2017 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


507.117

Bauer, Justin L., et al.

What Every Science Student Should Know

256 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 4 halftones, 6 tables, $75.00 cloth, $22.50 paper, $18.00 ebook, CIP included

May 2016

The University of Chicago Press

What Every Science Student Should Know is a personal mentor for any aspiring scientist. Chapters cover the entire college experience, including choosing a major, mastering study skills, doing scientific research, finding a job, and, most important, how to foster and keep a love of science. This guide is a distillation of the authors' own experiences as recent science graduates, combined with research and interviews with successful scientists as well as other students. All have weathered the ups and downs of undergrad life—and all are still pursuing STEM careers. Forthright and empowering, this book is brimming with insider advice on how to excel as both a student and a scientist.

LC 2015041270, ISBN 9780226198743 (c.), ISBN 9780226198880 (p.), ISBN 9780226198910 (e.)

AASL: O, G, S/HS, P

RUSA/CODES: G


508.2

Harris, John R.

Returning North with the Spring

232 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 22 b&w photographs, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2016

University Press of Florida

In 1947, naturalist Edwin Way Teale journeyed an amazing 17,000 miles from the Everglades to Maine. Retracing Teale's route today, writer John Harris reveals a vastly changed natural world. In Returning North with the Spring, he stops at the very places where Teale once stood, paddling through Everglades National Park, the Okefenokee wildlife refuge, the Great Dismal Swamp, and trekking across the Great Smoky Mountains, the New Jersey Pine Barrens, and Cape Cod. Homage to the past, report on the present, glimpse into the future—this book honors what has been lost in the years since Teale's famous journey and finds hope in the small tenacities of nature.

LC 2015952110, ISBN 9780813062747 (c.)

AASL: RS, S/HS

RUSA/CODES: S


520

Squeri, Lawrence

Waiting for Contact: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

248 pp., 6" x 9", $26.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2016

University Press of Florida

Waiting for Contact tells the story of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) movement, which emerged in 1959 as astronomers began using radio telescopes to listen for messages from space. Lawrence Squeri looks at the people, reasons, goals, and mindsets behind SETI. He shows how it started as an expression of the times, a way out of Cold War angst with hope for a better world. Boosted by support from Frank Drake, Philip Morrison, Carl Sagan, and the genre of science fiction, the SETI movement gained followers and continues to capture imaginations today.

LC 2016950163, ISBN 9780813062143 (c.)

AASL: S/HS

RUSA/CODES: G


530.1

Penrose, Roger

Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe

520 pp., 6" x 9", 186 line illustrations, $29.95 cloth, $17.95 paper, $29.95 ebook

August 2016

Princeton University Press

"[Penrose's] insistence on finding clever experimental tests for novel theories is the only way physics will break free from its deadlock."—Wall Street Journal. "This gem of a book is vintage Roger Penrose: eloquently argued and deeply original on every page. His perspective on the present crisis and future promise of physics and cosmology provides an important corrective to fashionable thinking at this crucial moment in science. This book deserves the widest possible hearing among specialists and the public alike."—Lee Smolin, author of Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe

LC 2012931844, ISBN 9780691119793 (c.), ISBN 9780691178530 (p.), ISBN 9781400880287 (e.)

AASL: S/HS

RUSA/CODES: O

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550-599 Earth and Life Science, Plants, Animals


550

Black, Maggie

The Atlas of Water: Mapping the World's Most Critical Resource

Third Edition

128 pp., 7 1/2" x 9 3/5", 60 maps, 5 tables, $24.95 paper, $24.95 ebook, CIP included

September 2016

University of California Press

Climate change, population increase, and the demands made by urban lifestyles and western diets threaten the world's supply of freshwater, edging us closer to a global water crisis, with dire implications for agriculture, the economy, the environment, and human health. Completely revised and updated, The Atlas of Water addresses all the pressing issues concerning the state of water today, from water shortages and excessive demand, to dams, pollution, and privatization, all considered in terms of the growing threat of an increasingly unpredictable climate. It also outlines critical tools for managing, safely accessing, and preserving the future of the world's water supply.

LC 2016935699, ISBN 9780520292031 (p.), ISBN 9780520965607 (e.)

RUSA/CODES: G


550

Li, Judith L.

Ricky's Atlas: Mapping a Land on Fire

128 pp., 7" x 9 1/2", 18 2-page full color illustrations, over 30 pen and ink line drawings, $17.95 paper, CIP included

May 2016

Oregon State University Press

In this sequel to Ellie's Log, Ricky Zamora brings his love of map-making and his boundless curiosity to the arid landscapes east of the Cascade Mountains. He arrives during a wild thunderstorm, and watches his family and their neighbors scramble to deal with a wildfire sparked by lightning. Joined by his friend Ellie, he sees how plants, animals, and people adjust to life with wildfires. Color pen-and-ink drawings accompany the text and vividly illustrate plants, animals, and events encountered in this exciting summer adventure. Upper elementary kids will enjoy the mixture of amazing adventures with actual historical, physical, and ecological data about the region.

LC 2015039873, 9780870718427 (p.)

RUSA/CODES: S


550

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, et al. (Editors)

Attribution of Extreme Weather Events in the Context of Climate Change

186 pp., 7" x 10", $79.00 paper, $64.99 ebook, CIP included

July 2016

The National Academies Press

As climate has warmed over recent years, a new pattern of more frequent and more intense weather events has unfolded across the globe. Event attribution can answer questions about how much climate change influenced the probability or intensity of a specific type of weather event. As event attribution capabilities improve, they could help inform choices about assessing and managing risk, and in guiding climate adaptation strategies. Attribution of Extreme Weather Events in the Context of Climate Change examines the current state of science of extreme weather attribution, and identifies ways to move the science forward to improve attribution capabilities.

LC 2016946880, ISBN 9780309380942 (p.), ISBN 9780309380973 (e.)

AASL: S/HS, P

RUSA/CODES: S


552.5

Pilkey, Charles O. and Orrin H. Pilkey

Lessons from the Sand: Family-Friendly Science Activities You Can Do on a Carolina Beach

240 pp., 7" x 9", 212 color illustrations, 39 figures, 6 maps, 14 tables, bibliography, index, $19.00 paper, $18.99 ebook, CIP included

April 2016

The University of North Carolina Press

Ever wonder where sand comes from? Or why shells are colored differently? Or how to estimate the size of a wave? Featuring more than forty fun hands-on activities for families with children, Lessons from the Sand reveals the science behind the amazing natural wonders found on the beaches of North Carolina and South Carolina. Easy-to-do experiments will help parents and kids discover the ways water, wind, sand, plants, animals, and people interact to shape the constantly changing beaches we love to visit.

LC 2015040682, ISBN 9781469627373 (p.), ISBN 9781469627380 (e.)

AASL: RG/MS

RUSA/CODES: RG


567.9

Paul, Gregory S.

The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs

Second Edition

360 pp., 8 1/2" x 11", 156 color illustrations, 8 color maps, $35.00 cloth, $35.00 ebook, CIP included

September 2016

Princeton University Press

"You'll never need to decide whether that massive beast lumbering through your front yard is Chasmosaurus belli or C. sternbergi, but if you did, this would be a handy book to have on your windowsill....[A]s dinosaur guidebooks go, this is as carefully assembled and authoritative as they come."—Natural History

LC 2016933929, ISBN 9780691167664 (c.), ISBN 9781400883141 (e.)

AASL: G/HS

RUSA/CODES: G


569.223

Prothero, Donald R.

(With illustrations by Mary Persis Williams)

The Princeton Field Guide to Prehistoric Mammals

240 pp., 8 1/2" x 11", 303 color and b&w illustrations, $35.00 cloth, $35.00 ebook, CIP included

November 2016

Princeton University Press

"With a focus on the 66 million years since the end-Cretaceous extinction stripped away all dinosaurs but birds, Mr. Prothero's book ably demonstrates that mammalian evolution has been just as circuitous and strange as that of the terrible lizards....[This book shows] the unexpected variety that life is capable of and raise[s] the question of what the next 235 million years will bring."—Wall Street Journal

LC 2016946980, ISBN 9780691156828 (c.), ISBN 9781400884452 (e.)

AASL: G/HS

RUSA/CODES: G


570

Carroll, Sean B.

The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters

280 pp., 6" x 9", 26 halftones, 18 line illustrations, 1 map, $24.95 cloth, $16.95 paper, $16.95 ebook, CIP included

February 2016

Princeton University Press

"In this remarkably engaging book, Carroll...persuasively argues that life at all levels of complexity is self-regulated, from the inner workings of cells to the larger relationships governing the Serengeti ecosystem....Carroll superbly animates biological principles while providing important insights."—Publishers Weekly

LC 2015038116, ISBN 9780691167428 (c.), ISBN 9780691175683 (p.), ISBN 9781400885541 (e.)

AASL: G/HS

RUSA/CODES: G


577.709

Ulanski, Stan

The California Current: A Pacific Ecosystem and Its Fliers, Divers, and Swimmers

256 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/4", 26 halftones, 3 figures, 3 maps, 2 tables, bibliography, index, $30.00 cloth, $29.99 ebook, CIP included

April 2016

The University of North Carolina Press

The California Current—part of the large, swirling North Pacific gyre—flows slowly southward along the west coast of North America, stretching nearly 2,000 miles from southern British Columbia to the tip of Baja California in Mexico. To a casual observer standing on the shore, the vast current betrays no discernible signs, yet life abounds just over the horizon. Stan Ulanski takes us into the water on a journey through this magnificent, unique marine ecosystem, illuminating the scientific and biological marvels and the astonishing array of flora and fauna streaming along our Pacific coast.

LC 2015038635, ISBN 9781469628240 (c.), ISBN 9781469628257 (e.)

AASL: RG/HS, P

RUSA/CODES: RG


579.2

Roossinck, Marilyn J.

(With a foreword by Carl Zimmer)

Virus: An Illustrated Guide to 101 Incredible Microbes

272 pp., 6 1/2" x 9 1/2", 350 color illustrations, $35.00 cloth, $35.00 ebook, CIP included

August 2016

Princeton University Press

"[A] stunning explication of 101 viruses that infect everything from humans to archaea. Along with basics on life cycles, transmission and more, Roossinck offers succinct descriptions, schematic drawings and a gallery of electron-microscopy images."—Nature

LC 2016931621, ISBN 9780691166964 (c.), ISBN 9781400883257 (e.)

AASL: G/HS

RUSA/CODES: G


595.764

Lewis, Sara

Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies

240 pp., 8" x 10", 50 color illustrations, 5 halftones, 3 line illustrations, $29.95 cloth, $29.95 ebook, CIP included

April 2016

Princeton University Press

"Over millennia, fireflies have followed widely varied evolutionary paths. In fact, nearly 2,000 species of fireflies have been discovered globally. This level of complexity might present a serious narrative challenge for some, but Tufts University biologist Sara Lewis's fascination with these insects is captivating and infectious."—American Scientist

LC 2015037057, ISBN 9780691162683 (c.), ISBN 9781400880317 (e.)

AASL: G/HS

RUSA/CODES: G


595.799

Seeley, Thomas D.

Following the Wild Bees: The Craft and Science of Bee Hunting

184 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 50 color illustrations, 5 halftones, 1 line illustration, $22.95 cloth, $22.95 ebook, CIP included

April 2016

Princeton University Press

"Seeley's passion for the social insects blazes as he quotes historical accounts by Henry David Thoreau and describes the intricacies of the chase, from baiting with anise-scented sugar syrup to patiently amassing location data."—Nature

LC 2015038694, ISBN 9780691170268 (c.), ISBN 9781400880331 (e.)

AASL: G/HS

RUSA/CODES: O


599.168

Grayson, Donald K.

Giant Sloths and Sabertooth Cats: Extinct Mammals and the Archaeology of the Ice Age Great Basin

320 pp., 7" x 10", 74 illustrations, 55 maps, $24.95 paper, $20.00 ebook, CIP included

April 2016

The University of Utah Press

Giant Sloths and Sabertooth Cats is a fascinating study of the extinct Ice Age animals found in North America's Great Basin.

LC 2015033646, ISBN 9781607814696 (p.), ISBN 9781607814702 (e.)

AASL: G/HS

RUSA/CODES: S


599.949

Offutt, Jason

Ella Ewing: The Missouri Giantess

48 pp., 7" x 10", $27.00 cloth, CIP included

June 2016

Truman State University Press

In many ways, Ella Kate Ewing was an ordinary girl except she was extraordinarily tall. She toured the country as The Missouri Giantess, exhibiting at museums and fairs and appearing in the Barnum & Bailey Circus, Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, the Ringling Brothers Circus, and two World's Fairs.

LC 2016007412, ISBN 9781612481722 (c.)

AASL: RS/MS, HS


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