2005 University Press Books


Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries


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500-599 Pure Science


Gessner, David

Sick of Nature

272 pp., 5 1/2" x 8", $24.95 cloth, CIP included

June 2004

University Press of New England

Gessner's Return of the Osprey is "among the classics of American nature writing," said the Boston Globe. So why does this critically acclaimed nature writer declare himself to be "sick of nature"? In these diverting essays, Gessner wrestles with father figures, reflects on the pleasures and absurdities of writing, explores the significance of place for his work and his sense of well-being, and rails at the confines of the nature genre even as he finds fresh inspiration in the natural world. Finally, he learns to embrace-or at least tolerate-the label he once rejected.

LC 2004003028, ISBN 1-58465-358-2




Dalrymple, G. Brent

Ancient Earth, Ancient Skies

248 pp., 6" x 9", 16 tables, 26 figures, 14 illus., $45.00 cloth, $17.95 paper, CIP included

July 2004

Stanford University Press

How old is Earth? How old are the planets, the Moon, meteorites, stars, and the Universe itself? How do scientists know these things? If you've ever asked yourself these questions, then this book is for you. Planet Earth and the other bodies of the Solar System are 4.5 billion years old, residing in a galaxy (the Milky Way) that is 12-14 billion years old. Geologist G. Brent Dalrymple reviews the evidence that has led scientists to these conclusions and describes the methods by which this evidence has been gathered. The book is written in an accessible style, free of mathematics and complex graphs.

LC 2003024023, ISBN 0-804-74932-9 (c.), ISBN 0-804-74933-7 (p.)



van den Berg, J. H.

The Two Principal Laws of Thermodynamics: A Cultural and Historical Exploration

130 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", index, illus., $30.00 cloth, $15.50 paper, CIP included

September 2004

Duquesne University Press

This work describes the historical and cultural context surrounding the discovery of the first two laws of thermodynamics. In particular, van den Berg argues that the discovery is intimately connected with the history of modernity.

LC 2004001628, ISBN 0-8207-0354-0 (c.), ISBN 0-8207-0355-9 (p.)



Mathez, Edmond A. and James D. Webster

The Earth Machine: The Science of a Dynamic Planet

378 pp., 7 1/2" x 10 1/4", 97 color photos, 101 illus., $39.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2004

Columbia University Press

Based around the exhibits presented at the American Museum of Natural History's Hall of Planet Earth, this book describes the science of how the earth works, from its core out to the far reaches of the atmosphere. "Earth Machine: The Science of a Dynamic Planet is an excellent book for undergraduate students in science but also for a broader public interested in science. Well-documented, well-written, with accurate, modern and beautiful illustration. It seems to me an excellent book which I highly recommend."--Eugene Higgins, Professor of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University, author of The Blue Planet

LC 2003055213, ISBN 0-231-12578-X




Coward, Harold and Andrew J. Weaver

Hard Choices: Climate Change in Canada

284 pp., 6" x 9", $29.95 paper, CIP included

June 2004

Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Essays by leading Canadian scientists, engineers, social scientists, and humanists offer an overview of climate change from physical, social, technological, economic, political, and ethical/ religious perspectives. "Cuts through the disinformation promulgates about climate change by certain vested interests... to produce a clear explanation of the nature of the problem and our options to respond to it. If you are seeking a book that will help you to understand...the climate change debate, then selecting this volume will not be a hard choice, but a good choice."--Gord Miller, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

ISBN 0-88920-442-X



Macdougall, Doug

Frozen Earth: The Once and Future Story of Ice Ages

256 pp., 6" x 9", 14 line illus., 12 halftones, bibliog., references, index, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2004

University of California Press

"This book is serious science made accessible to armchair geologists....Macdougall explores the causes of ice ages, beginning with the earliest known glaciation nearly three billion years ago, and the effects they have had on Earth's geography, climate, and even human evolution and culture. The author brings to life the scientists of the past 200 years who have made the study of ice ages their life's work....The book is packed with detailed information, and Macdougall's engaging style makes it a pleasurable and thought-provoking read. Highly recommended for public libraries of all sizes."--Library Journal (starred review).

LC 2004008502, ISBN 0-520-23922-9




Lamb, Simon

Devil in the Mountain: A Search for the Origin of the Andes

336 pp., 6" x 9", 36 halftones, 38 line illus., $29.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2004

Princeton University Press

"Lamb gives his readers a wonderful feel for how geology works-how geologists gather clues, test hypotheses and ultimately come to understand the workings of the world."--Carl Zimmer, New York Times Book Review. "Delightful romp with heroic geology, in which the author conveys the inner workings of a modern science without neglecting the adventures in climbing, driving, slogging, and drilling."--New York Times Book Review (editor's picks). "Engrossing and well-written....Lamb has done a masterful job in piecing together the Andean puzzle in a way that seems to make perfect sense."--David E. James, Nature

LC 2003064124, ISBN 0-691-11596-6



Kielan-Jaworowska, Zofia, Richard I. Cifelli, and Zhe-Xi Luo

Mammals from the Age of Dinosaurs: Origins, Evolution, and Structure

700 pp., 8 1/2" x 11", 239 illus., $195.00 cloth, CIP included

December 2004

Columbia University Press

Early mammals were significant and fast-evolving elements of the terrestrial biota for much of the Mesozoic, and they have played an increasingly important role in studies of paleoecology, faunal turnover, and historical biogeography. This book thoroughly covers all aspects of the anatomy, paleobiology, and systematics of early mammalian groups, in addition to the extant lineages with long history extending back into Mesozoic.

LC 2004052987, ISBN 0-231-11918-6




Foster, Russell G. and Leon Kreitzman

Rhythms of Life: The Biological Clocks that Control the Daily Lives of Every Living Thing

288 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/4", index, $30.00 cloth

September 2004

Yale University Press

Why can't teenagers get out of bed in the morning? How do bees tell the time? Why do some plants open and close their flowers at the same time each day? Why do so many people suffer the misery of jet lag? In this fascinating book, Russell Foster and Leon Kreitzman explain the significance of the biological clock, showing how it has played an essential role in evolution and why it continues to play a vitally important role in all living organisms.

LC 2004105609, ISBN 0-300-10574-6




Chambers, Jeanne C. and Jerry R. Miller

Great Basin Riparian Ecosystems: Ecology, Management, and Restoration

320 pp., 6" x 9", tables, figures, photos, appendix, index, $70.00 cloth, $35.00 paper, CIP included

February 2004

Island Press

"Viewed from the air, the Great Basin is a stark landscape of dry, sparsely vegetated valleys and mountain ranges colored mainly by hints of green riparian zones. The major, in-depth research effort summarized in this book reveals the ecological richness and historical climatic and land-use legacies focused in these riparian zones. Great Basin Riparian Ecosystems is a fine example of science linking geology, hydrology, ecology, and climate history, and it forms an essential foundation for restoration and management of riparian ecosystems, both within the Great Basin and much more broadly."--Fred Swanson, research geologist, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Corvallis, Oregon

LC 2003024787, ISBN 1-55963-986-5 (c.), ISBN 1-55963-987-3 (p.)



Riley, Laura and William Riley

Nature's Strongholds: The World's Great Wildlife Reserves

640 pp., 7" x 10", 150 color illus., 75 maps, $49.50 cloth

December 2004

Princeton University Press

For the first time, the world's greatest wildlife reserves are captured on the printed page in this gloriously illustrated book. The Rileys, who received Pulitzer Prize nominations for their book on American wildlife refuges, spent ten years, visiting reserves on every continent. "A splendid book. Nature's Strongholds is one of the best travel books ever written, filled with exciting information and certain to boost global ecotourism and conservation."--Edward O. Wilson, biologist, educator, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. "I know of no other book like this."--Kathryn Fuller, President, World Wildlife Fund-U.S.

LC 2004097392, ISBN 0-691-12219-9




McKay, George, Fred Cooke, Stephen Hutchinson, Richard Vogt, and Hugh Dingle (Consulting Editors)

The Encyclopedia of Animals: A Complete Visual Guide

608 pp., 9 1/4" x 10 1/2", 475 color photos, 1700 color illus., 950 color maps, 125 tables, index, $39.95 cloth

October 2004

University of California Press

A lavishly illustrated, authoritative, and comprehensive exploration of the rich and intriguing animal world that is spectacularly adorned with more than 2,000 color illustrations, and some of the world's finest wildlife photographs. This book will become the standard by which all others are measured. "A grand introduction to the splendour and diversity of nature. The result will delight any interested 11-year-old, but will also inform any parent (or uncle) who sneaks a peek."--New Scientist. "A team of international wildlife experts has collaborated to create this comprehensive, fact-filled encyclopedia. Lavishly illustrated with nearly 500 color photos and a total of 2000 illustrations."--Library Journal

LC 2004303646, ISBN 0-520-24406-0




Trauth, Stanley E., Henry W. Robison, and Michael V. Plummer Illustrated by Renn Tumlison

The Amphibians and Reptiles of Arkansas

440 pp., 8 1/2" x 11", 545 color photos, 325 b&w illus., $45.00 cloth, CIP included

June 2004

The University of Arkansas Press

The product of fifteen years of work by top herpetologists, this book is a comprehensive examination of the amphibians and reptiles of Arkansas, featuring over 136 species and subspecies. With over five hundred four-color photos, line drawings, and over one hundred location maps, this user-friendly book will become the definitive text on the subject.

LC 2003026187, ISBN 1-55728-737-6




Leahy, Christopher W. Illustrations by Gordon Morrison

The Birdwatcher's Companion to North American Birdlife

960 pp., 6" x 9", 35 illus., $39.50 cloth, CIP included

June 2004

Princeton University Press (Copublished with the American Birding Association)

"Like any good reference work, The Birdwatcher's Companion is thorough and authoritative....But unlike most references, it is actually a delight to read; throughout, the writing is lively and engaging. Keep a copy on your desk by day, and curl up to another at bedtime."--Ted Floyd, Editor, Birding. "Leahy describes everything ornithological, from the simple to the complex, with both accuracy and wit....The book is a joy!"--Rick Bonney, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. "This affectionate yet scholarly work offers everything from terse definitions and simple descriptions to thoughtful and authoritative essays."--American Scientist

LC 2003066383, ISBN 0-691-09297-4




Petersen, Wayne R. and W. Roger Meservey (Editors) Illustrated by John Sill and Barry W. Van Dusen

Massachusetts Breeding Bird Atlas

400 pp., 8 1/2" x 11", 198 color illus., 198 maps, $60.00 cloth, CIP included

February 2004

The University of Massachusetts Press

"An indispensable baseline record essential for creating a viable conservation strategy for Massachusetts' breeding birds. Also without a doubt the most brilliantly illustrated breeding bird atlas ever produced."--Gerard A. Bertrand. "The impressive results obtained by the nearly 600 volunteers who spent countless hours in the field collecting data reveal the remarkable diversity of bird life in Massachusetts."--Cape Cod Times

LC 2003014390, ISBN 1-55849-420-0




Turner, Alan and Mauricio Anton

Evolving Eden: An Illustrated Guide to the Evolution of the African Large-Mammal Fauna

304 pp., 7 1/4" x 10 1/4", 54 color illus., $39.50 cloth, CIP included

October 2004

Columbia University Press

This richly illustrated book examines the evolution of the mammalian fauna of Africa within the context of thirty million years of primate presence and profound changes in the continent's physical geography, climate, and biota.

LC 2003068832, ISBN 0-231-11944-5




Wallace, David Rains

Beasts of Eden: Walking Whales, Dawn Horses, and Other Enigmas of Mammal Evolution

xxviii + 340 pp., 6" x 9", 18 photos, 2 line illus., bibliog., references, index, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2004

University of California Press

"A thoroughly researched, richly detailed and lively book."-New York Times Book Review. "If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this excellent work proves that a mural is worth 300 pages. Wallace uses the often overlooked [The] Age of Mammals mural at Yale's Peabody Museum as the theme around which he builds the story of the evolution of scientific thought on mammalian evolution.... Paleontology buffs will not be the only ones entranced. [A] charming story, skillfully told."--Publishers Weekly

LC 2003022857, ISBN 0-520-23731-5



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