New Arrivals · Mathematics & Physics

May 14, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Cosmological Koans : a journey to the heart of physical reality

May 13, 2019
Aguirre, Anthony (Anthony Nicholas), author.
xvi, 373 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"A leading physicist unravels the mysteries of the universe through pleasingly paradoxical Zen- style vignettes. Cosmological Koans takes a fresh approach to explaining the most mind- bending concepts in physics and cosmology by invoking the ancient Zen tradition of the Koan. Anthony Aguirre presents more than fifty beguiling Koans (Could there be a civilization in a mote of dust? How much of your fate have you made? Who cleans the universe?) that explore the strange hinterland between the deep structure of the physical world and our personal experience of it. With a flair for explaining complex science, Aguirre covers cosmic questions from the nature of time to the origin of multiple universes, and shows how scientific giants from Aristotle to Galileo to Heisenberg have grappled with them. A playful and enlightening book, Cosmological Koans gives readers what Einstein himself called "the most beautiful and deepest experience" anyone can have: a sense of the mysterious"-- Provided by publisher.

Gravity's century : from Einstein's eclipse to images of black holes

May 3, 2019
Cowen, Ron, 1957- author.
viii, 181 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Introduction -- 1. Genesis -- Deeper dive: Space and time, a perfect union -- Deeper dive: Testing the equivalence principle before Einstein -- 2. From turmoil to triumph -- Deeper dive: Riemann's work and the metric tensor -- Deeper dive: The meaning of Einstein's equation -- 3. Eddington on a mission -- Deeper dive: A history of light bending -- Deeper dive: A modern-day solar eclipse -- 4. Expanding the universe -- 5. Black holes and testing general relativity -- Deeper dive: New tests of Einstein's theory -- 6. Quantum gravity -- Deeper dive: Black holes and the information paradox -- 7. Hearing black holes -- Deeper dive: LIGO and beyond -- Deeper dive: Gravitational waves lost and found -- 8. Imaging black holes -- Deeper dive: A history of illustrating black holes.
An account of the century of experimentation that confirmed Einstein's theory of relativity, bringing to life the science and scientists at the origins of relativity, the development of radio telescopes, the discovery of black holes and quasars, and the still unresolved place of gravity in quantum theory. Albert Einstein did nothing of note on May 29, 1919, yet that is when he became immortal. On that day, astronomer Arthur Eddington and his team observed a solar eclipse and found something extraordinary: gravity bends light, just as Einstein predicted. The findings confirmed the theory of general relativity, fundamentally changing our understanding of space and time. A century later, another group of astronomers is performing a similar experiment on a much larger scale. The Event Horizon Telescope, a globe-spanning array of radio dishes, is examining space surrounding Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. As Ron Cowen recounts, one foremost goal of the experiment is to determine whether Einstein was right on the details. Gravity lies at the heart of what we don't know about quantum mechanics, but tantalizing possibilities for deeper insight are offered by black holes. By observing starlight wrapping around Sagittarius A*, the telescope will not only provide the first direct view of an event horizon--a black hole's point of no return--but will also enable scientists to test Einstein's theory under the most extreme conditions. Gravity's Century shows how we got from the pivotal observations of the 1919 eclipse to the Event Horizon Telescope, and what is at stake today. Breaking down the physics in clear and approachable language, Cowen makes vivid how the quest to understand gravity is really the quest to comprehend the universe.-- Provided by publisher.

No shadow of a doubt : the 1919 eclipse that confirmed Einstein's theory of relativity

April 23, 2019
Kennefick, Daniel, author.
403 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Prologue: May 29, 1919 -- The experiment that weighed light -- Eclipses -- Two pacifists, Einstein and Eddington -- Europe in its madness -- Preparations in time of war -- The opportunity of the century? -- Tools of the trade -- The improvised expedition -- Outward bound -- Through cloud, hopefully -- Not only because of theory -- Lights all askew in the heavens -- Theories and experiments -- The unbearable heaviness of light -- The problem of scientific bias -- Epilogue: where are they now?
In 1919, British scientists led extraordinary expeditions to Brazil and Africa to test Albert Einstein's revolutionary new theory of general relativity in what became the century's most celebrated scientific experiment. The result ushered in a new era and made Einstein a global celebrity by confirming his dramatic prediction that the path of light rays would be bent by gravity. Today, Einstein's theory is scientific fact. Yet the effort to "weigh light" by measuring the gravitational deflection of starlight during the May 29, 1919, solar eclipse has become clouded by myth and skepticism. Could Arthur Eddington and Frank Dyson have gotten the results they claimed? Did the pacifist Eddington falsify evidence to foster peace after a horrific war by validating the theory of a German antiwar campaigner?

Einstein's unfinished revolution : the search for what lies beyond the quantum

April 8, 2019
Smolin, Lee, 1955- author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2019.
322 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Quantum physics is the golden child of modern science. It is the basis of our understanding of atoms, radiation, and so much else, from elementary particles and basic forces to the behavior of materials.

Infinite powers : how calculus reveals the secrets of the universe

April 3, 2019
Strogatz, Steven H. (Steven Henry), author.
xxiii, 360 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
An Eamon Dolan book--Title page.
Infinity -- The man who harnessed infinity -- Discovering the laws of motion -- The dawn of differential calculus -- The crossroads -- The vocabulary of change -- The secret fountain -- Fictions of the mind -- The logical universe -- Making waves -- The future of calculus.
This is the captivating story of mathematics' greatest ever idea: calculus. Without it, there would be no computers, no microwave ovens, no GPS, and no space travel. But before it gave modern man almost infinite powers, calculus was behind centuries of controversy, competition, and even death. Taking us on a thrilling journey through three millennia, professor Steven Strogatz charts the development of this seminal achievement from the days of Aristotle to today's million-dollar reward that awaits whoever cracks Reimann's hypothesis. Filled with idiosyncratic characters from Pythagoras to Euler, Infinite Powers is a compelling human drama that reveals the legacy of calculus on nearly every aspect of modern civilization, including science, politics, ethics, philosophy, and much besides.

Breakfast with Einstein : the exotic physics of everyday objects

March 12, 2019
Orzel, Chad, author.
Dallas, TX : BenBella Books, Inc., [2018]
xv, 255 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Sunrise: the fundamental interactions -- The heating element: Planck's desperate trick -- Digital photos: the patent clerk's heuristic -- The alarm clock: the football player's atom -- The internet: a solution in search of a problem -- The sense of smell: chemistry by exclusion -- Solid objects: the energy of uncertainty -- Computer chips: the internet is for Schrödinger's cats -- Magnets: how the h*ck do they work? -- Smoke detector: Mr. Gamow's escape -- Encryption: a final brilliant mistake -- Conclusion.
Orzel, author of How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog, explores how quantum connects with everyday reality, and offers engaging, layperson-level explanations of the mind-bending ideas central to modern physics.-- Provided by publisher.

Liquid rules : the delightful and dangerous substances that flow through our lives

February 20, 2019
Miodownik, Mark, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.
xv, 232 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Originally published under the title Liquid in Great Britain by Penguin Books, 2018.
Introduction -- Explosive -- Intoxicating -- Deep -- Sticky -- Fantastic -- Visceral -- Refreshing -- Cleansing -- Cooling -- Indelible -- Cloudy -- Solid -- Sustainable.
Thoughts on many things in liquid form.

The golden ratio : the divine beauty of mathematics

February 8, 2019
Meisner, Gary B., author.
New York, NY : Race Point Publishing, 2018.
224 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Golden geometry -- Phi and Fibonacci -- The divine proportion -- Golden architecture & design -- Golden life -- A golden universe?
"From the pyramids of Giza to the proportion of the human face, the golden ratio has an infinite capacity to generate beautiful shapes with exquisite Gary Meisner examines the presence of this divine proportion in art and architecture, as well as its ubiquity among plants, animals, and even the cosmos." --provided by publisher.

Algebra II

January 16, 2019
Sterling, Mary Jane, author.
Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2019.
xiii, 384 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Easy pre-calculus step-by-step : master high-frequency concepts and skills for precalc proficiency--fast!

January 15, 2019
Wheater, Carolyn C., 1951- author.
x, 390 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Graphs and the graphing calculator -- Functions -- Quadratic functions -- Polynomial functions -- Rational functions -- Conic sections -- Exponential and logarithmic functions -- Radical functions -- Systems of equations -- Matrices and determinants -- Triangle trigonometry -- Trigonometric functions -- Polar and parametric equations -- Transformations -- Rotating conics -- Complex numbers -- Limits -- Sequences and series.
The quickest route to learning a subject is through a solid grounding in the basics. So what you won't find in Easy Pre-Calculus Step-by-Step is a lot of endless drills. Instead, you get a clear explanation that breaks down complex concepts into easy-to-understand steps, followed by highly focused exercises that are linked to core skills--enabling learners to grasp when and how to apply those techniques.

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.

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