2013 University Press Books


Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries


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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


Mackenzie, Dana

The Universe in Zero Words: The Story of Mathematics as Told through Equations

224 pp., 7" x 9 1/2", 26 color illustrations, 17 halftones, 12 line illustrations, bibliographical references, index, $27.95 cloth

May 2012

Princeton University Press

"[M]ackenzie provides interesting insights regarding the equations, such as relating whale communications to a model of a non-Euclidean geometry or the role of cigar smoke in the quantization of angular momentum of quantum particles....The book is an enjoyable read..."—Choice. "Quietly learned and beautifully illustrated, Mackenzie's book is a celebration of the succinct and the singular in human expression."—Nature

LC 2011936364, ISBN 9780691152820 (c.)



Peters, Elsa Kirsten

Planet Rock Doc: Nuggets from Explorations of the Natural World

198 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/4", illustrations, $22.95 paper, CIP included

March 2012

Washington State University Press

Dr. Elsa Kirsten Peters, better known as the Rock Doc, regularly conveys her enthusiasm for all things science in her nationally syndicated column. Planet Rock Doc, a collection of her articles plus several new entries, explores a wide range of topics related to natural and applied sciences. With her wry sense of humor, personal anecdotes, and knack for explaining the complex in simple terms, she reflects on the remarkable observations and inventions cultivated by great minds of the past....For easy access, articles are arranged by subject matter—geology and paleontology, energy and engines, food and agriculture, climate change, human health, biology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, and education and history.

LC 2012000171, ISBN 9780874223101 (p.)




Downie, Neil A.

The Ultimate Book of Saturday Science: The Very Best Backyard Science Experiments You Can Do Yourself

560 pp., 7" x 9", 28 halftones, 133 line illustrations, bibliographical references, index, $29.95 paper, CIP included

June 2012

Princeton University Press

"Downie's instructions are admirably clear and straightforward; his explanations of the underlying science admirably comprehensive and comprehensible; and his passion and enthusiasm, totally infectious."—Helen Mulley, Teach Secondary. "This book is guaranteed fun."—New Scientist. The Ultimate Book of Saturday Science features more than seventy fun and astonishing experiments that range in difficulty from simple to more challenging. All of them are original, and all are guaranteed to work. Downie provides instructions for each one and explains the underlying science, and also presents experimental variations that readers will want to try.

LC 2011050184, ISBN 9780691149660 (p.)



Pyle, Robert Michael

The Tangled Bank: Writings from Orion

208 pp., 6" x 9", $18.95 paper, CIP included

October 2012

Oregon State University Press

Robert Michael Pyle's "Tangled Bank" column appeared in 52 consecutive issues of Orion and Orion Afield magazines between 1997 and 2008. Pyle's thoughtful and concise narratives range in subject from hops and those who love them to independent bookstores to the monarchs of Mexico. In each piece, Pyle refutes "the idea that the world is a boring place," sharing his meticulous observations of the endless and fascinating details of the living earth.

LC 2012015115, ISBN 9780870716799 (p.)




McKinney, Bonnie Reynolds

In the Shadow of the Carmens: Afield with a Naturalist in the Northern Mexican Mountains

240 pp., 8" x 8", 22 color and 55 b&w photographs, 2 maps, $39.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2012

Texas Tech University Press

Often called magical or mystical, the Maderas del Carmen of Northern Mexico have stirred imagination for centuries. Stories of bandits, Indians, ghosts, incredible flora and fauna, cool forests, waterfalls, and vast woodlands filter to across the Rio Grande. In intimate photographs and loving words Bonnie McKinney, who has headed up a conservation program there since 2001, takes readers on a fascinating armchair journey, introducing them to the incredible biodiversity of this jewel of Mexico.

LC 2012021872, ISBN 9780896727649 (c.)




Committee on the Mathematical Sciences in 2025; Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Research Council

Fueling Innovation and Discovery: The Mathematical Sciences in the 21st Century

57 pp., 8 1/4" x 10", $19.95 paper, CIP included

July 2012

The National Academies Press

Fueling Innovation and Discovery describes recent advances in the mathematical sciences and advances enabled by mathematical sciences research. It is geared toward general readers who would like to know more about ongoing advances in the mathematical sciences and how these advances are changing our understanding of the world, creating new technologies, and transforming industries....[This book] will be of use to policy makers, researchers, business leaders, students, and others interested in learning more about the deep connections between the mathematical sciences and every other aspect of the modern world. To function well in a technologically advanced society, every educated person should be familiar with multiple aspects of the mathematical sciences.

LC 2012013553, ISBN 9780309254731 (p.)



Lockhart, Paul


416 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/4", 416 line illustrations, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2012

Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

Lockhart's A Mathematician's Lament outlined how we introduce math to students in the wrong way. Measurement explains how math should be done. With plain English and pictures, he makes complex ideas about shape and motion intuitive and graspable, and offers a solution to math phobia by introducing us to math as an artful way of thinking and living.

LC 2012007726, ISBN 9780674057555 (c.)




Fantoli, Annibale

(Translated by George V. Coyne, S.J.)

The Case of Galileo: A Closed Question?

288 pp., 6" x 9", $28.00 paper, CIP included

March 2012

University of Notre Dame Press

"Fantoli provides a simplified version of his scholarly Galileo: For Copernicanism and for the Church...for the general reader....Fantoli's analysis of the burdensome inheritance of the Galileo affair' is more extensive than his earlier work and pertinent to the continuing struggle between science and religion. The excellence of the prose is a product of the author's ideas and the translator's skill."—Choice

LC 2012000866, ISBN 9780268028916 (p.)




Castor, Stephen B. and Gregory C. Ferdock

Minerals of Nevada

560 pp., 7" x 10", 102 color illustrations, 3 maps, 14 tables, index, bibliography, $45.00 paper, CIP included

March 2012

University of Nevada Press

Nevada has an extraordinary diversity of minerals, some of them unique to the state and some the focus of human exploitation for millennia. This comprehensive and fully illustrated volume is the first synoptic catalog of Nevada minerals, listing every mineral found in the state along with the places where they occur. The book includes the geologic history of the state, the history of mining in Nevada, descriptions of significant mineral deposits and mining districts, maps, and an album of striking color photographs of rare and important minerals.

LC 2003010951, ISBN 9780874178821 (p.)



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550-599 Earth and Life Science, Plants, Animals


Rhodes, Frank H. T.

Earth: A Tenant's Manual

384 pp., 7" x 10", 81 b&w illustrations, 12 tables, $29.95 paper, CIP included

June 2012

Cornell University Press

A sweeping, accessible, and deeply informed guide to the home all humanity shares, this book shows us how we might best preserve the Earth's livability for ourselves and future generations. Rhodes begins with an overview of how the Earth works and why it teems with life. He then address[es] the changes that are of concern to us today, from earthquakes to climate change, and the clashes over the energy resources needed for the Earth's exploding population. He concludes with an extended exploration of humanity's prospects on a complex, protean, and ultimately finite world.

LC 2012002190, ISBN 9780801478239 (p.)




Hobbs, Carl H.

The Beach Book: Science of the Shore

192 pp., 6" x 9", 40 illustrations, 5 maps, 2 charts, 12 graphs, $60.00 cloth, $19.50 paper, CIP included

June 2012

Columbia University Press

"Fascinating phenomena—from surf beat, edge waves and beach cusps to the dunes known as barchans—bob through this crisply written guide to ecology and geology at the edge."—Nature. The Beach Book tells sunbathers why beaches widen and narrow, and helps boaters and anglers understand why tidal inlets migrate. It gives home buyers insight into erosion rates and provides natural-resource managers and interested citizens with rich information on beach nourishment and coastal-zone development. Finally, it outlines the latest scientific information on sea-level rise and introduces ways to combat not only the erosion of beaches but also the decline of other coastal habitats.

LC 2011047619, ISBN 9780231160544 (c.), ISBN 9780231160551 (p.)




Brett-Surman, M. K., Thomas R. Holtz, Jr., and James O. Farlow (Editors)

The Complete Dinosaur, Second Edition

1128 pp., 8 1/2" x 11", 32 color and 485 b&w illustrations, $85.00 cloth, CIP included

July 2012

Indiana University Press

The most thorough and up-to-date survey of dinosaurs available. "...[A] highly valuable resource for anyone with a serious interest in dinosaurs. Even as dinosaur family trees change, and discoveries alter what we thought we knew, the new volume is a fertile starting place for students and experts interested in paleontological problems they have not considered before. At the very least, The Complete Dinosaur demonstrates how exceptionally rich the study of dinosaurs has become."—National Geographic Laelaps. "Copiously illustrated and accessible to all readers from the enthusiastic amateur to the most learned professional paleontologist, The Complete Dinosaur is a feast for serious dinosaur lovers everywhere."—The Guardian-Birdbooker Report

LC 2011050297, ISBN 9780253357014 (c.)




Gruell, George E.

(With Sherman Swanson)

Nevada's Changing Wildlife Habitat: An Ecological History

192 pp., 6" x 9", 30 b&w illustrations, 1 map, index, bibliography, $39.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2012

University of Nevada Press

For millennia the ecology of the Great Basin has evolved because of climate change and the impacts of human presence. Gruell and Swanson explain the transformations in the plants and animals of this region over time and how they came about. Using data gleaned from archaeological and anthropological studies, historical documents, repeat photography, and natural sciences, the authors examine changes in vegetation and their impact on wildlife and the general health of the environment. They also outline the choices that current users and managers of rangelands face in being good stewards of this harsh but fragile environment and its wildlife.

LC 2011039282, ISBN 9780874178715 (c.)




Schlyer, Krista

(Foreword by Jamie Rappaport Clark)

Continental Divide: Wildlife, People, and the Border Wall

192 pp., 9" x 10", 173 color photographs, map, bibliography, index, $30.00 cloth, CIP included

October 2012

Texas A&M University Press

The topic of the border wall between the United States and Mexico continues to be broadly and hotly debated: on national news media, by local and state governments, and even over the dinner table. By now, broad segments of the population have heard widely varying opinions about the wall's effect on illegal immigration, international politics, and the drug war. But what about the wall's effect on animals? Krista Schlyer vividly shows us that this largely isolated natural area, stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, is also host to a number of rare ecosystems.

LC 2012016468, ISBN 9781603447430 (c.)




Mann, Michael E.

The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines

384 pp., 6" x 9", 20 figures, $28.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2012

Columbia University Press

"Mann's account and nontechnical rebuttal of the attacks on climate science provide an excellent primer on contemporary climate science....Highly recommended."—Choice. "An important and disturbing account of the fossil-fuel industry's well-funded public-relations campaign to sow doubt about the validity of the science of climate change...This blistering indictment of corporate-funded chicanery demands a wide audience."—Kirkus Reviews

LC 2011038813, ISBN 9780231152549 (c.)



Pittman, Craig

The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World's Most Beautiful Orchid

304 pp., 6" x 9", 21 b&w photographs, map, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2012

University Press of Florida

After its discovery in 2002, Phragmipedium kovachii became the most sought-after orchid in the world. Prices soared to $10,000 on the black market. Then one showed up at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. The collision between Selby's scientists and the smugglers of Phrag. kovachii led to search warrants, a grand jury investigation, and criminal charges. Investigative journalist Craig Pittman unravels this tangled web to shine a spotlight on flawed international treaties governing trade in endangered wildlife and shows how some people can become so obsessed—with beauty, with profit, with fame—that they will ignore everything, even the law.

LC 2012001105, ISBN 9780813039749 (c.)




Gould, James L. and Carol Grant Gould

Nature's Compass: The Mystery of Animal Navigation

312 pp., 6" x 9", 10 halftones, 97 line illustrations, 1 table, bibliographical references, index, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2012

Princeton University Press

"Scientist James details biology experiments that reveal how animals measure time, locate landmarks, and direct themselves across the globe, while writer Carol eloquently shows readers the beauty of the monarch butterfly's trip across the United States and into Mexico, the complex dance of honey bees, and homing pigeons' internal GPS system. Throughout the book, the authors combine their strengths to demonstrate both the scientific wonder and beauty of the internal compasses in animals. With an eye toward larger issues, the Goulds also examine the ways in which global warming and habitat destruction affect and endanger these magnificent and complex animals....Recommended."—Susan E. Brazer, Library Journal

LC 2011035086, ISBN 9780691140452 (c.)



Weis, Judith S.

Walking Sideways: The Remarkable World of Crabs

256 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/4", 28 color and 41 b&w illustrations, 5 line drawings, 2 tables, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

November 2012

Cornell University Press

Found from the Arctic to the tropics, from hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean to the branches of mangrove trees, crabs turn up in unexpected places. Judith S. Weis thoroughly captures the diversity of crabs, addressing habitats, form and function, life cycle, behavior, ecology, fisheries, problems, and human interactions with these ubiquitous crustaceans, drawing on first-hand observations and the latest research. With plentiful illustrations and photographs of crabs in their habitats, this book will be a delight for the interested layperson, as well as the professional biologist in many fields.

LC 2012022194, ISBN 9780801450501 (c.)




Carde, Ring T. and Vincent H. Resh (Editors)

A World of Insects: The Harvard University Press Reader

416 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/4", 12 halftones, 31 line illustrations, 1 table, $19.95 paper, CIP included

April 2012

Harvard University Press

A World of Insects showcases classic works on insect behavior, physiology, and ecology published over half a century by Harvard University Press authors Costa, Dethier, Eisner, Goff, Heinrich, H<0x00F6>lldobler, Roeder, Ross, Seeley, von Frisch, Waldbauer, Wilson, and Winston.

LC 2011040323, ISBN 9780674046191 (p.)




Helgen, Judy

Peril in the Ponds: Deformed Frogs, Politics, and a Biologist's Quest

256 pp., 6" x 9", $80.00 cloth, $24.95 paper, CIP included

July 2012

University of Massachusetts Press

By the 1990s, wetlands across the United States were endangered from pollution and decades of drainage to convert them into farmland and urban developments. When deformed frogs—many with missing legs or eyes, footless stumps, or misshapen jaws—began to emerge from Minnesota wetlands, alarm bells went off. What caused such deformities? Pollution? Biological agents? And could the mysterious cause also pose a threat to humans? This is the story of a government biologist's investigation into the mystery of deformed frogs. It provides an inside view of a highly charged environmental issue that aroused the attention of the public and the media and sparked controversies among scientists, politicians, and government agencies.

LC 2012007994, ISBN 9781558499454 (c.), ISBN 9781558499461 (p.)




Erickson, Laura

(Illustrations by Betsy Bowen)

Hawk Ridge: Minnesota's Birds of Prey

104 pp., 9" x 8", 60 illustrations, $24.95 cloth

October 2012

University of Minnesota Press

Raptors have captured the imagination from time immemorial and have an especially rich history in Minnesota....With descriptions of various species—and helpful distinctions between species, families, and orders—the book gives readers a clear idea of which raptors might be seen in Minnesota, when, where, and how often. It also includes a hawk migration primer that explains the movements that bring these birds in such awe-inspiring numbers to places like Hawk Ridge. Filled with curious facts and practical information for expert and amateur bird-watchers alike, Hawk Ridge is a beautifully illustrated album of the most regal members of the avian kingdom.

LC 2012019219, ISBN 9780816681198 (c.)



Taylor, Marianne


224 pp., 8 7/20" x 11", 250+ color illustrations, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

November 2012

Cornell University Press

From tiny Pygmy Owls to familiar Barn Owls to the giant Eagle Owls, these fierce hunters of dawn, dusk and night have long held a fascination for people around the world. This informative book offers an engaging account of the natural history of owls. The first part of the book looks in detail at owl biology and behavior; the second part features species accounts for all 47 types of owls found in the northern hemisphere. Richly illustrated throughout with full-color photographs, this book is an indispensable resource for anyone fascinated by these magnificent birds.

LC 2012023191, ISBN 9780801451812 (c.)




Naughton, Donna

The Natural History of Canadian Mammals

872 pp., 8 1/2" x 11", 600 illustrations, $69.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2012

University of Toronto Press

This beautifully illustrated, up-to-date guide is full of fascinating facts about all 215 known species of Canadian mammals—from polar bears to killer whales. Detailed descriptions are provided of each mammal's appearance, habitat, and behavior, while colour maps show their full distribution across Canada, North America, and globally. With exquisite drawings and stunning photographs, The Natural History of Canadian Mammals is a perfect companion for students, animal lovers, and anyone wishing to gain a greater appreciation of Canada's natural wonders.

LC 2012474232, ISBN 9781442644830 (c.)




Laundr<0x00E9>, John W.

Phantoms of the Prairie: The Return of Cougars to the Midwest

208 pp., 6" x 9", 14 maps, 3 b&w photographs, $24.95 paper, CIP included

May 2012

The University of Wisconsin Press

Last seen in the 1880s, cougars (also known as pumas or mountain lions) are making a return to the plains regions of the Midwest. Their comeback, heralded by wildlife enthusiasts, has brought concern and questions to many regarding the possibility of having these large predators in our midst once more.

LC 2011043508, ISBN 9780299287542 (p.)



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