2007 University Press Books

 

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500-599 Pure Science


500-549 Math, Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry

550-599 Earth and Life Sciences, Plants, Animals        
   

500-549 Math, Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry


508.209

Jordan, Diann

Sisters in Science: Conversations with Black Women Scientists on Race, Gender, and Their Passion for Science

230 pp., 6" x 9", photos, index, $24.95 paper, CIP included

March 2006

Purdue University Press

This is the first book of interviews with prominent black women scientists across the United States. These black women scientists are pioneers in their chosen scientific profession and represent a broad spectrum of disciplines, ages, and geographical locations. Each interview allows the reader to delve into the soul of the scientist, to experience her challenges, and to witness her triumphs despite obstacles.

LC 2005038027, ISBN 978-1-55753-445-3

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508.22

Daubert, Stephen

Threads from the Web of Life: Stories in Natural History

176 pp., 7" x 10", 20 b&w illus., research notes, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

February 2006

Vanderbilt University Press

Creative, science-grounded stories about nature for the curious and imaginative of all ages "Each of these happenings is a thread in the intricate web of life, and Daubert, a molecular scientist at the University of California, Davis, demonstrates that these threads are easily broken by humans...instructive and entertaining...."--Publishers Weekly. "Threads from the Web of Life takes readers on a journey around the globe as the author describes unique and unusual ecological processes. It is ideal for casual reading as well as a source of selections to read aloud (!) or to link literature with the study of natural history."--NSTA Recommends (March 2006)

LC 2005023117, ISBN 978-08265-1509-4

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508.597

Sterling, Eleanor Jane, Martha Maud Hurley, Le Duc Minh Illustrations by Joyce A. Powzyk

Vietnam: A Natural History

448 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/4", 22 b&w and 54 color illus., index, $40.00 cloth, CIP included

June 2006

Yale University Press

"This volume fills a major gap by collecting and collating, in English, widely scattered information about Vietnam's natural history. Well organized into chapters that cover humans, biogeography, flora, and fauna; northern, central, and southern Vietnam; and conservation efforts; the text is written in a highly accessible style that will attract interested amateur naturalists and travelers as well as scientists. The authors not only describe the country's complex natural history but also provide the political context needed to understand the critical role its biodiversity plays in the world. This is essential for all natural history collections."--Library Journal

LC 2005029254, ISBN 978-0-300-10608-4

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510.22

Harkleroad, Leon

The Math Behind the Music

158 pp., 9" x 6", CD, $70.00 cloth, $24.99 paper

August 2006

Cambridge University Press

Mathematics has been used for centuries to describe, analyze, and create music. In this book, Leon Harkleroad explores the math related aspects of music from its acoustical bases to compositional techniques to music criticism, touching on overtones, scales, and tuning systems. He also relates some cautionary tales of misguided attempts to mix music and mathematics. Both the mathematical and the musical concepts are described in an elementary way, making the book accessible to general readers as well as to mathematicians and musicians of all levels. The book is accompanied by an audio CD of musical examples.

LC 2006014720, ISBN 978-0-5218-1095-1 (c.), ISBN 978-0-5210-0935-5 (p.)

AASL: G/P

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519.503

Everitt, B.S.

The Cambridge Dictionary of Statistics Third Edition

442 pp., 9 3/4" x 7", $90.00 cloth, $40.00 paper, CIP included

August 2006

Cambridge University Press

If you use statistics and need access to simple, reliable definitions and explanations of modern statistical concepts, then look no further than this dictionary. Over 3600 terms are defined, covering medical, survey, theoretical, and applied statistics, including computational aspects. Entries are provided for standard and specialized statistical software. In addition, short biographies of over 100 important statisticians are given. Definitions provide enough mathematical detail to clarify concepts and give standard formulae when these are helpful. The majority of definitions then give a reference to a book or article where the user can seek further or more specialized information, and many are accompanied by graphical material to aid understanding.

LC 2006283485, ISBN 978-0-5218-6039-0 (c.), ISBN 978-0-5216-9027-0 (p.)

AASL: G/P

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520

Kaler, James B.

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Stars

338 pp., 11" x 8 3/4", 40 line diagrams, 37 halftones, 174 color plates, $60.00 cloth

November 2006

Cambridge University Press

This unique encyclopedia provides a fascinating, comprehensive description of stars and their natures. It begins by telling the story of astronomy, from ancient constellations and star names to the modern coordinate system. Further chapters explain magnitudes, distances, star motions and the Galaxy at large. Double stars, clusters and variables are introduced and once the different kinds of stars are in place, later chapters examine stellar evolution. The book ends by showing how this information can be combined into a grand synthesis. Detailed cross-referencing enables the reader to explore topics in depth. An invaluable work for both beginners and those with more advanced interest in stars and stellar evolution.

ISBN 978-0-5218-1803-2

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520

Weintraub, David A.

Is Pluto a Planet?: A Historical Journey through the Solar System

261 pp., 6" x 9", 67 halftones, 5 line illus., 1 table, $27.95 cloth, CIP included

November 2006

Princeton University Press

"No matter which side of the debate you find yourself on, Is Pluto a Planet? will equip you with all the information you need to win your argument. And along the way, David Weintraub treats you to a fascinating tour of the past, present, and future of our attempts to understand the solar system and our place within it."--Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium, NY. "Weintraub places the Pluto controversy in context in his judicious, lively account of the development of our solar system and the evolution of the meaning of the word planet."--Publishers Weekly

LC 2006929630, ISBN 978-0-691-12348-6

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523.122

Gribbin, John

The Origins of the Future: Ten Questions for the Next Ten Years

320 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/4", index, $27.50 cloth, CIP included

November 2006

Yale University Press

"The author leads us through the miracles and mazes of chemistry, biology, geophysics, and cosmology, explaining how it all fits together. Without complex mathematics, the weekend scientist can understand the dynamics of modern science and be inspired to explore further."--Public Library Association. "For anyone who's ever wondered about the physics behind the universe at large, Gribbin has provided a fairly in-depth look at physicists' current understanding of its beginning, its evolution to its current state, and its eventual fate. An accessible read, Origins of the Future will make a fine addition to any general science collection. Recommended."--Library Journal

LC 2006011062, ISBN 978-0-300-11998-5

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530.122

Chown, Marcus

The Quantum Zoo: A Tourist's Guide to the Neverending Universe

216 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", bibliog., index, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2006

The National Academies Press/Joseph Henry Press

Quantum theory has literally made the modern world possible. Not only has it given us lasers, computers, and nuclear reactors, but it has provided an explanation for why the sun shines and why the ground beneath our feet is solid. Despite this, however, quantum theory and relativity have gained the reputation of being beyond the understanding of the average person. Marcus Chown emphatically disagrees. As Einstein himself said, "Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone." In Chown's capable hands, quantum physics and relativity are not only painless but downright fun.

LC 2005034345, ISBN 978-0-3090-9622-5

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550-599 Earth and Life Sciences, Plants, Animals


551.6

Dow, Kristin and Tom Downing

The Atlas of Climate Change: Mapping the World's Greatest Challenge

112 pp., 7 1/4" x 9 1/2", 7 color photos, 60 maps, 5 tables, index, $19.95 paper

October 2006

University of California Press

"Concise in expression, The Atlas of Climate Change elucidates, with handsome cartography (including more than 50 full-color maps and graphics) and a text that sticks to the facts, the key issues surrounding global climate change."--Kirkus Reviews. "This pioneering atlas sets out much of the available knowledge in an attractive and accessible way. It will become an essential point of reference for anyone looking for a quick and accurate overview of this multidisciplinary subject."--John Ashton, Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO)

LC 2006050098, ISBN 978-0-520-25023-9

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560.176

Fraser, Nicholas

Dawn of the Dinosaurs: Life in the Triassic

328 pp., 8 1/2" x 11", 101 b&w and 98 color photos, $49.95 cloth, CIP included

November 2006

Indiana University Press

Before the Age of Dinosaurs, there was an age in Earth's history known as the Triassic. This incredibly exciting period is brought vividly to life in the words of paleontologist Nicholas Fraser and the consummate artistry of Douglas Henderson. Together they have created a book in which the riches of Triassic life are recreated with clarity, scientific accuracy, and imagination.

LC 2005035986, ISBN 978-0-253-34652-0

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567.922

Ward, Peter

Out of Thin Air: Dinosaurs, Birds, and Earth's Ancient Atmosphere

296 pp., 6" x 9", bibliog., index, $27.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2006

The National Academies Press/Joseph Henry Press

Until a deadly asteroid forced their extinction, dinosaurs ruled the Earth for 65 million years. Fossil evidence demonstrates that dinosaurs survived several mass extinctions and were seemingly unaffected by catastrophes that decimated most other life on Earth. Biologist and earth scientist Peter Ward now accounts for the remarkable indestructibility of dinosaurs by connecting their ability to adapt with their unusual respiration system--a system that was ultimately bequeathed to their descendants, birds. Ward describes the unique form of breathing shared by these two distant relatives and demonstrates how this simple but remarkable characteristic provides the elusive explanation to a question that has thus far stumped scientists.

LC 2006020396, ISBN 978-0-3091-0061-8

AASL: G/P

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569.22

Prothero, Donald R.

After the Dinosaurs: The Age of Mammals

384 pp., 7" x 10", 248 b&w photos, 10 plates, index, $39.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2006

Indiana University Press

After the Dinosaurs is a book for everyone who has an abiding fascination with the remarkable life of the past. The rapid evolution of thousands of species of mammals brought forth gigantic hornless rhinos, sabertooth cats, mastodons and mammoths, and many other creatures--including our own ancestors--over the past 65 million years.

LC 2005033287, ISBN 978-0-253-34733-6

AASL: G/P

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575.016

Darwin, Charles Edited by Morse Peckham

The Origin of Species: A Variorum Text

816 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/4", $29.95 paper, CIP included

April 2006

University of Pennsylvania Press

The theories propounded by Charles Darwin in The Origin of Species have had a profound and revolutionary effect, not only on biology but on philosophy, history, and theology as well. His concept of natural selection has created eruptive disputes among the scientists and religious leaders of his time and ours. The phenomenal importance of his brilliant studies is universally recognized, but for the first time in this volume, a scholar has attempted the gargantuan task of compiling a complete variorum edition covering all of the extensive variants in the six texts published between 1859 and 1872.

LC 58010416, ISBN 978-0-8122-1954-8

AASL: G/P

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576.8

Erwin, Douglas H.

Extinction: How Life on Earth Nearly Ended 250 Million Years Ago

296 pp., 6" x 9", 27 halftones, 40 line illus., $24.95 cloth, CIP included

February 2006

Princeton University Press

"Extinction is a very enjoyable read....It provides a thoroughly up-to-date account of the causes of the end-Permian event and the developments in the field since 1993 as seen through the eyes of one of the key players...Extinction leaves the reader with the (accurate) picture that here is a scientist whose work has significantly advanced our understanding of the greatest extinction event known to science...[A] readable and scholarly account."--Richard J. Twitchett, American Scientist. "Extinction provides a great reference for researchers and the interested lay reader alike."--Andrew M. Bush, Science

LC 2005043376, ISBN 978-0-691-00524-9

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578.77

Kaplan, Eugene H.

Sensuous Seas: Tales of a Marine Biologist

288 pp., 6" x 9", 150 line illus., $24.95 cloth, CIP included

August 2006

Princeton University Press

"Eugene H. Kaplan has been teaching marine biology for half a century, and shares his experience of bringing the subject alive...Each of the 31 chapters opens with either one of Kaplan's own memoirs or a scenario from his imagination, before exploring the marine biology behind the tale...Kaplan's book conveys the breadth and excitement of an education in marine biology...[T]here is no stronger recommendation that I could make."--Jon Copley, Nature. "A cornucopia of marine anecdotes that will have you both enthralled and repulsed...Extraordinary in its breadth and written in an extremely accessible style."--The Ecologist

LC 2005054517, ISBN 978-0-691-12560-2

AASL: G/P

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578.77

Stephens, Lester D. and Dale R. Calder

Seafaring Scientist: Alfred Goldsborough Mayor, Pioneer in Marine Biology

244 pp., 6" x 9", 28 b&w and 8 color illus., index, $54.95 cloth, $24.95 paper, CIP included

September 2006

The University of South Carolina Press

Infused with a hearty sense of adventure and zeal for discovery, Seafaring Scientist recounts the achievements of a giant in the field of marine biology. Alfred Goldsborough Mayor (1868-1922), a Harvard-trained marine biologist and close associate of Alexander Agassiz, founded and directed the first tropical marine biological laboratory in the Western Hemisphere. Mayor himself achieved international prominence in the field of biology for his authoritative work on jellyfishes and coral reefs. "This book fills a gap in American zoological history with an important and very interesting figure who will now receive the attention he deserves."--Edward O. Wilson

LC 2006010192, ISBN 978-1-57003-641-5 (c.), ISBN 978-1-57003-642-2 (p.)

AASL: G/P

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580.22

Huxley, Anthony Foreword by Sir David Attenborough

Green Inheritance: Saving the Plants of the World

192 pp., 9" x 10 1/2", 217 color illus., 17 maps, index, $29.95 paper

February 2006

University of California Press

"A revised edition of a classic environmental title, Green Inheritance is a lushly illustrated treatment of an important theme...providing a lucent argument for ecological preservation."--Bloomsbury Review. "This new, invaluable, and more urgent incarnation addresses the fact that critical plant species are dying out at an alarming rate, a situation that continues to worsen with the passing of time...The elegance and descriptive power of the text combines with compelling visuals to show the interconnectedness of deserts, oceans, and polar ice caps. Readers will come away with an enhanced view of the natural world."--Booklist

LC 2005052876, ISBN 978-0-520-24359-0

AASL: G/P

PLA: G


590.73

Donahue, Jesse and Erik Trump

The Politics of Zoos: Exotic Animals and Their Protectors

236 pp., 6" x 9", 12 illus., bibliog., index, $40.00 cloth, $24.00 paper, CIP included

August 2006

Northern Illinois University Press

In recent decades, zoos have come under fire from animal rights activists, federal regulatory agencies, anti-tax advocates, and an assortment of litigators. Recognizing the need for political savoir faire, the zoo community united under the banner of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA). In this original study, Donahue and Trump offer a political biography of the AZA from the 1960s to the present, focusing on the leaders who made the organization an astute political player and, at the same time, crafted a more progressive public mission.

LC 2006001580, ISBN 978-0-87580-364-7 (c.), ISBN 978-0-87580-613-6 (p.)

AASL: G/P

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592

Attenborough, David

Life in the Undergrowth

288 pp., 7" x 10", 275 color plates, $29.95 cloth

February 2006

Princeton University Press

"With its superb synthesis of the majority of living species, Life in the Undergrowth is a high point in David Attenborough's career, but it is also an elegant restatement of something he has spent a lifetime trying to teach: we are simply one species among a multitude, all of which are worthy of our interest and respect."--The New York Review of Books. "A companion to a new television program on Animal Planet, this wonderful exploration of invertebrates exceeds the requirements for a great nature book through the strength of its photographs and the quality of its prose."--Publishers Weekly

LC 2005934727, ISBN 978-0-691-12703-3

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595.722

Turpin, Tom

Flies in the Face of Fashion, Mites Make Right, and Other BUGdacious Tales

259 pp., 5 1/2" x 7 1/4", illus., photos, $14.95 paper, CIP included

June 2006

Purdue University Press

If you want to get downright buggy, pick up this wonderful collection of insect tales from the "Bug Bowl" guru, Tom Turpin. After you're through, you'll know more about the six-leg kingdom and its occupants than any bookworm that you run across. Which insect did the ancient Egyptians worship as a god? What did Ogden Nash have to say about termites? Which insect produces "Turkey Red" dye? What bug has survived for 300 million years? Each tale is easily accessible, provides fun and scientific facts, and is self-contained. Juveniles through adults will be fascinated with the world of Turpin's bugs.

LC 2006001190, ISBN 978-1-55753-417-0

AASL: O/MS-HS, P

PLA: G


595.780

Spencer, Lori A.

Arkansas Butterflies and Moths

300 pp., 6" x 9", 363 color photos, drawings, maps, indexes, glossary, $27.95 paper, CIP included

October 2006

The University of Arkansas Press

The book includes 263 species descriptions and more than 300 color photographs, among them shots of larvae. General information about butterfly gardening and prime butterfly locations is also included. Spencer discusses each species' life cycle, survival, anatomy, and behavior, as well as presenting a collection of specimens. Maps break down the regions--and hot spots--where they are found. The guide features an extensive glossary and three indexes listing common names, scientific names, and caterpillar host plants.

LC 2006022716, ISBN 978-0-912456-25-6

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595.781

Miller, Jeffrey C., Daniel H. Janzen, and Winifred Hallwachs

100 Caterpillars: Portraits from the Tropical Forests of Costa Rica

272 pp., 9" x 8", 207 color illus., 1 halftone, $39.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2006

Harvard University Press

Every bright monarch butterfly or striking luna moth started out in a far subtler form of nature's mosaic, a humble caterpillar. Unobtrusive as they go about their business, these caterpillars are rarely seen by humans--and are virtually never seen from the perspective presented in this sumptuous volume: photographed in extreme close-ups at a resolution that captures in sharp detail the exquisite colors and features eluding the casual observer. The pictures are accompanied by capsule species accounts--revealing life histories as diverse as their forms--and magnificent images of the adult butterfly or moth.

LC 2005059102, ISBN 978-0-674-02190-7

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597.928

Ruckdeschel, Carol and C. Robert Shoop

Sea Turtles of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States

152 pp., 6" x 9", 79 color photos, 6 maps, 32 figures, $19.95 paper, CIP included

June 2006

University of Georgia Press

Written by two of the Southeast's foremost authorities on sea turtle conservation, this is an accessible, fully-illustrated guide to the species that frequents the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States. The guide opens with comprehensive coverage of the sea turtle's evolution, juvenile and adult life cycles, nesting, diet and feeding, disease and parasites, predators, and conservation issues. Each subsequent chapter is dedicated to a particular turtle species: loggerhead, leatherback, Kemp's ridley, green sea turtle, hawksbill, and olive ridley, and describes each species' distribution, habitats, general appearance, life history and behavior, and conservation.

LC 2005032817, ISBN 978-0-8203-2614-6

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598

Swash, Andy and Rob Still

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galápagos Islands: An Identification Guide, 2nd Edition

168 pp., 4 3/4" x 7 7/8", 53 color illus., index, $25.00 paper

February 2006

Yale University Press

This is the first comprehensive guide to the unique wildlife of the Galápagos. "Anyone traveling to the Galápagos Islands should have a copy."--Choice. "This book adds to the many Galápagos field guides, but is sufficiently different to make it a significant contribution to the guidebook literature of these islands...The presentation is effective and the images sufficient to help the casual traveler...It should be a very useful guide for the average visitor to these unusual islands that are suffering from too many tourist visits."--American Reference Books Annual, 2003

LC 2005930975, ISBN 978-0-300-11532-1

AASL: O/EM-HS, P

PLA: G


598.7

Forshaw, Joseph M. Illustrated by Frank Knight

Parrots of the World: An Identification Guide

400 pp., 8 1/2" x 12", 121 color plates, 378 maps, $65.00 cloth, CIP included

March 2006

Princeton University Press

Until now, no easy-to-use guide existed for the identification of all species and subspecies of these beloved creatures. Lavishly illustrated and beautifully presented, Parrots of the World is the most comprehensive handbook for identifying some 350 species of parrots found throughout the world. "This is a very valuable reference text."--Roger Wilkinson, Newsletter of the World Parrot Trust

LC 2005045831, ISBN 978-0-691-09251-5

AASL: O/P

PLA: G


599

Shirihai, Hadoram and Brett Jarrett

Whales, Dolphins, and Other Marine Mammals of the World (Princeton Field Guides)

384 pp., 6" x 9", 476 color photos, 75 color plates, 110 color maps, $55.00 cloth, $24.95 paper

November 2006

Princeton University Press

This breathtakingly beautiful book brings readers nose-to-nose with all of the world's marine mammals--a comprehensive line-up of remarkable whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, walruses, otters, polar bears, dugongs, and manatees. A highly practical field guide, it combines state-of-the-art illustrations with superb color photographs and detailed maps. The book highlights key field marks and clearly summarizes the types of behaviors that marine-mammal watchers may observe. The detailed text and stunning photos in this book make it a go-to reference guide. Armed with this book, any observer anywhere in the world should be able to identify the marine mammals they encounter.

LC 2006925819, ISBN 978-0-691-12756-9 (c.), ISBN 978-0-691-12757-6 (p.)

AASL: O/MS-HS, P

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