2016 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


507.110

Kober, Nancy, et al.

Reaching Students: What Research Says About Effective Instruction in Undergraduate Science and Engineering

256 pp., 8 1/4" x 10", $39.95 paper, $14.00 ebook, CIP included

January 2015

The National Academies Press

Reaching Students presents the best thinking to date on teaching and learning undergraduate science and engineering. Focusing on the disciplines of astronomy, biology, chemistry, engineering, geosciences, and physics, this book is an introduction to strategies to try in your classroom or institution. Concrete examples and case studies illustrate how experienced instructors and leaders have applied evidence-based approaches to address student needs, encouraged the use of effective techniques within a department or an institution, and addressed the challenges that arose along the way.

LC 2014958653, ISBN 9780309300438 (p.), ISBN 9780309300469 (e.)

AASL: O/P

RUSA/CODES: S


509

Gimbel, Steven

Einstein: His Space and Times

208 pp., 5 3/4" x 8 1/4", 1 b&w illustration, $25.00 cloth, $25.00 ebook, CIP included

April 2015

Yale University Press

This fascinating new biography presents Einstein as a politically engaged individual of his times, demonstrating how his theories and scientific innovations emerged as a direct result of his life, his principles, and the volatile times in which he lived. "With graceful lucidity, Gimbel illuminates the intensely personal challenges facing the great physicist."—Booklist

LC 2014958690, ISBN 9780300196719 (c.), ISBN 9780300213614 (e.)

AASL: G/HS

RUSA/CODES: O


510

Higham, Nicholas J., et al. (Editors)

The Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics

1016 pp., 8" x 10", 23 color illustrations, 20 halftones, 160 line illustrations, $99.50 cloth, $99.50 ebook, CIP included

August 2015

Princeton University Press

This is the most authoritative and accessible single-volume reference book on applied mathematics. Featuring numerous entries by leading experts and organized thematically, it introduces readers to applied mathematics and its uses; explains key concepts; describes important equations, laws, and functions; looks at exciting areas of research; covers modeling and simulation; explores areas of application; and more. "[An] impressive volume....It has been a major project that eventually resulted in this amazing product."—European Mathematical Society. "The treasures [in The Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics] go on and on."—SIAM Review

LC 2015013024, ISBN 9780691150390 (c.), ISBN 9781400874477 (e.)

AASL: O/HS, P

RUSA/CODES: S


523.112

Keeton, Charles

A Ray of Light in a Sea of Dark Matter

104 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 15 b&w images, $14.95 paper, $12.95 ebook, CIP included

October 2015

Rutgers University Press

What's in the dark? Countless generations have gazed up at the night sky and asked this question. A Ray of Light in a Sea of Dark Matter offers readers an accessible explanation of how astronomers probe dark matter. Readers quickly gain an understanding of what might be out there, how scientists arrive at their findings, and why this research is important to us. Engaging and insightful, Charles Keeton gives everyone an opportunity to be an active learner and listener in our ever-expanding universe.

LC 2014930070, ISBN 9780813565347 (p.), ISBN 9780813572123 (e.)

AASL: G/HS, P

RUSA/CODES: S


530.092

Calaprice, Alice, Daniel Kennefick, and Robert Schulmann

An Einstein Encyclopedia

376 pp., 7" x 10", 41 halftones, 2 line illustrations, 2 maps, $39.95 cloth, $39.95 ebook, CIP included

September 2015

Princeton University Press

"This is the most comprehensive book on Einstein published to coincide with the centenary of his general theory of relativity. Coauthored by Alice Calaprice, Daniel Kennefick, and Robert Schulman, three leading Einstein scholars, it covers the Nobel Prize winner's life (1879-1955) and work in detail, with entries on his influence on science and society. Photographs and illustrations—cartoons of the great inventor, for example, and scientific diagrams—enhance the presentation, which further offers meticulous documentation and carefully chronicles Einstein's academic output."—Library Journal

LC 2015008233, ISBN 9780691141749 (c.), ISBN 9781400873364 (e.)

AASL: O/HS

RUSA/CODES: G

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550-599 Earth and Life Science, Plants, Animals


550

Begun, David R.

The Real Planet of the Apes: A New Story of Human Origins

264 pp., 6" x 9", 16 color illustrations, 16 halftones, 11 line illustrations, 2 tables, 5 maps, $29.95 cloth, $29.95 ebook

October 2015

Princeton University Press

Presenting startling new insights about our fossil ape ancestors, The Real Planet of the Apes is a book that fundamentally alters our understanding of human origins. "The questions of where, when, and how our species evolved are fascinating."—Kirkus. "[The Real Planet of the Apes] is enthralling, making accessible an absolutely critical period of human evolution and scientific debates surrounding the interpretation of its evidence—including [Begun's] own controversial thesis."—New York Review of Books

LC 2015947083, ISBN 9780691149240 (c.), ISBN 9781400874279 (e.)

AASL: G/MS, HS

RUSA/CODES: S


550

Morton, Oliver

The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World

440 pp., 6" x 9", 1 halftone, $29.95 cloth, $29.95 ebook

October 2015

Princeton University Press

The Planet Remade explores the history, politics, and cutting-edge science of geoengineering. Morton weighs both the promise and perils of these controversial strategies and puts them in the broadest possible context. "[I]f you are going to read one book on climate engineering, it should be The Planet Remade....[The book] is as much an exploration of science and engineering as it is of people and attitudes."—Nature

LC 2015946728, ISBN 9780691148250 (c.), ISBN 9781400874453 (e.)

AASL: G/MS, HS

RUSA/CODES: S


550

Rockström, Johan and Mattias Klum

Big World, Small Planet: Abundance within Planetary Boundaries

208 pp., 5 7/8" x 8 1/4", 77 color illustrations, $27.50 cloth, $27.50 ebook, CIP included

September 2015

Yale University Press

In this extraordinary book, the authors combine the latest science with compelling storytelling and amazing photography to create a positive new narrative for humanity's future. "If you have time to read one book on this subject, I highly recommend...Big World, Small Planet."—New York Times

LC 2015429586, ISBN 9780300218367 (c.), ISBN 9780300219319 (e.)

AASL: G/HS

RUSA/CODES: G


551.210

Waitt, Richard

In the Path of Destruction: Eyewitness Chronicles of Mount St. Helens

384 pp., 7" x 10", illustrations, maps, notes, bibliography, index, $22.95 paper, CIP included

January 2015

Washington State University Press

"The air had no oxygen, like being trapped underwater...I was being cremated, the pain unbearable."—Jim Scymanky. Part of a U.S. Geological Survey team conducting volcano research in the Cascades, Richard Waitt's journey collecting hundreds of eyewitness accounts began with a conversation in a bar. The couple had barely outraced a searing ash cloud, and Waitt realized their experiences could inform geologic studies. A meticulous scientist with intimate knowledge of Mount St. Helens, Waitt recounts the eruption through unforgettable, riveting narratives—the heart of a detailed, accurate chronology that also delivers engrossing science, history, and journalism.

LC 2014019566, ISBN 9780874223231 (p.)

AASL: RS/HS

RUSA/CODES: G


560

Prothero, Donald R.

The Story of Life in 25 Fossils: Tales of Intrepid Fossil Hunters and the Wonders of Evolution

408 pp., 6" x 9", 150 b&w illustrations, $35.00 cloth, $34.99 ebook, CIP included

August 2015

Columbia University Press

"Engaging and accessible....Ideal for anyone interested in the origins of life on earth"—Library Journal. "[Prothero] pays attention not just to the fossils themselves but to the continuing quest to uncover and understand how life has been changing since it first came into existence on Earth."—Wall Street Journal

LC 2015003667, ISBN 9780231171908 (c.), ISBN 9780231539425 (e.)

RUSA/CODES: S


569.9

Shipman, Pat

The Invaders: How Humans and Their Dogs Drove Neanderthals to Extinction

288 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/4", 19 halftones, 4 line illustrations, 2 tables, $29.95 cloth, $29.95 ebook, CIP included

March 2015

Harvard University Press/Belknap Press

Humans domesticated dogs soon after Neanderthals began to disappear. This alliance between two predator species, Pat Shipman hypothesizes, made possible unprecedented success in hunting large Ice Age mammals—a distinct and ultimately decisive advantage for human invaders at a time when climate change made both humans and Neanderthals vulnerable.

LC 2014034978, ISBN 9780674736764 (c.), ISBN 9780674425408 (e.)

AASL: G/MS, HS

RUSA/CODES: S


576.84

Wignall, Paul B.

The Worst of Times: How Life on Earth Survived Eighty Million Years of Extinctions

224 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 16 color illustrations, 2 halftones, 11 line illustrations, $27.95 cloth, $27.95 ebook, CIP included

September 2015

Princeton University Press

"[Wignall] presents a sound examination of an 80-million-year span, which began nearly 260 million years ago, that is considered by scientists to have been the most extreme extinction event in the Earth's history....[A] great example of scientific sleuthing"—Publishers Weekly. "[An] excellent introduction to the latest thinking about this key period in Earth's history....Wignall's book is enthralling."—New Scientist. "In this scholarly but accessible analysis, geologist Wignall explores the perfect storm of cataclysms, plate tectonics and other forces that led to 'The Great Dying'—and the rebound of life in its aftermath."—Discover magazine.

LC 2015005727, ISBN 9780691142098 (c.), ISBN 9781400874248 (e.)

AASL: G/MS, HS

RUSA/CODES: S


577.309

Allred, Sylvester

Ponderosa: Big Pine of the Southwest

120 pp., 5" x 8 1/2", $12.95 paper, CIP included

February 2015

The University of Arizona Press

After spending almost three decades studying among ponderosa pine trees, Allred shares his experiences and observations in Ponderosa, an introduction to ponderosa pine forests. With color photographs and multidisciplinary explanations throughout, Allred invites readers to join him in his exploration of the forest.

LC 2014030798, ISBN 9780816531431 (p.)

RUSA/CODES: S


582.160

Zobrist, Kevin W.

Native Trees of Western Washington: A Photographic Guide

160 pp., 6" x 9", full color illustrations, maps, notes, bibliography, glossary, references, index, $18.95 paper, CIP included

January 2015

Washington State University Press

In Native Trees of Western Washington, Washington State University's Kevin Zobrist examines regional indigenous trees from a forestry specialist's unique perspective. He explains basic tree physiology and a key part of their ecology—forest stand dynamics. He groups distinctive varieties into sections, all lavishly illustrated with full-color photographs. The result is a delightful and enlightening exploration of regional timberlands.

LC 2014019565, ISBN 9780874223248 (p.)

AASL: RS/MS, HS

RUSA/CODES: S


591.68

Shapiro, Beth

How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science Of De-Extinction

240 pp., 6" x 9", 16 color illustrations, 2 halftones, 9 line illustrations, $24.95 cloth, $24.95 ebook, CIP included

March 2015

Princeton University Press

Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? The science says yes. In How to Clone a Mammoth, Beth Shapiro, evolutionary biologist and pioneer in "ancient DNA" research, walks readers through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction. From deciding which species should be restored, to sequencing their genomes, to anticipating how revived populations might be overseen in the wild, Shapiro vividly explores the extraordinary cutting-edge science that is being used—today—to resurrect the past. "[A] fascinating book....A great popular science title, and one that makes it clear that a future you may have imagined is already underway."—Library Journal

LC 2014049574, ISBN 9780691157054 (c.), ISBN 9781400865482 (e.)

AASL: G/HS

RUSA/CODES: S


595.799

Wilson, Joseph S. and Olivia J. Messinger Carril

The Bees in Your Backyard: A Guide to North America's Bees

288 pp., 8" x 10", 926 color photographs, 1 table, 99 maps, $29.95 paper, $29.95 ebook, CIP included

November 2015

Princeton University Press

The Bees in Your Backyard provides an engaging introduction to the roughly 4,000 different bee species found in the United States and Canada, dispelling common myths about bees while offering essential tips for telling them apart in the field. The book features more than 900 stunning color photos of the bees living all around us—in our gardens and parks, along nature trails, and in the wild spaces between....Ideal for amateur naturalists and experts alike, it gives detailed accounts of every bee family and genus in North America, describing key identification features, distributions, diets, nesting habits, and more. "The ultimate bee book for bee enthusiasts and experts alike."—Bookseller Buyer's Guide

LC 2015007075, ISBN 9780691160771 (p.), ISBN 9781400874156 (e.)

AASL: G/MS, HS


599.784

Seton, Ernest Thompson

(Edited by Jeremy M. Johnston and Charles R. Preston)

Wahb: The Biography of a Grizzly

240 pp., 5 1/4" x 8", 122 b&w illustrations, $19.95 paper, $19.95 ebook, CIP included

July 2015

University of Oklahoma Press

The life of a fictitious bear named Wahb who lived and died in the Greater Yellowstone region was first published in 1900. This new edition combines Ernest Thompson Seton's classic tale and original illustrations with historical and scientific context providing a thorough understanding of the setting, cultural connections, biology, and ecology.

LC 2014049537, ISBN 9780806150826 (p.), ISBN 9780806152325 (e.)

AASL: G/MS, HS


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