New Arrivals · Mathematics & Physics

January 1, 2019
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Easy math step-by-step : master high-frequency concepts and skills for mathematical proficiency--fast!

December 31, 2018
Clark, William D, author.
New York : McGraw-Hill Education, [2019]
vii, 294 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Hacking mathematics : 10 problems that need solving

December 28, 2018
Sheeran, Denis, author.
163 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Hack 1. Help them see math everywhere -- Hack 2. Pull a double switch and add practice time -- Hack 3. Join the MTBoS -- Hack 4. Encourage a digital show and tell -- Hack 5. Be less helpful and ask more questions -- Hack 6. Go prospecting for relevant learning -- Hack 7. Solve the calculator conundrum -- Hack 8. Ask unanswerable questions -- Hack 9. Create a wonderwall -- Hack 10. Communicate the message with two-by-fours.
This book shows teachers how to hack instructional approach and assessment procedures to promote a culture of mathematical inquiry and engagement.

The atom : a visual tour

December 17, 2018
Challoner, Jack, author.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, 2018.
192 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
A brief history of the concept "Atom" -- Structure of the atom -- Atomic identies -- Atoms together -- Seeing and manipulating atoms -- Atomic applications -- The end of atomism?

Pre-calculus for dummies

November 26, 2018
Sterling, Mary Jane, author.
xii, 396 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
Introduction -- Getting started with pre-calculus -- The essentials of trigonometry -- Analytic geometry and system solving -- The part of tens.
Pre-calculus courses have become increasingly popular with 35 percent of students in the U.S. taking the course in middle or high school. Often, completion of such a course is a prerequisite for calculus and other upper level mathematics courses. Pre-Calculus For Dummies is an invaluable resource for students enrolled in pre-calculus courses. By presenting the essential topics in a clear and concise manner, the book helps students improve their understanding of pre-calculus and become prepared for upper level math courses.

Encyclopedia of rainbows : our world organized by color

November 20, 2018
Ream, Julie Seabrook, author.
San Francisco, California : Chronicle Books LLC, [2017]
172 pages : color illustrations ; 18 cm
Includes index.
In this playful visual encyclopedia, artist Julie Ream groups together colorful iterations of a single type of thing and meticulously arranges them in rainbow order.-- Provided by publisher.

College algebra

November 13, 2018
Moyer, Robert E., author.
xi, 451 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
Previous edition: 2014.
Includes index.
Tough Test Questions? Missed Lectures? Not Enough Time? Fortunately, there's Schaum's. This all-in-one-package includes more than 1,900 fully solved problems, examples, and practice exercises to sharpen your problem-solving skills. Plus, you will have access to 30 detailed videos featuring Math instructors who explain how to solve the most commonly tested problems--it's just like having your own virtual tutor! You'll find everything you need to build confidence, skills, and knowledge for the highest score possible. More than 40 million students have trusted Schaum's to help them succeed in the classroom and on exams. Schaum's is the key to faster learning and higher grades in every subject. Each Outline presents all the essential course information in an easy-to-follow, topic-by-topic format. Helpful tables and illustrations increase your understanding of the subject at hand. This Schaum's Outline gives you -1,940 fully solved problems -Hundreds of additional practice problems with answers -Coverage of all course concepts. Fully compatible with your classroom text, Schaum's highlights all the important facts you need to know. Use Schaum's to shorten your study time--and get your best test scores! Schaum's Outlines--Problem Solved.

Lost in math : how beauty leads physics astray

November 12, 2018
Hossenfelder, Sabine, 1976- author.
xi, 291 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"June 2018"--Title page verso.
Preface -- The hidden rules of physics : in which I realize I don't understand physics anymore. I talk to friends and colleagues, see I'm not the only one confused, and set out to bring reason back to Earth -- What a wonderful world : in which I read a lot of books about dead people and find that everyone likes pretty ideas but that pretty ideas sometimes work badly. At a conference I begin to worry that physicists are about to discard the scientific method -- The state of the union : in which I sum up ten years of education in twenty pages and chat about the glory days of particle physics -- Cracks in the foundations : in which I meet with Nima Arkani-Hamed and do my best to accept that nature isn't natural, everything we learn is awesome, and that nobody gives a fuck what I think -- Ideal theories : in which I search for the end of science but find that the imagination of theoretical physicists is endless. I fly to Austin, I let Steven Weinberg talk at me, and realize how much we do just to avoid boredom -- The incomprehensible comprehensibility of quantum mechanics : in which I ponder the difference between math and magic -- One to rule them all : in which I try to find out if anyone would care about the laws of nature if they weren't beautiful. I stop off in Arizona, where Frank Wilczek tells me his little Theory of Something, then I fly to Maui and listen to Garrett Lisi. I learn some ugly facts and count physicists -- Space, the final frontier : in which I try to understand a string theorist and almost succeed -- The universe, all there is, and the rest : in which I admire the many ways to explain why nobody sees the particles we invent -- Knowledge is power : in which I conclude the world would be a better place if everyone listened to me -- Appendix A. The standard model particles -- Appendix B. The trouble with naturalness -- Appendix C. What you can do to help.
"Whether pondering black holes or predicting discoveries at CERN, physicists believe the best theories are beautiful, natural, and elegant, and this standard separates popular theories from disposable ones. This is why, Sabine Hossenfelder argues, we have not seen a major breakthrough in the foundations of physics for more than four decades. The belief in beauty has become so dogmatic that it now conflicts with scientific objectivity: observation has been unable to confirm mindboggling theories, like supersymmetry or grand unification, invented by physicists based on aesthetic criteria. Worse, these "too good to not be true" theories are actually untestable and they have left the field in a cul-de-sac. To escape, physicists must rethink their methods. Only by embracing reality as it is can science discover the truth"-- Provided by publisher.

Intermediate algebra

November 9, 2018
Steege, Ray.
ix, 380 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
Includes index.
Fundamental Concepts -- Polynomials -- Rational Expressions -- First-Degree Equations and Inequalities -- Exponents, Roots, and Radicals -- Second-Degree Equations and Inequalities -- Systems of Equations and Inequalities -- Relations and Functions -- Exponential and Logarithmic Functions -- Sequences, Series, and the Binomial Theorem.
This Schaum's Outline gives you: ---800 supplemental problems to reinforce knowledge; ---Concise exaplanations of all intermediate algebra concepts; ----Information on polynomials, rational expressions, exponents, roots, radicals, sequences, series and the bionomical theorem; ---New end of chapter quiz for every chapter; ---New cumulative test; ---New "Alternate Method" for factoring; ---New appendix on the "Frentheway Method" including the proof and examples; --- Support for all major textbooks for courses in Intermediate Algebra. --Publisher's description.

Elements of tensor calculus

September 5, 2018
Lichnerowicz, André, 1915-1998.
Mineola, New York : Dover Publications, Inc., 2016.
viii, 164 pages ; 21 cm.
An unabridged republication of the 1962 translation of the 4th edition (1958); 1962 translation published by: London : Methuen & Co. Ltd. ; New York : John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

The elegant universe : superstrings, hidden dimensions, and the quest for the ultimate theory

August 13, 2018
Greene, B. (Brian), 1963-
New York : WW Norton & Co., ©2003.
xv, 448 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Pt. 1. Edge of knowledge -- ch. 1. Tied up with string -- pt. 2. Dilemma of space, time, and the quanta -- ch. 2. Space, time, and the eye of the beholder -- ch. 3. Of warps and ripples -- ch. 4. Microscopic weirdness -- ch. 5. Need for a new theory : general relativity vs. quantum mechanics -- pt. 3. Cosmic symphony -- ch. 6. Nothing but music : the essentials of superstring theory -- ch. 7. "Super" in superstrings -- ch. 8. More dimensions than meet the eye -- ch. 9. Smoking gun : experimental signatures -- pt. 4. String theory and the fabric of spacetime -- ch. 10. Quantum geometry -- ch. 11. Tearing the fabric of space -- ch. 12. Beyond strings : in search of m-theory -- ch. 13. Black holes : a string/m-theory perspective -- ch. 14. Reflections on cosmology -- pt. 5. Unification in the twenty-first century -- ch. 15. Prospects.
Relates the scientific story and the human struggle behind the search for the string theory--the ultimate theory which scientists believe is capable of describing all physical phenomena, large and small; and discusses how the theory is impacting human understanding of space and time.

Cracking the AP calculus AB exam.

August 2, 2018
New York, NY : Penguin Random House, Inc.
volumes : illustrations ; 28 cm
At head of title: The Princeton Review.

Cracking the AP calculus BC exam.

August 2, 2018
New York, NY : Penguin Random House, Inc.
volumes : illustrations ; 28 cm
At head of title: The Princeton Review.

Cracking the AP physics 2 exam.

August 2, 2018
New York, NY : Penguin Random House, c2015-
At head of title: The Princeton Review.

Cracking the AP physics 1 exam.

August 2, 2018
New York, NY : Penguin Random House, c2014-
At head of title: The Princeton Review.

Through two doors at once : the elegant experiment that captures the enigma of our quantum reality

August 2, 2018
Ananthaswamy, Anil, author.
x, 290 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue: The story of nature taunting us -- The case of the experiment with two holes : Richard Feynman explains the central mystery -- What does it mean "to be"? : the road to reality, from Copenhagen to Brussels -- Between reality and perception : doing the double slit, one photon at a time -- From sacred texts : revelations about spooky action at a distance -- To erase or not to erase : mountaintop experiments take us to the edge -- Bohmian rhapsody : obvious ontology evolving the obvious way -- Gravity kills the quantum cat? : the case for bringing spacetime into the mix -- Healing an ugly scar : the many worlds medicine -- Epilogue: Ways of looking at the same thing?
"It's the story of quantum mechanics told through the lens of the 'double-slit' experiment, showing how light passing through two slits cut into a cardboard sheet first challenged our understanding of light and the nature of reality almost two hundred years ago--and continues to do so"-- Provided by publisher.

Cracking the AP statistics exam.

August 1, 2018
New York, NY : Random House,
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
At head of title: The Princeton Review.

Cracking the AP physics C exam.

August 1, 2018
New York, NY : Random House
At head of title: The Princeton Review.

Becoming the math teacher you wish you'd had : ideas and strategies from vibrant classrooms

July 17, 2018
Zager, Tracy, 1972-
Portland, Maine : Stenhouse Publishers, [2017]
xvi, 376 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Acknowledgments -- Breaking the cycle -- What do mathematicians do? -- Mathematicians take risks -- Mathematicians make mistakes -- Mathematicians are precise -- Mathematicians rise to a challenge -- Mathematicians ask questions -- Mathematicians connect ideas -- Mathematicians use intuition -- Mathematicians reason -- Mathematicians prove -- Mathematicians work together and alone -- "Favorable conditions" for all math students.
"While mathematicians describe mathematics as playful, beautiful, creative, and captivating, many students describe math class as boring, stressful, useless, and humiliating. In Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had, Tracy Zager helps teachers close this gap by making math class more like mathematics. Tracy spent years with highly skilled math teachers in a diverse range of settings and grades. You'll find this book jam-packed with new thinking from these vibrant classrooms. You'll grapple with big ideas: How is taking risks inherent to mathematics? How do mathematicians balance intuition and proof? How can teachers value both productive mistakes and precision? You'll also find dozens of practical teaching techniques you can try in your classroom right away--strategies to stimulate students to connect ideas; rich tasks that encourage students to wonder, generalize, conjecture, and persevere; routines to teach students how to collaborate. All teachers can move toward increasingly authentic, delightful, robust mathematics teaching and learning for themselves and their students. This important book helps us develop instructional techniques that will make the math classes we teach so much better than the math classes we took." -- Provided by publisher.

What is real? : the unfinished quest for the meaning of quantum physics

June 22, 2018
Becker, Adam, 1984- author.
ix, 370 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Prologue : The impossible done -- Part I. A tranquilizing philosophy. The measure of all things -- Something rotten in the eigenstate of Denmark -- Street brawl -- Copenhagen in Manhattan -- Part II. Quantum dissidents. Physics in exile -- It came from another world! -- The most profound discovery of science -- More things in heaven and earth -- Part III. The great enterprise. Reality underground -- Quantum spring -- Copenhagen versus the universe -- Outrageous fortune -- Appendix. Four views of the strangest experiment.
"Quantum mechanics is humanity's finest scientific achievement. It explains why the sun shines and how your eyes can see. It's the theory behind the LEDs in your phone and the nuclear hearts of space probes. Every physicist agrees quantum physics is spectacularly successful. But ask them what quantum physics means, and the result will be a brawl. At stake is the nature of the Universe itself. What does it mean for something to be real? What is the role of consciousness in the Universe? And do quantum rules apply to very small objects like electrons and protons, but not us? In What is Real?, Adam Becker brings to vivid life the brave researchers whose quest for the truth led them to challenge Bohr: David Bohm, who picked up Einstein's mantle and sought to make quantum mechanics deterministic, all while being hounded by the forces of McCarthyism; Hugh Everett, who argued that everything, big and small, must be governed by the same rules; and John Bell, who went to great lengths to eradicate the power of the god-like observer from the core of quantum physics. And they paid dearly, their reputations, careers, and sometimes lives ruined completely. But history has been kinder to them than their contemporaries were. As Becker shows, the brave intellectual giants have inspired a growing army of physicists and philosophers intent both on making a philosophically more satisfying theory of the universe and a more useful one as well. A gripping story of some of humanity's greatest ideas and the high cost with which many have pursued them, What is Real? is intellectual history at its passionate best"-- Provided by publisher.

Reactions : an illustrated exploration of elements, molecules, and change in the universe

May 23, 2018
Gray, Theodore W., author.
New York, NY : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Hachette Book Group, 2017.
vii, 216 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Includes index.
Chemistry is magic. Is that really magic? ; Ancient magic was mostly chemistry ; The reactions I remember from when I was but a wee lad -- Atoms, elements, molecules, reactions. What is a molecule? ; What force holds molecules together? ; What is a chemical reaction? ; Energy ; Follow the energy ; The arrow of time ; Entropy -- Fantastic reactions and where to find them. In the classroom ; In the kitchen ; In the lab ; In a factory ; On the street ; In you -- On the origin of light and color. Absorbing light ; Emitting light ; The ancient Chinese art of chemical arranging -- The boring chapter. Watching paint dry ; Watching grass grow ; Watching water boil -- The need for speed. Weathering ; Fire ; Fast fire ; Really fast fire ; The fastest reaction of all.
The book begins with a brief recap of elements and molecules and then goes on to explain important concepts the characterize a chemical reaction, including Energy, Entropy, and Time. It is then organized by type of reaction including Combustion, Photosynthesis, Respiration, Oxidation, and Fermentation. A special section dedicated to chemical cycles includes The Carbon Cycle, The Iron Cycle, and The Lime Cycle.

The order of time

May 16, 2018
Rovelli, Carlo, 1956- author.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2018.
240 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Originally published in Italian: L'ordine del tempo (Milan : Adelphi Edizioni, 2017).
Preface : perhaps time is the greatest remaining mystery -- The crumbling of time -- Loss of unity -- Loss of direction -- The end of the present -- Loss of independence -- Quanta of time -- The world without time -- The world is made of events, not things -- The inadequacy of grammar -- Dynamics as relation -- The sources of time -- Time is ignorance -- Perspective -- What emerges from a particularity -- The scent of the madeleine -- The source of time.
Why do we remember the past and not the future? What does it mean for time to "flow"? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider questions about the nature of time that continue to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike.-- Provided by publisher.

Moebius noodles : adventurous math for the playground crowd

May 2, 2018
McManaman, Yelena, author.
Cary, NC : Delta Stream Media, [2013]
90 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Why play this book? -- Questions & answers -- Symmetry -- Number -- Function -- Grid.
"How do you want your child to feel about math? Confident, curious and deeply connected? Then Moebius Noodles is for you. It offers advanced math activities to fit your child's personality, interests, and needs. The book shows you how to go beyond your own math limits and anxieties to do so. It opens the door to a supportive online community that will answer your questions and give you ideas along the way. Learn how you can create an immersive rich math environment for your baby. Find out ways to help your toddler discover deep math in everyday experiences. Play games that will develop your child's sense of happy familiarity with mathematics."--Provided by publisher.

Particle physics brick by brick : atomic and subatomic physics explained... in LEGO

April 25, 2018
Still, Ben, author.
176 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Building blocks and construction rules -- Building a universe -- Electromagnetism and QED -- The strong force and QCD -- The weak force and breaking symmetries -- Broken symmetry and mass -- Problems with ghosts -- Violated symmetry -- Future.
"A unique and fascinating exploration of the building blocks that make up our Universe, Particle physics brick by brick illustrates and illuminates the twelve core building block particles and the forces that act upon them to create the world as we know it. Starting with the Big Bang and ending with the Higgs boson particle and the future beyond, this is a comprehensive and uniquely visual guide to quantum physics"--Back cover.

Maker of patterns : an autobiography through letters

April 6, 2018
Dyson, Freeman J., author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2018]
xvi, 400 pages ; 25 cm
Great minds around the billiard table -- War and peace -- Truth and reconciliation -- Cornell student -- Go west, young man -- Demigods on stilts -- Nolo contendere -- Well, doc, you're in -- The physicist in love -- Cornell professor -- Mycenean tablets and spin waves -- Moscow and La Jolla -- The forsaken merman -- A spaceship and a wedding -- Homecoming -- Working for peace -- Marching for justice -- Sitting in judgment -- Two deaths and two departures -- Adventures of a psychiatric nurse -- Whale worshippers and moonchildren.
"Both recalling his life story and recounting many of the major advances in twentieth-century science, a renowned physicist shares his autobiography through letters. While recognizing that quantum mechanics "demands serious attention," Albert Einstein in 1926 admonished fellow physicist Max Born that the theory "does not bring us closer to the secrets of the Old One." Aware that "there are deep mysteries that Nature intends to keep for herself," Freeman Dyson, the 94-year-old theoretical physicist, has nonetheless chronicled the stories of those who were engaged in solving some of the most challenging quandaries of twentieth-century physics. Written between 1940 and the early 1980s, these letters to relatives form an historic account of modern science and its greatest players, including J. Robert Oppenheimer, Richard Feynman, Stephen Hawking, and Hans Bethe. Whether reflecting on the horrors of World War II, the moral dilemmas of nuclear development, the challenges of the space program, or the considerable demands of raising six children, Dyson offers a firsthand account of one of the greatest periods of scientific discovery of our modern age"-- Provided by publisher.

John Napier : life, logarithms, and legacy

April 4, 2018
Havil, Julian, 1952- author.
xv, 279 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Life and lineage -- Revelation and recognition -- A new tool for calculation -- Constructing the canon -- Analogue and digital computers -- Logistics : the art of computing well -- Legacy.
John Napier (1550-1617) is celebrated today as the man who invented logarithms--an enormous intellectual achievement that would soon lead to the development of their mechanical equivalent in the slide rule: the two would serve humanity as the principal means of calculation until the mid-1970s. Yet, despite Napier's pioneering efforts, his life and work have not attracted detailed modern scrutiny. John Napier is the first contemporary biography to take an in-depth look at the multiple facets of Napier's story: his privileged position as the seventh Laird of Merchiston and the son of influential Scottish landowners; his reputation as a magician who dabbled in alchemy; his interest in agriculture; his involvement with a notorious outlaw; his staunch anti-Catholic beliefs; his interactions with such peers as Henry Briggs, Johannes Kepler, and Tycho Brahe; and, most notably, his estimable mathematical legacy. Julian Havil explores Napier's original development of logarithms, the motivations for his approach, and the reasons behind certain adjustments to them. Napier's inventive mathematical ideas also include formulas for solving spherical triangles, "Napier's Bones" (a more basic but extremely popular alternative device for calculation), and the use of decimal notation for fractions and binary arithmetic. Havil also considers Napier's study of the Book of Revelation, which led to his prediction of the Apocalypse in his first book, A Plaine Discovery of the Whole Revelation of St. John--the work for which Napier believed he would be most remembered. John Napier assesses one man's life and the lasting influence of his advancements on the mathematical sciences and beyond. -- Inside jacket flaps.

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