Marie and Pierre Curie, to Thomas Edison and the victims of the recent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. Tracing the most important events in the evolution of radiation, Jorgensen explains exactly what radiation is, how it produces certain health consequences, and how we can protect ourselves from harm. He also considers a range of practical scenarios such as the risks of radon in our basements, radiation levels in the fish we eat, questions about cell-phone use, and radiation's link to cancer. Jorgensen empowers us to make informed choices while offering a clearer understanding of broader societal issues. Investigating radiation's benefits and risks, Strange Glow takes a remarkable look at how, for better or worse, radiation has transformed our society."--provided by publisher.

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