2011 University Press Books

 

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500-599 Pure Science


500-549 Math, Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry

550-599 Earth and Life Science, Plants, Animals        
   

500-549 Math, Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry


507.1

Fenichel, Marilyn and Heidi A. Schweingruber

National Research Council of the National Academies

Surrounded by Science: Learning Science in Informal Environments

240 pp., 8 1/4” x 10”, $24.95 paper

September 2010

The National Academies Press

Practitioners in informal science settings—museums, after-school programs, science and technology centers, media enterprises, libraries, aquariums, zoos, and botanical gardens—are interested in finding out what learning looks like, how to measure it, and what they can do to ensure that people of all ages, from different backgrounds and cultures, have a positive learning experience. Surrounded by Science: Learning Science in Informal Environments, is designed to make that task easier. Based on the National Research Council study, Learning Science in Informal Environments: People, Places, and Pursuits, this book is a tool that provides case studies, illustrative examples, and probing questions for practitioners.

LC 2010003193, ISBN 9780309136747 (p.)

AASL: G/P

PLA: O


508

Nigge, Klaus

Whooping Crane: Images from the Wild

228 pp., 11” x 12”, 156 color photos, $45.00 cloth

August 2010

Texas A&M University Press

In three galleries, each containing portfolios of images of these magnificent birds in their natural habitat, Nigge captures the beauty and essential mystery that have led humans the world over to include cranes in their earliest myths and legends. Additionally, Nigge has written vignettes to accompany each of the portfolios.

LC 2009048496, ISBN 9781603442091 (c.)

PLA: O


508

Tunnell, John W., et al.

Encyclopedia of Texas Seashells: Identification, Ecology, Distribution, and History

512 pp., 8 1/2” x 11”, 987 color and 12 b&w photos, 15 maps, 18 line art, 3 figures, 2 tables, glossary, bibliography, index, $50.00 cloth

July 2010

Texas A&M University Press

An essential reference book for every collector and researcher of American seashells, Encyclopedia of Texas Seashells is a complete sourcebook and up-to-date identification guide, covering an unprecedented nine hundred species of seashells and mollusks that reside in the marine habitats of the Gulf of Mexico. Covering species that range from Florida to South America, the Encyclopedia of Texas Seashells will also be a valuable resource for anyone interested in seashells of the Western Atlantic.

LC 2009031135, ISBN 9781603441414 (c.)

PLA: RS


530.092

Calaprice, Alice (Editor)

The Ultimate Quotable Einstein

608 pp., 4 1/2” x 7 1/2”, 27 halftones, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

December 2010

Princeton University Press

The definitive new edition of the hugely popular collection of Einstein quotations that has sold tens of thousands of copies worldwide and been translated into twenty-five languages. This new version features 400 additional quotes and includes new sections—”On and to Children,” “On Race and Prejudice,” and “Einstein’s Verses: A Small Selection”—as well as a chronology of Einstein’s life and accomplishments, and Freeman Dyson’s authoritative foreword. “All of us who lack Einstein’s intellectual and spiritual gifts owe a debt of gratitude to Princeton University Press for having humanized him in this innovative way.”—The New York Times Book Review

LC 2010002855, ISBN 9780691138176 (c.)

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550-599 Earth and Life Science, Plants, Animals


550

America’s Climate Choices: Panel on Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change; National Research Council of The National Academies

Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change

292 pp., 7” x 10”, $49.95 paper

December 2010

The National Academies Press

Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change, calls for a new paradigm....Adaptation requires actions from many decision makers in federal and local governments; the private sector; non-governmental organizations; and community groups. However, current efforts are hampered by a lack of solid information about the benefits, costs, and effectiveness of various adaptation options; climate information on regional and local scales; and a lack of coordination. Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change calls for a national adaptation strategy that provides needed technical and scientific resources, incentives to begin adaptation planning, guidance across jurisdictions, shared lessons learned, and support of scientific research to expand knowledge of impacts and adaptation.

LC 2010940136, ISBN 9780309145916 (p.)

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550

Lenart, Melanie

Life in the Hothouse: How a Living Planet Survives Climate Change

236 pp., 6” x 9”, index, $22.95 paper, CIP included

April 2010

The University of Arizona Press

At last—a book for the general reader that demystifies the science behind global warming. In this insightful, compelling, highly readable work, Melanie Lenart, who is both a Ph.D. scientist and an award-winning journalist, examines global warming with the trained eye of a professional scientist and the engaging style of a popular writer. “A highly entertaining yet superbly informative look at earth’s climate and its intricate dance with life, including us.”—Kerry Emanuel, author of Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes

LC 2009046053, ISBN 9780816527236 (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


551.6

Fry, Julianne L., et al.

The Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate Change: A Complete Visual Guide

512 pp., 9 1/4” x 10 1/2”, 2700 color illustrations, 780 maps, 50 tables, $39.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2010

University of California Press

“Recommended for high-school and public libraries.”—Booklist. “A colorful reference book that makes for a great introduction to the science of meteorology and climate.”—Earth Magazine. “Enough detail for weather buffs of all ages.”—Science News. “The science of weather—from cloud formation to approaches to slowing and reversing climate change—is clearly and succinctly explained in this wide-ranging, well-illustrated volume.”—Scientific American. “This book belongs in every science classroom, and should be required reading for any citizen who wants to take an informed stance on climate change.”—ForeWord. “The best general book on climatology ever published—a real masterpiece!”—Christopher C. Burt, author of Extreme Weather

LC 2009943908, ISBN 9780520261013 (c.)

AASL: O/MS/HS/P

PLA: O


559.9

Baker, David and Todd Ratcliff

The 50 Most Extreme Places in Our Solar System

304 pp., 7” x 8”, 225 color illustrations, 25 halftones, index, $27.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2010

Harvard University Press

Baker and Ratcliff, experts in planetary science, feel there is no better way to showcase the grandeur, the weirdness, or the awe-inspiring aspects of science than through an exploration of extreme places and events right here in our own Solar System. Their goal is to bring that “wow” factor to the reader and to show how that awe inspires the continual quest for knowledge. The book emphasizes science as a dynamic process of exploration and discovery. It highlights exciting developments and features mind-blowing images of NASA’s most recent observations....Each individual section strives to answer the most important scientific question of all—”Why?”

LC 2010006126, ISBN 9780674049987 (c.)

AASL: O/MS/HS/P

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567.9

Paul, Gregory S.

The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs

320 pp., 8 1/2” x 11”, 156 color and 448 line illustrations, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

October 2010

Princeton University Press

This lavishly illustrated volume is the first authoritative dinosaur book in the style of a field guide. World-renowned dinosaur illustrator and researcher Gregory Paul provides comprehensive visual and textual coverage of the great Mesozoic animals that gave rise to the living dinosaurs, the birds. Incorporating the new discoveries and research that are radically transforming what we know about dinosaurs, this book is distinguished both by its scientific accuracy and the quality and quantity of its illustrations. “The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs is a must-have for anyone who loves dinosaurs, from the amateur enthusiast to the professional paleontologist.”

Prehistoric Times

LC 2010014916, ISBN 9780691137209 (c.)

AASL: O/E/MS/HS

PLA: O


570.151

Allen, Robert (Editor)

Bulletproof Feathers: How Science Uses Nature’s Secrets to Design Cutting-Edge Technology

192 pp., 8 2/5” x 8 2/5”, 120 color plates, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

May 2010

The University of Chicago Press

With Bulletproof Feathers, Robert Allen brings together some of the greatest minds in the field of biomimetics to provide a fascinating—at times even jaw-dropping—overview of cutting-edge research in the field. In chapters packed with illustrations, Steven Vogel explains how architects and building engineers are drawing lessons from prairie dogs, termites, and even sand dollars in order to heat and cool buildings more efficiently and Julian Vincent goes to the very building blocks of nature, revealing how different structures and arrangements of molecules have inspired the development of some fascinating new materials, such as waterproof clothing based on shark skin.

LC 2009037097, ISBN 9780226014708 (c.)

AASL: O/MS/HS

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578.4

Holmes, Martha and Mike Gunton

Life: Extraordinary Animals, Extreme Behavior

312 pp., 10” x 10 1/2”, 333 color illustrations, 1 map, $39.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2010

University of California Press

Companion volume to the Discovery Channel series, Life tells a majestic and compelling story of survival and of the amazing behaviors animals and plants adopt to stay alive. Beautifully written and illustrated with more than 300 color photographs, Life demonstrates the harrowing and very different challenges that all living things must overcome to prevail. This sumptuous volume brims with information and unforgettable images of the spectacular, the dangerous, and the bizarre. “Even the most casual reader will be awed by the beauty, complexity, and ingenuity of nature as celebrated here.”—Library Journal

LC 2009031158, ISBN 9780520265370 (c.)

AASL: O/E/MS/HS

PLA: O


581.48

Coombes, Allen J.

(Edited by Zsolt Debreczy)

The Book of Leaves: A Leaf-by-Leaf Guide to Six Hundred of the World’s Great Trees

656 pp., 7 1/2” x 10”, 600 color plates, 600 line drawings, 600 maps, $55.00 cloth, CIP included

November 2010

The University of Chicago Press

The Book of Leaves offers a visually stunning and scientifically engaging guide to six hundred of the most impressive and beautiful leaves from around the world. Each leaf is reproduced here at its actual size, in full color, and is accompanied by an explanation of the range, distribution, abundance, and habitat of the tree on which it’s found. Brief scientific and historical accounts of each tree and related species include fun-filled facts and anecdotes that broaden its portrait.

LC 2010009779, ISBN 9780226139739 (c.)

AASL: O/E/MS/HS

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581.756

Del Tredici, Peter

Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast: A Field Guide

392 pp., 6” x 9”, 966 color photographs, 1 chart/graph, 2 maps, $29.95 paper, CIP included

February 2010

Cornell University Press

Peter Del Tredici’s lushly illustrated field guide to wild urban plants of the northeastern United States is the first of its kind. While it covers the area bounded by Montreal, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Detroit, it is broadly applicable to temperate urban environments across North America. The book covers 222 species that flourish without human assistance or approval. Rather than vilifying such plants as weeds, Del Tredici stresses that it is important to notice, recognize, and appreciate their contribution to the quality of urban life.

LC 2009034648, ISBN 9780801474583 (p.)

AASL: RG/E/MS/HS

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582.16

Johnson, Hugh

The World of Trees

400 pp., 8 1/2” x 11”, 500 color and 1000 line illustrations, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2010

University of California Press

“This lavish and soulful (now that’s an excellent pairing!) book will have you dreaming of strawberry trees and dove trees.”—New York Times Book Review. “Beautifully illustrated—a magnificent magnolia, romantic plane trees in Languedoc, larches in the Dolomites. Informative and opinionated text by Johnson is just as enjoyable.”—Shelf Awareness. From oaks and pines to rare, spectacular species, this is a guide to more than 600 of the world’s trees. An excellent resource for gardeners, botanists, and general readers alike, it is a completely revised edition of Johnson’s classic International Book of Trees featuring new photographs, illustrations, and listings for the newest varieties and cultivars.

LC 2010924311, ISBN 9780520247567 (c.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: O


594.147

Harasewych, M. G. and Fabio Moretzsohn

The Book of Shells: A Life-Size Guide to Identifying and Classifying Six Hundred Seashells

656 pp., 7 1/2” x 10”, 2400 color plates, $55.00 cloth, CIP included

June 2010

The University of Chicago Press

The Book of Shells offers a visually stunning and scientifically engaging guide to six hundred of the most intriguing mollusk shells....Each shell is reproduced here at its actual size, in full color, and is accompanied by an explanation of the shell’s range, distribution, abundance, habitat, and operculum....Brief scientific and historical accounts of each shell and related species include fun-filled facts and anecdotes that broaden its portrait.

LC 2009034321, ISBN 9780226315775 (c.)

AASL: RG/E/MS/HS

PLA: O


595.79

Seeley, Thomas D.

Honeybee Democracy

280 pp., 8” x 9”, 30 color and 26 line illustrations, 30 halftones, 1 table, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2010

Princeton University Press

“Dr. Seeley is an engaging guide. His enthusiasm and admiration for honeybees is infectious. His accumulated research seems truly masterly, doing for bees what E.O. Wilson did for ants.”—The New York Times. “Honeybee Democracy, by Thomas D. Seeley, will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about one of the world’s most beneficial insects....Seeley, a biologist and beekeeper, presents his excellent understanding of what makes the bees’ society work for the survival of the species.”—Washington Post. “The year’s most enchanting science book.”—Financial Times (FT Critics Pick 2010).

LC 2010010265, ISBN 9780691147215 (c.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: S


595.796

Moffett, Mark W.

Adventures Among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions

288 pp., 7” x 10”, 61 color illustrations, 1 b&w photograph, 1 line illustration, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2010

University of California Press

“Writes with an entertainer’s instinct for hooking a restless audience....Moffett’s guide can be read before taking a trip to Brazil or around the backyard....Along with honoring the interdependence of life forms and offering provocative thoughts on the meaning of individuality within a rigid but highly intelligent mass-minded hierarchy, the author heightens awareness of the mundane, deadly struggles for survival that go on every day beneath our feet.”—New York Times. “A fine specimen, packed with full-color photographs of ants taken by Moffett, whose expertise with the camera must match his expertise on ant biology—the pictures are stunning.”—National Wildlife Winner, 2010 National Outdoor Book Awards.

LC 2009040610, ISBN 9780520261990 (c.)

AASL: O/HS

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597

Pepperell, Julian

Fishes of the Open Ocean: A Natural History and Illustrated Guide

272 pp., 9” x 11”, 370 color plates, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

March 2010

The University of Chicago Press

[This]...is the first book to comprehensively describe these fishes and explore the complex and often fragile world in which they live. In what will be the definitive book on the subject for years to come...Pepperell details the environment and biology of every major species of fish that inhabits the open ocean....The first section of the book introduces the various evolutionary forms these fish have taken, as well as the ways in which specific species interact and coevolve with others in the food web. A chapter on commercial and sport fisheries explores the human element in this realm and considers such issues as sustainability, catch-and-release initiatives, and the risks of extinction.

LC 2009032290, ISBN 9780226655390 (c.)

AASL: O/HS

PLA: G


597.099

Randall, John E.

Shore Fishes of Hawai’i: Revised Edition

240 pp., 6” x 9”, 475 color illustrations, index, $19.99 paper, CIP included

March 2010

University of Hawai’i Press

[The] new edition of Shore Fishes of Hawai’i, updates our knowledge of Hawaiian fishes and has been expanded to include 372 species. All are illustrated by the author’s 475 superb photographs. The most important characteristics to identify a fish are given as well as the size attained and its distribution. Each species account begins with the American common name, followed by the Hawaiian name (when known), and the scientific name. Because it is necessary to use some scientific terminology when giving the principal diagnostic characteristics of families or species of fishes and what they eat, a handy glossary appears at the back of the book before the Index.

LC 2009043170, ISBN 9780824834272 (p.)

AASL: RG/HS

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597.66

Spitzer, Mark

Season of the Gar: Adventures in Pursuit of America’s Most Misunderstood Fish

200 pp., 6” x 9”, 17 photographs, $19.95 paper, CIP included

April 2010

The University of Arkansas Press

Season of the Gar is a fang-infested, monster-headed, armor-plated romp through the prehistoric swamps and murky rivers of America’s most feared and demonized fish. Follow Mark Spitzer on his lengthy and often frustrating quest from Texas and Louisiana, Missouri, and Arkansas to catch his own gar.

LC 2009053364, ISBN 9781557289292 (p.)

AASL: O/HS

PLA: G


598.7

Forshaw, Joseph M.

(Illustrated by Frank Knight)

Parrots of the World

328 pp., 6” x 9”, 146 color plates, 2 line illustrations, 391 maps, $29.95 paper, CIP included

October 2010

Princeton University Press

From the macaws of South America to the cockatoos of Australia, parrots are among the most beautiful and exotic birds in the world—and also among the most endangered. This stunningly illustrated, easy-to-use field guide covers all 356 species and well-differentiated subspecies of parrots, and is the only guide organized by geographical distribution—Australasian, Afro-Asian, and neotropical. Features 146 color plates depicting all species and well-differentiated subspecies. Provides detailed facing-page species accounts that describe key identification features, distribution, subspeciation, habitat, and status. Includes color distribution maps. Shows where to observe each species in the wild.

LC 2010002333, ISBN 9780691142852 (p.)

AASL: RG, RS/E/MS/HS

PLA: G


599.938

Dunbar, Robin

How Many Friends Does One Person Need?: Dunbar’s Number and Other Evolutionary Quirks

312 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/4”, index, $27.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2010

Harvard University Press

[This book] has its origins in a series of popular science articles that Dunbar wrote for New Scientist magazine...and the Scotsman newspaper....The essays collected here convey some of the excitement—and some of the fun—that has made its way into the evolutionary study of behavior, and in particular human behavior, over the last decade. The main theme uniting all the pieces in this volume is that, as Dunbar puts it, “we are as much the product of our evolutionary history as any other species is.” Dunbar’s essays and investigations cover a wide variety of topics in grab bag fashion, such that every essay is an entry point.

LC 2010029306, ISBN 9780674057166 (c.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


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