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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God's philosophers: how the medieval world laid the foundations of modern science

By Hannam, James

Publishing Date: 2009

Classification: 500

Call Number: 509.02 HAN

God's Philosophers is a celebration of the forgotten scientific achievements of the Middle Ages - advances which were often made thanks to, rather than in spite of, the influence of Christianity and Islam. --from publisher description.

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How the hippies saved physics: science, counterculture, and the quantum revival

By Kaiser, David

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: 500

Call Number: 530.092 KAI

Describes how a quirky band of misfit science students at Berkeley in the 1970s altered the course of modern physics while studying quantum theory alongside Eastern mysticism and psychic mind reading while lounging in hot tubs and dabbling with LSD.

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Serving the Reich: the struggle for the soul of physics under Hitler

By Ball, Philip

Publishing Date: c2014

Classification: 500

Call Number: 530.0943 BAL

After World War II, most scientists in Germany maintained that they had been apolitical or actively resisted the Nazi regime, but the true story is much more complicated. In Serving the Reich, Philip Ball takes a fresh look at that controversial history, contrasting the career of Peter Debye, director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physics in Berlin, with those of two other leading physicists in Germany during the Third Reich: Max Planck, the elder statesman of physics after whom Germany´s premier scientific society is now named, and Werner Heisenberg, who succeeded Debye as director of the Institute when it became focused on the development of nuclear power and weapons.

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The age of entanglement: when quantum physics was reborn

By Gilder, Louisa

Publishing Date: 2008

Classification: 500

Call Number: 530.12 GIL

An exploration of the seemingly telepathic communication between two separated particles--one of the fundamental concepts of quantum physics. In 1935, Einstein showed that quantum mechanics predicted such a correlation, which he dubbed "spooky action at a distance." That same year, Erwin Schr©<?char 156 ?>dinger christened this correlation "entanglement." Yet its existence wasn't firmly established until 1964, in a groundbreaking paper by Irish physicist John Bell. What happened during those years and since to refine the understanding of this phenomenon is the story told here. Drawing on papers, letters, and memoirs, author Gilder humanizes and dramatizes the story by employing their own words in imagined face-to-face dialogues. We see Bohr and Einstein clashing, and Heisenberg and Pauli deciding which mysteries to pursue. We see Schr©<?char 156 ?>dinger and Louis de Broglie pave the way for Bell, whose work is here given a long-overdue revisiting. And we see Richard Feynman challenging his contemporaries to make something of this entanglement.--From publisher description.

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The infinity puzzle: quantum field theory and the hunt for an orderly universe

By Close, F. E.

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: 500

Call Number: 530.143 CLO

"Speculation is rife that by 2012 the elusive Higgs boson will be found at the Large Hadron Collider. If found, the Higgs boson would help explain why everything has mass. But there's more at stake-what we're really testing is our capacity to make the universe reasonable. Our best understanding of physics is predicated on something known as quantum field theory. Unfortunately, in its raw form, it doesn't make sense-its outputs are physically impossible infinite percentages when they should be something simpler, like the number 1. The kind of physics that the Higgs boson represents seeks to "renormalize" field theory, forcing equations to provide answers that match what we see in the real world. The Infinity Puzzle is the story of a wild idea on the road to acceptance. Only Close can tell it"--Provided by publisher.

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The life of a leaf

By Vogel, Steven

Publishing Date: [2012]

Classification: 500

Call Number: 575.57 VOG

In its essence, science is a way of looking at and thinking about the world. In The Life of a Leaf, Steven Vogel illuminates this approach, using the humble leaf as a model. Whether plant or person, every organism must contend with its immediate physical environment, a world that both limits what organisms can do and offers innumerable opportunities for evolving fascinating ways of challenging those limits. Here, Vogel explains these interactions, examining through the example of the leaf the extraordinary designs that enable life to adapt to its physical world. In Vogel’s account, the leaf serves as a biological everyman, an ordinary and ubiquitous living thing that nonetheless speaks volumes about our environment as well as its own. Thus in exploring the leaf’s world, Vogel simultaneously explores our own. - (Chicago Distribution Center)

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Cells to civilizations: principles of change that shape life

By Coen, Enrico

Publishing Date: ??2012

Classification: 500

Call Number: 576.8 COE

Coen describes the four ways that life, in the broadest term, is transformed: development through patterning, Darwinian selection, modifying neural interactions and connections, and cultural change as a result of human behavior and interaction; and argues that these four means of transformation are better understood not as separate processes, but as one common set of mechanisms for life's transformations.

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The book of barely imagined beings: a 21st century bestiary

By Henderson, Caspar

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: 500

Call Number: 591.68 HEN

In the spirit of medieval bestiaries, the author presents a series of bizarre creatures that are very much a part of the real world, including the honey badger, giant squid, axolotl, zebrafish, waterbear, yeti crab and many more.

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Relicts of a beautiful sea: survival, extinction, and conservation in a desert world

By Norment, Christopher

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 500

Call Number: 597.8 NOR

Relicts of a Beautiful Sea: Survival, Extinction, and Conservation in a Desert World.

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The backyard birdhouse book: building nestboxes and creating natural habitats

By Laubach, René

Publishing Date: c1998

Classification: 500

Call Number: 598.1564 LAU

It has been shown that backyard bird conservation has made a difference in certain bird populations. With this carefully researched, handsomely illustrated, and easy-to-use guide, both suburban and rural residents alike now have a compendium of information that will allow you to provide appropriate housing for cavity nesting birds in your area. Join that conservation effort and attract fascinating birds like bluebirds, wood ducks, purple martins, and American kestrels to your backyard.- (Workman Press.)

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The birder's handbook: a field guide to the natural history of North American birds : including all species that regularly breed north of Mexico

By Ehrlich, Paul R.

Publishing Date: c1988

Classification: 500

Call Number: 598.297 EHR

Identifies North American birds.

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