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New Arrivals - Sciences

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Tells the story of the men and women at the Palomar Observatory in the San Gabriel Mountains of California who peer through the Hale Telescope at the farthest edges of space, attempting to solve the riddle of the beginning of time. The telescope itself is the main character. It is huge, seven stories tall, the heaviest working telescope on earth, with a mirror that is two hundred inches wide and took fourteen years to cast and polish. The telescope is used by astronomers like James E. Gunn, a "gadgeteer" who scavenges for junk parts and fashions them into sensitive instruments. Preston renders the obsessions and adventures of Gunn and his colleagues in an illuminating portrait of scientists in action and a luminous story of what modern astronomy is all about.--From the book jacket.

Offers an introduction to the principles of calculus, covering such topics as limits, differentiation, and integration.

The travels that Childs recounts in this vivid narrative take him from places sometimes parched, sometimes swimming, from the depths of the Grand Canyon to the dry limestone tanks of the lava-strewn Sonoran Desert. As he travels, Childs gives a close reading of the desert landscape.

Drawing on the work of scientists who have made crucial breakthroughs in establishing the reality of recent human evolution, a journalist covering genetic advances for The New York Times examines the genetic basis of race and its role in human history.

This book shows us that math isn?t confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real life, but rather touches everything we do. Armed with the tools of mathematics, we can see through to the true meaning of information we take for granted: How early should you get to the airport? What does ?public opinion? really represent? Why do tall parents have shorter children? Who really won Florida in 2000? And how likely are you, really, to develop cancer?--from publisher's website.

Covering 300 of the most common birds in the United States and Canada, this guide has just the right amount of information about how to identify birds, where and when to look for them, what they sound like, and how they behave.

Organic chemistry has a long-standing reputation as a difficult course. This book takes a simple approach to the topic, allowing you to grasp concepts at your own pace, by explaining the basic principles of organic chemistry in simple terms, providing insight into the language of organic chemists, the major classes of compounds, and top trouble spots. You'll also get the nuts and bolts of tackling organic chemistry problems, from knowing where to start to spotting sneaky tricks that professors like to incorporate.

In Is That a Fact?, author Dr. Joe Schwarcz carefully navigates through the storm of misinformation to help us separate fact from folly and shrewdness from foolishness.

Tales of a child's fascination with nature are interspersed with the author's lifelong research into the habits, history, and importance of bumblebees and his quest to reintroduce the short-haired bumblebee into its native land.

"For the first time, a historian of science draws evidence from across the world to show how humans and other animals are astonishingly similar when it comes to their feelings and the ways in which they lose their minds"-- Provided by publisher.

In this fresh and provocative view of a seven-million-year evolutionary journey, Finlayson demonstrates the radical implications for the interpretation of fossils and technologies and shows that understanding humans within an ecological context provides insights into the emergence and spread of Homo sapiens worldwide. Finlayson argues that environmental change, particularly availability of water, played a critical role in shaping the direction of human evolution, contributing to ourspread and success. He argues that our ancestors carved a niche for themselves by leaving the forest and forcing.

"This fun and creative book features 52 map-related activities set into weekly exercises, beginning with legends and lines, moving through types and styles, and then creating personalized maps that allow you to journey to new worlds. The labs can be used as singular projects or to build up to a year of hands-on creative experiences. Artists of all ages and experience levels can use this book to explore enjoyable and engaging exercises."-- Provided by publisher.

"This is the go-to instructional guide for the modern rockhounder and prospector, ideal for enthusiasts at all skill levels"-- Provided by publisher.