2004 University Press Books


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500-599 Pure Science


Brown, Theodore L.

Making Truth: Metaphor in Science

256 pp., 6" x 9", 38 line drawings, bibliog., index, $32.50 cloth, CIP included

March 2003

University of Illinois Press

The central thesis of Making Truth is that metaphorical reasoning is at the core of creative science. Brown demonstrates this through models in chemistry and biology, including current "hot" topics such as protein folding, chaperone proteins, and global warming. "This is an important book. Scientists will find it thought-provoking, and science teachers will find it a gold mine. Indeed, this book could be transforming for science education at the elementary, high school, and introductory college level."--Linda S. Wilson, president emerita of Radcliffe College and co-author of Who Succeeds in Science? The Gender Dimension

LC 2002011212, ISBN 0-252-02810-4




Wells, Spencer

The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey

256 pp., 6" x 9", 44 color photos, 54 halftones, 3 maps, $29.95 cloth

February 2003

Princeton University Press

"Spencer Wells chronicles the history of genetic population studies, starting with Darwin's puzzlement over the diversity of humanity he saw first-hand from the deck of the Beagle, and ending with the various attempts to classify human variation on the basis of different political and social agendas...Wells has an insider's knowledge of the science and its excitement."--Rebecca Cann, Nature. "Fortunately for the lay reader, Wells has a knack for clear descriptions and clever analogies to help explain the intricacies of the science involved."--Library Journal

LC 2002113609, ISBN 0-691-11532-X




Johnsgard, Paul A.

Lewis and Clark on the Great Plains: A Natural History

156 pp., 6" x 9", 39 illus., index, $14.95 cloth, CIP included

November 2003

University of Nebraska Press

Lewis and Clark on the Great Plains is an easy-to-use reference on the wildlife that Meriwether Lewis and William Clark encountered during their 1804-6 Corps of Discovery expedition. Over one hundred animals and plants that were first carefully described and in some cases discovered by Lewis and Clark are identified here. Johnsgard also examines the lasting importance of the expedition's discoveries, the significance of the Plains plants and animals to local Native Americans, and the current status of Plains wildlife.

LC 2003042691, ISBN 0-8032-7618-4




Dietrich, William

Natural Grace: The Charm, Wonder, and Lessons of Pacific Northwest Plants and Animals

246 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 19 illus., index, $16.95 paper, CIP included

February 2003

University of Washington Press

From the interactive clockwork world of geology, tides, Northwest weather, and snow, to the hidden roles of dirt, stream life, and mosses and lichens, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer William Dietrich explores the natural splendor of the Pacific Northwest with simplicity and humor. Neither a field guide nor an environmental policy book, Natural Grace is intended as a primer for people who are curious about the world they live in. "Dietrich's colorful writing makes each seemingly mundane subject come alive, leaving the reader with a new-found appreciation for the most basic elements of life."--E/The Environment Magazine

LC 2002035977, ISBN 0-295-98293-4



Palmer, Douglas

Prehistoric Past Revealed: The Four Billion Year History of Life on Earth

176 pp., 8 1/2" x 11", 150 color illus., 30 b&w photos, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

November 2003

University of California Press

Over the past two centuries, the testimony of rocks has slowly revealed the Earth's deep prehistory and now scarcely a week passes without an important new discovery adding to our understanding of life's beginning and evolution. Prehistoric Past Revealed tells the story of these discoveries. Palmer offers an overview history of life on Earth, including the most up-to-date research and discoveries from around the world, as he covers a wide range of fascinating topics including the fossil record, dinosaurs, extinction events, and our earliest human ancestors.

ISBN 0-520-24105-3




Barton, Miles, Nigel Bean, Stephen Dunleavy, Ian Gray, and Adam White

Prehistoric North America: A Journey through the Ice Age and Beyond

192 pp., 8 1/2" x 10", 165 color illus., $29.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2003

Yale University Press

This spectacularly illustrated book takes us on a captivating journey to North America as it was 13,000 years ago. From the icy Arctic to the steaming swamps of Florida, each region and its extraordinary inhabitants come startlingly to life. The landscape teems with giant ground sloths, mastodons, camels, scimitar-toothed cats, and an array of other beasts, just as it did when human beings first arrived on the continent.

LC 2002109289, ISBN 0-300-09819-7




Zielinski, Gregory A. and Barry D. Keim

New England Weather, New England Climate

300 pp., 6" x 9", 1 illus., 18 tables, 120 figures, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2003

University Press of New England

Combining a scholarly appreciation of weather systems and events with an ability to transmit their passion to a general audience, Gregory A. Zielinski and Barry D. Keim have written a one-of-a-kind guide to New England weather and climate. The authors offer an in-depth explanation of the latest theoretical insights into New England's weather along with a flurry of stories and lore about the climate's vagaries. The book, including photos and illustrations, is divided into the seasons as New Englanders actually experience them-ski season, mud season, beach and lake season, and foliage season.

LC 2002152726, ISBN 1-58465-312-4




Ellis, Richard

Sea Dragons: Predators of the Prehistoric Oceans

xii + 314 pp., 7" x 9", 51 line drawings, index, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2003

University Press of Kansas

"When dinosaurs walked the earth, giant sea reptiles ruled the ancient seas. Noted marine sciences author and artist Ellis examines the natural history of these extinct creatures...A very interesting and thorough review of the subject."--Library Journal (October 1, 2003). "A must-read for any dinosaur aficionado."--Christian Science Monitor. "A riveting account of the giants of the 100-million-year-old seas. Ellis brilliantly showcases creatures more astonishing than any Loch Ness Monster we can dream up."--Michael Novacek, Curator of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History

LC 2003006871, ISBN 0-7006-1269-6




Riley, John J. and David P. Banks

Orchids of Australia

320 pp., 9 7/16" x 12 3/4", 150 color plates, $69.50 cloth

February 2003

Princeton University Press

More than 80% of Australia's lavishly abundant species of native orchids are found nowhere else in the world. This sumptuously illustrated, up-to-date, and authoritative book covers 150 of the most well known and widespread species as well as many that are extremely rare or were only recently described. "Vast in scope and amazing in detail, this comprehensive guide highlights a different type of orchid on each pair of beautifully designed pages...Well written and wonderfully illustrated, Orchids of Australia is one of the most interesting and beautiful guides available."--The Botanical Artist

LC 2002111071, ISBN 0-691-11490-0




Smith, Nathan P., Scott A. Mori, Andrew Henderson, Dennis Wm. Stevenson, and Scott V. Heald (Editors)

Flowering Plants of the Neotropics

616 pp., 8 1/2" x 11", 307 color illus., 258 line illus., 6 tables, $75.00 cloth, CIP included

December 2003

Princeton University Press

Unique for its fabulous color illustrations and detailed descriptions, Flowering Plants of the Neotropics represents the work of 150 botanists and covers more than 280 families of plants known to occur in the Western Hemisphere between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. "For the first time...readers have access to information on the flowering plant families of the neotropics, one of the most biologically diverse regions on Earth...This book makes the overwhelming complexity of the neotropical flora more comprehensible."--Michael O. Dillon, Curator of Flowering Plants, The Field Museum, Chicago

LC 2003045968, ISBN 0-691-11694-6




DiGregorio, Mario J. and Jeff Wallner

Cape Cod Wildflowers: A Vanishing Heritage

184 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 1 figure, 79 illus., $19.95 paper, CIP included

May 2003

University Press of New England

Cape Cod Wildflowers, the only comprehensive, Cape-specific wildflower book, is back in print with a new preface by the authors. Since the book's original publication in 1989, development has increasingly encroached on the rich indigenous flora of the Cape, eliminating entire species there, and lending this guidebook ever greater relevance and poignancy. It features stunning color illustrations of each wildflower, grouped by habitat and complemented by appealing and informative narrative entries. As they wrote in their introduction to the first edition, Cape Cod Wildflowers "is an appreciation, a guide, and a plea for protection."

LC 2003278008, ISBN 1-58465-319-1




Bartlett, R. D. and Patricia Bartlett

Reptiles and Amphibians of the Amazon: An Ecotourist's Guide

448 pp., 6" x 9", 381 color photos, glossary, additional reading, index, $29.95 paper, CIP included

September 2003

University Press of Florida

This handbook offers a colorful, easy-to-use guide to more than 250 of the snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs, and salamanders common to the Amazonian regions of Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, and Colombia. Until publication of this illustrated field guide, no book has been available to help identify these delightful, stunning, and sometimes venomous creatures.

LC 2003054075, ISBN 0-8130-2642-3

AASL: not reviewed



Pianka, Eric R. and Laurie J. Vitt

Lizards: Windows to the Evolution of Diversity

348 pp., 8 1/2" x 11", 220 color illus., 31 b&w illus., 9 tables, $45.00 cloth, CIP included

September 2003

University of California Press

"Two of the world's leading experts on lizards have teamed up to create this authoritative and scientifically up-to-date, yet readable reference...the authors write clearly, and their enthusiasm and personal 'asides' help enliven the text, as do the more than 200 marvelous full-color photographs...The pictures alone will make this essential for lizard lovers of all ages and backgrounds."--Library Journal. "All readers will find Lizards an excellent introduction to the ecology of an interesting and scientifically rewarding group of animals."--Science

LC 2001004910, ISBN 0-520-23401-4




Wheeler, Brian K.

Raptors of Eastern North America: The Wheeler Guides

456 pp., 6" x 9", 559 color illus., 37 maps, $45.00 cloth, CIP included

September 2003

Princeton University Press

Together with its companion volume, Raptors of Western North America, this is one of the best and most thorough guides to North American hawks, eagles, and other raptors ever published. Abundantly illustrated with hundreds of full-color, high-quality photographs, they are essential books for anyone seeking to identify these notoriously tricky-to-identify birds. "...The quality of photography, scope and depth on plumages, races, and variations, are unequaled. The range maps are stellar--the best ever done for any guide. It is the ultimate raptor reference and will be for decades to come."--Clay Sutton, author of How to Spot Hawks and Eagles

LC 2002042715, ISBN 0-691-11598-2




Wheeler, Brian K.

Raptors of Western North America: The Wheeler Guides

560 pp., 6" x 9", 622 color illus., 56 maps, $49.50 cloth, CIP included

September 2003

Princeton University Press

Together with its companion volume, Raptors of Eastern North America, this is one of the best and most thorough guides to North American hawks, eagles, and other raptors ever published. "This astoundingly detailed guide makes it possible to recognize age classes, molting patterns, subspecies and sexes of most birds of prey. Visual aids make these soaring creatures identifiable even to the birder-challenged."--David Lukas, Los Angeles Times

LC 2002042716, ISBN 0-691-11599-0




Gibbons, Diane K.

Mammal Tracks and Sign of the Northeast

152 pp., 6" x 9", 291 illus., $16.95 paper, CIP included

May 2003

University Press of New England

Mammal Tracks and Sign of the Northeast is a field guide for identifying the tracks of mammal species native to the region that extends from New England, New York, and Pennsylvania to eastern Canada. Simple to use and light and easy to carry in the field, the book contains the most important information that a tracker will need. A unique dichotomous key devised by the author allows trackers to identify even the most confusing track through a process of elimination. The charming highly detailed, and to-scale pencil illustrations are indispensable aids to accurate identification.

LC 2002151142, ISBN 1-58465-242-X




Glaser, Karen and John E. Reynolds

Mysterious Manatees

208 pp., 10" x 8", 52 duotones, 4 tables, notes, suggested reading, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

June 2003

University Press of Florida

Mysterious Manatees is a partnership between photographer Karen Glaser and writer and scholar John Reynolds, two of the nation's leading interpreters of the life and underwater habitat of the manatee. Reynolds describes in great detail the interaction between people and manatees, manatee biology, and the features that make the animal especially vulnerable to human activities. Reynolds' complete and authoritative account of manatee biology, management, and conservation concludes with a gallery of plates featuring Glaser's remarkable panoramic underwater photographs.

LC 2003040242, ISBN 0-8130-2637-7

AASL: not reviewed


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