Inyo County Free Library - New Acquisitions

These are books and media new to the library and cataloged by the Inyo County Free Library.

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The math book: from Pythagoras to the 57th dimension, 250 milestones in the history of mathematics

By Pickover, Clifford A.

Publishing Date: c2009

Classification: 500

Call Number: 510.9 PIC

Beginning millions of years ago with ancient "ant odometers" and moving through time to our modern-day quest for new dimensions, it covers 250 milestones in mathematical history. --from publisher description.

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Gravity's engines: how bubble-blowing black holes rule galaxies, stars, and life in the cosmos

By Scharf, Caleb A.

Publishing Date: 2012

Classification: 500

Call Number: 523.8875 SCH

"We've long understood black holes to be the points at which the universe as we know it comes to an end. Often billions of times more massive than the Sun, they lurk in the inner sanctum of almost every galaxy of stars in the universe. They're mysterious chasms so destructive and unforgiving that not even light can escape their deadly wrath. Recent research, however, has led to a cascade of new discoveries that have revealed an entirely different side to black holes. As the astrophysicist Caleb Scharf reveals in Gravity's Engines, these chasms in space-time don't just vacuum up everything that comes near them; they also spit out huge beams and clouds of matter. Black holes blow bubbles. With clarity and keen intellect, Scharf masterfully explains how these bubbles profoundly rearrange the cosmos around them. Engaging with our deepest questions about the universe, he takes us on an intimate journey through the endlessly colorful place we call our galaxy and reminds us that the Milky Way sits in a special place in the cosmic zoo--a "sweet spot" of properties. Is it coincidental that we find ourselves here at this place and time? Could there be a deeper connection between the nature of black holes and their role in the universe and the phenomenon of life? We are, after all, made of the stuff of stars"--Provided by publisher.

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Einstein's clocks, Poincaré's maps: empires of time

By Galison, Peter Louis

Publishing Date: c2003

Classification: 500

Call Number: 529 GAL

A dramatic new account of the parallel quests to harness time that culminated in the revolutionary science of relativity, Einstein's Clocks, Poincare´'s Maps is "part history, part science, part adventure, part biography, part meditation on the meaning of modernity....In Galison's telling of science, the meters and wires and epoxy and solder come alive as characters, along with physicists, engineers, technicians and others....Galison has unearthed fascinating material" (New York Times).

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The physics book: from the big bang to quantum resurrection, 250 milestones in the history of physics

By Pickover, Clifford A.

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: 500

Call Number: 530.09 PIC

Following the hugely successful The Science Book and The Math Book comes a richly illustrated chronology of physics, containing 250 short, entertaining, and thought-provoking entries. In addition to exploring such engaging topics as dark energy, parallel universes, the Doppler effect, the God particle, and Maxwell's demon, the book's timeline extends back billions of years to the hypothetical Big Bang and forward trillions of years to a time of "quantum resurrection." Like the previous titles in this series, The Physics Book helps readers gain an understanding of major concepts without getting bogged down in complex details. --- Book Description.

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The hidden reality: parallel universes and the deep laws of the cosmos

By Greene, B.

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: 500

Call Number: 530.12 GRE

"The Hidden Reality" reveals how major developments in different branches of fundamental theoretical physics -- relativistic, quantum, cosmological, unified, computational -- have all led us to consider one or another variety of parallel universe.

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Drawn from nature: the botanical art of Joseph Prestele and his sons

By Van Ravenswaay, Charles

Publishing Date: 1984

Classification: 500

Call Number: 580.22 VAN

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Deadly kingdom: the book of dangerous animals

By Grice, Gordon

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 500

Call Number: 591.65 GRI

Describes the author's life-long obsession with dangerous animals that prompted his amateur studies with virtually all dangerous creatures, from sharks and bears to alligators and spiders.

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