New Arrivals - Sciences
"In Creation, science writer Adam Rutherford explains how we are now radically exceeding the boundaries of evolution and engineering entirely novel creatures-- from goats that produce spider silk in their milk to bacteria that excrete diesel to genetic circuits that identify and destroy cancer cells. As strange as some of these creations may sound, this new, synthetic biology is helping scientists develop radical solutions to some of the world?s most pressing crises-- from food shortages to pandemic disease to climate change?and is paving the way for inventions once relegated to science fiction"--P.  of cover.
Veteran journalist and contributing editor for 'Scientific American,' Katherine Harmon Courage dives into the mystifying underwater world of the octopus, sharing new scientific discoveries and demonstrating deep cultural ties that connect us all to this alien-like creature.
The fast and easy way to get up to speed on biophysics. This guide includes coverage on biomechanics, fluids, sound and waves, radioactivity, and much more. It is a one-stop resource that explains in plain English everything you need to know to ace your biophysics course.
Growing up in Russia, mathematician Edward Frenkel was denied entrance to university to study mathematics because he was Jewish. Yet with the help of his mentors he circumvented the system to become one of the twenty-first century's leading mathematicians. Frenkel now works on one of the biggest ideas to come out of mathematics in the last 50 years: the Langlands Program, considered by many to be a Grand Unified Theory of Mathematics. Love and Math tells the two intertwined stories of amazing mathematics and the adventure of one young man in learning it.
Explores color's countless manifestations, providing insight into such phenomena as the visible spectrum, light absorption and reflection, how humans see color, how vision evolved, the sky, rainbows, colored gems, animal pigmentation, how animals use color to find mates and to protect themselves, and the use of color in human religion, ritual, design, navigation, communication, and personal identity.
Offers advice on lasting behavioral changes to increase health and well-being and reduce the risk of chronic diseases through weight management, boosting the immune system, and reprogramming genes.
Du Chatelet translated Newton's Principia into French (it is still the accepted translation), and Somerville (100 years later) translated LaPlace's Celestial mechanics into English, where her translation served as an advanced textbook for many years
"A book for the curious, this engaging read takes a slightly different look at puzzle questions--every one is based exclusively on real world science. Using scientific principles, it teaches how the moon causes tides, how one can walk on a tightrope, why a golf ball has dimples, whether you can cool a whole room by leaving the refrigerator door open, and what makes glue stick"--Amazon.com
Traces the friendship and collaborative achievements of intellectuals Albert Camus and Jacques Monod, discussing their contributions to the French Resistance, Nobel Prize-winning work, and passionate advocacy of human rights
"Two of the best-known names in birding--Peterson and Bird Watcher's Digest--team up to provide reliable, expert advice on how to attract the birds you want into your yard. Which birds use nest boxes? What's required to maintain a birdhouse? What kind of habitat will attract which birds? What does it take to be a bluebird trail operator? What does it mean if baby birds or eggs disappear from their nest? Bill Thompson III answers all of these questions and more, helping readers to create yards and gardens where birds will make their homes and raise their young. It's easy enough to hang a birdfeeder. But there are plenty of other things that can attract birds to a landscape--and, in fact, birds need four essentials: food, water, shelter, and a place to nest. The more of these elements a yard has, the more attractive it is to birds"--From publisher description.
"You may already have a bird feeder in your yard, but you can attract a far wider range of species, and they will stay longer, if you create a bird-friendly landscape. Gardening for the Birds shows you how. The right native plants, arranged to mimic natural ecosystems, will provide birds with food, water, shelter, and nesting places. Instead of just visiting your garden to snack, they will call it home"--P.  of cover.
Sets out across continents to explore cities where populations of bears, monkeys, marmosets, toucans, and honeybees live alongside human residents. This title brings these stories together, making Barilla's yard the centerpiece of a meditation on the struggles between animals and people coexisting in an increasingly urban world.
Offers facts about a variety of birds, including physical characteristics, habitats, and eating habits; and shares identification tips, migration patterns, and birding vacation spots.
From the publisher. People commonly view evolution as a process of competition between individuals -- known as "survival of the fittest" -- with the individual representing the "unit of selection." Richard Dawkins offers a controversial reinterpretation of that idea in The Extended Phenotype, now being reissued to coincide with the publication of the second edition of his highly-acclaimed The Selfish Gene. He proposes that we look at evolution as a battle between genes instead of between whole organisms. We can then view Nanges in phenotypes -- the end products of genes, like eye color or leaf shape, which are usually considered to increase the fitness of an individual -- as serving the evolutionary interests of genes. Dawkins makes a convincing case that considering one's body, personality, and environment as a field of combat in a kind of "arms race" between genes fighting to express themselves on a strand of DNA can clarify and extend the idea of survival of the fittest. This influential and controversial book illuminates the complex world of genetics in an engaging, lively manner.
Describes the diversity of plant and animal species that came to live and thrive on the author's land where he planted a garden a quarter century ago after removing a stand of ancient white pines on his property in a fast-expanding suburb.