New Arrivals · Mathematics & Physics

July 11, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Calculus for dummies

July 10, 2014
Ryan, Mark (Mark Joseph) author.
Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., [2014]
xii, 370 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.

The luminous and the grey

June 20, 2014
Batchelor, David, 1955- author.
London : Reaktion Books, [2014].
110 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
The beginning and the end of colour -- The luminous and the grey -- The grey and the luminous.
Colour is a given of most people's everyday lives, but at the same time it lies at the limits of language and understanding. 'The Luminous and the Grey' is a study of the places where colour comes into being and where it fades away, an inquiry into when colour begins and when it ends, both in the material world and in the imagination. Batchelor draws on a wide range of material, including neuroscience, philosophy, literature, film and the writings of artists; and makes use of his own experience as an artist who has worked with colour for more than twenty years. After considering the place of colour in some creation myths, in industrial chemistry, in recent thinking on optics and in the specific forms of luminosity that saturate the modern city, the book culminates in a meditation on the unique colour that is also a non-colour, a mood, a feeling, an existential condition and even an insult: grey.--Publisher.

Zoom : how everything moves : from atoms and galaxies to blizzards and bees

June 19, 2014
Berman, Bob, author.
New York, NY : Little Brown and Company, 2014.
viii, 323 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Damage and escape -- Figuring out the motion picture. The growth of nothingness : journeys in an exploding universe ; Slow as molasses : how we learned to love lethargy ; Runaway poles : they're really shifting : are we toast? ; The man who only loved sand : and the curious phenomena of the Atacama Desert ; Down the drain : weird goings-on at the Equator, and the Frenchmen who died young ; Frozen : the unhurried riddles of snow and ice ; April's hidden mysteries : deciphering the secrets of spring -- The pace quickens. The gang that deciphered the wind : a desert dweller's airy spells last for a millennium, while two oddballs dodge the Inquisition ; Blown away : a fanatical mariner takes the world to the edge of violence ; Falling : enigmas of the most far-reaching force ; Rush hour for every body : revelations gained by looking within ; Brooks and breakers : Earth's greatest assets are liquid ; Invisible companions : the odd entities zooming through our bodies ; The stop-action murderer : and his battles with the ephemeral -- Barriers of light and sound : a thirty-century quest that began with thunder ; Meteor in the kitchen : and other peculiar end points ; Infinite speed : when light's velocity just won't get you there -- Sleepy village in an exploding universe : back where it all began -- Appendix 1. Table of selected natural speeds -- Appendix 2. A note on accuracy and choice of units.

Help your kids with math : a unique step-by-step visual guide.

June 19, 2014
264 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Numbers -- Geometry -- Trigonometry -- Algebra -- Statistics -- Probability.
Using a full-color illustrated approach, a guide to parental math tutoring looks at every aspect of the challenging subject, from simple sums to simultaneous equations, in a book with simple explanations and clear illustrations that parents can share with their children.

The grapes of math : how life reflects numbers and numbers reflect life

June 5, 2014
Bellos, Alex, 1969- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, [2014].
xiii, 337 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"From the bestselling author of Here's Looking at Euclid, a dazzling new book that turns even the most complex math into a brilliantly entertaining narrative. From triangles, rotations and power laws, to cones, curves and the dreaded calculus, Alex takes you on a journey of mathematical discovery with his signature wit and limitless enthusiasm. He sifts through over 30,000 survey submissions to uncover the world's favourite number, and meets a mathematician who looks for universes in his garage. He attends the World Mathematical Congress in India, and visits the engineer who designed the first roller-coaster loop. Get hooked on math as Alex delves deep into humankind's turbulent relationship with numbers, and reveals how they have shaped the world we live in"-- Provided by publisher.

How not to be wrong : the power of mathematical thinking

June 2, 2014
Ellenberg, Jordan, 1971- author.
New York : The Penguin Press, [2014].
468 pages ; 25 cm
When am I going to use this? -- Linearity -- Inference -- Expectation -- Regression -- Existence.
"In How Not to Be Wrong, Jordan Ellenberg shows us that math isn't confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real life, but rather touches everything we do--the whole world is shot through with it. Math allows us to see the hidden structures underneath the messy and chaotic surface of our world. It's a science of not being wrong, hammered out by centuries of hard work and argument. Armed with the tools of mathematics, we can see through to the true meaning of information we take for granted: How early should you get to the airport? What does "public opinion" really represent? Why do tall parents have shorter children? Who really won Florida in 2000? And how likely are you, really, to develop cancer? How Not to Be Wrong presents the surprising revelations behind all of these questions and many more, using the mathematician's method of analyzing life and exposing the hard-won insights of the academic community to the layman--minus the jargon. Ellenberg pulls from history as well as from the latest theoretical developments to provide those not trained in math with the knowledge they need. "-- Provided by publisher.

Physics for rock stars : making the laws of the universe work for you

June 2, 2014
McKinley, Christine (Mechanical engineer)
New York, New York : Penguin Group, 2014.
xvi, 248 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes index.
"A Perigee book."

The secret lives of numbers : the curious truth behind everyday digits

May 16, 2014
Millar, M. (Michael)
London : Virgin, 2012.
viii, 184 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.

Everyday calculus : discovering the hidden math all around us

May 14, 2014
Fernandez, Oscar E. (Oscar Edward)
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2014]
x, 150 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Wake up and smell the functions -- Breakfast at Newton's -- Driven by derivatives -- Connected by calculus -- Take a derivative and you'll feel better -- Adding things up, the calculus way -- Derivatives and integrals : the dream team -- Epilogue -- Appendices.

Math bytes : Google bombs, chocolate-covered pi, and other cool bits in computing

May 13, 2014
Chartier, Timothy P., 1969-
xi, 136 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Your first byte -- Deceiving arithmetic -- Two by two -- Infinite detail -- Plot the course -- Doodling into a labyrinth -- Obama-cize yourself -- Painting with M&Ms -- Distorting reality -- A pretty mathematical face -- March MATHness -- Ranking a googol of bits -- A byte to go -- Up to the challenge -- List of figures.

Algebra success in 20 minutes a day.

May 13, 2014
New York : LearningExpress, [2014]
xi, 207 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
"Completely revised and updated"--Cover.
Working with integers -- Working with algebraic expressions -- Combining like terms -- Solving basic equations -- Solving multistep equations -- Solving equations with variables on both sides of the equation -- Using formulas to solve equations -- Graphing linear equations -- Solving inequalities -- Graphing inequalities -- Graphing systems of linear equations and inequalities -- Solving systems of equations algebraically -- Working with exponents -- Multiplying polynomials -- Factoring polynomials -- Using factoring -- Solving quadratic equations -- Simplifying radicals -- Solving radical equations -- Using the quadratic formula.
This basic algebra review features both a pretest and posttest and hundreds of exercises.

Physics : an illustrated history of the foundations of science

April 17, 2014
Jackson, Tom, 1972- author.
New York : Shelter Harbor Press, [2013]
144 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm. + 1 fold-out timeline.
Includes A timeline history of physics in back pocket.
The dawn of science -- The scientific revolution -- From classical to modern physics -- The subatomic age -- Modern physics.

College algebra

April 15, 2014
Spiegel, Murray R., author.
xii, 388 pages : ill. ; 28 cm
Previous edition: 2006.
Includes index.
Fundamental operations with numbers -- Fundamental operations with algebraic expressions -- Properties of numbers -- Special products -- Factoring -- Fractions -- Exponents -- Radicals -- Simple operations with complex numbers -- Equations in general -- Ratio, proportion, and variation -- Functions and graphs -- Linear equations in one variable -- Equations of lines -- Simultaneous linear equations -- Quadratic equations in one variable -- Conic sections -- Systems of equations involving quadratics -- Inequalities -- Polynomial functions -- Rational functions -- Sequences and series -- Logarithms -- Applications of Logarithms and Exponents -- Permutations and combinations -- The binomial theorem -- Probability -- Determinants -- Matrices -- Mathematical induction -- Partial fractions.


April 15, 2014
Spiegel, Murray R.
New York : McGraw-Hill, c2014.
xix, 577 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
Includes index.
With 508 solved problems, this book includes: information on frequency distribution, elementary probability theory, elementary sampling theory, statistical decision theory, and analysis of variance; and concise explanation of all course concepts.

Infinitesimal : how a dangerous mathematical theory shaped the modern world

April 14, 2014
Alexander, Amir R., author.
New York : Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
352 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part I. The war against disorder: the Jesuits against the infinitely small. 1. The children of Ignatius ; 2. Mathematical order ; 3. Mathematical disorder ; 4. "Destroy or be destroyed": the war on the infinitely small ; 5. The battle of the mathematicians -- Part II. Leviathan and the infinitesimal. 6. The coming of Leviathan ; 7. Thomas Hobbes, geometer ; 8. Who was John Wallis? ; 9. Mathematics for a new world -- Epilogue: two modernities.
"The epic battle over a mathematical concept that shook the old order and shaped the world as we know it. On August 10, 1632, five leaders of the Society of Jesus convened in a somber Roman palazzo to pass judgment on a simple idea: that a continuous line is composed of distinct and limitlessly tiny parts. The doctrine would become the foundation of calculus, but on that fateful day the judges ruled that it was forbidden. With the stroke of a pen they set off a war for the soul of the modern world. Amir Alexander's Infinitesimal is the story of the struggle that pitted Europe's entrenched powers against voices for tolerance and change. It takes us from the bloody religious strife of the sixteenth century to the battlefields of the English civil war and the fierce confrontations between leading thinkers like Galileo and Hobbes. We see how a small mathematical disagreement became a contest over the nature of the heavens and the earth: Was the world entirely known and ruled by a divinely sanctioned rationality and hierarchy? Or was it a vast and mysterious place, ripe for exploration? The legitimacy of popes and kings, as well as our modern beliefs in human liberty and progressive science, hung in the balance; the answer hinged on the infinitesimal. Pulsing with drama and excitement, Infinitesimal will forever change the way you look at a simple line--and celebrates the spirit of discovery, innovation, and intellectual achievement"-- Provided by publisher.

Enlightening symbols : a short history of mathematical notation and its hidden powers

April 2, 2014
Mazur, Joseph.
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2014]
xxiii, 285 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Numerals. Curious beginnings ; Certain ancient number systems ; Silk and Royal roads ; The Indian gift ; Arrival in Europe ; The Arab gift ; Liber abbaci ; Refuting origins -- Algebra. Sans symbols ; Diophantus's Arithmetica ; The great art ; Symbol infancy ; The timid symbol ; Hierarchies of dignity ; Vowels and consonants ; The explosion ; A catalogue of symbols ; The symbol master ; The last of the magicians -- The power of symbols. Rendezvous in the mind ; The good symbol ; Invisible gorillas ; Mental pictures -- Appendix A. Leibniz's notation -- Appendix B. Newton's fluxion of x [superscript n] -- Appendix C. Experiment -- Appendix D/ Visualizing complex numbers -- Appendix E. Quaternions.

A force of nature : the frontier genius of Ernest Rutherford

April 1, 2014
Reeves, Richard, 1936-
New York : W. W. Norton & Co., c2008.
207 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 21 cm.
"Born in colonial New Zealand, fifteen mountain miles away from the nearest town, Ernest Rutherford grew up on the frontier - a different world from Cambridge, to which he won a scholarship at the age of twenty-four. His work overseas revolutionized modern physics. Among his discoveries were the orbital structure of the atom and the concept of the "half-life" of radioactive materials, which led to a massive reevaluation of the age of the Earth, previously judged to be just 100 million years old. Rutherford and the young men working under him were the first to split the atom, unlocking tremendous forces - forces, as Rutherford himself predicted, that would bring us the atomic bomb." "Rutherford, awarded a Nobel Prize and made Baron Rutherford by the Queen, was also a great humanist and teacher, coming to the aid of colleagues caught in the Nazi and Soviet regimes. Under his rigorous and boisterous direction, a new generation of remarkable physicists emerged from the famous Cavendish Laboratory. In Richard Reeves's hands, Rutherford comes alive, a ruddy, genial man and a pivotal figure in scientific history."--BOOK JACKET.

The age of radiance : the epic rise and dramatic fall of the Atomic Era

March 27, 2014
Nelson, Craig, 1955- author.
New York, NY : Scribner, 2014.
437 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
The old world. Radiation : what's in it for me? ; The astonished owner of a new and mysterious power ; Rome : November 10, 1938 ; The mysteries of Budapest -- The new world. The birth of radiance ; The secret of all secrets ; The first cry of a newborn world ; My God, what have we done? -- World's end. How do you keep a cold war cold? ; A totally different scheme, and it will change the course of history ; The origins of modern swimwear ; The delicate balance of terror -- Power and cataclysm. Too cheap to meter ; There fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp ; Hitting a bullet with a bullet ; On the shores of Fortunate Island ; Under the thrall of a two-faced god.
"A riveting narrative of the Atomic Age--from x-rays and Marie Curie to the Nevada Test Site and the 2011 meltdown in Japan--written by the prizewinning and bestselling author of Rocket Men. Radiation is a complex and paradoxical concept: staggering amounts of energy flow from seemingly inert rock and that energy is both useful and dangerous. While nuclear energy affects our everyday lives--from nuclear medicine and food irradiation to microwave technology--its invisible rays trigger biological damage, birth defects, and cellular mayhem. Written with a biographer's passion, Craig Nelson unlocks one of the great mysteries of the universe in a work that is both tragic and triumphant. From the end of the nineteenth century through the use of the atomic bomb in World War II to the twenty-first century's confrontation with the dangers of nuclear power, Nelson illuminates a pageant of fascinating historical figures: Enrico Fermi, Marie and Pierre Curie, Albert Einstein, FDR, Robert Oppenheimer, and Ronald Reagan, among others. He reveals many little-known details, including how Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler transformed America from a country that created light bulbs and telephones into one that split atoms; how the most grotesque weapon ever invented could realize Alfred Nobel's lifelong dream of global peace; how emergency workers and low-level utility employees fought to contain a run-amok nuclear reactor, while wondering if they would live or die. Brilliantly fascinating and remarkably accessible, The Age of Radiance traces mankind's complicated and difficult relationship with the dangerous power it discovered and made part of civilization"-- Provided by publisher.

Calculus II for dummies

March 13, 2014
Zegarelli, Mark.
Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, 2012.
xiv, 368 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
Introduction to integration -- Indefinite integrals -- Intermediate integration topics -- Infinite series -- Advanced topics -- The part of tens.
An easy-to-understand primer on advanced calculus topics Calculus II is a prerequisite for many popular college majors, including pre-med, engineering, and physics. Calculus II For Dummies offers expert instruction, advice, and tips to help second semester calculus students get a handle on the subject and ace their exams. It covers intermediate calculus topics in plain English, featuring in-depth coverage of integration, including substitution, integration techniques and when to use them, approximate integration, and improper integrals. This hands-on guide also covers sequences and series, with introductions to multivariable calculus, differential equations, and numerical analysis. Best of all, it includes practical exercises designed to simplify and enhance understanding of this complex subject. --From publisher description.

Trespassing on Einstein's lawn : a father, a daughter, the meaning of nothing, and the beginning of everything

March 11, 2014
Gefter, Amanda.
418 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
A spirited personal account of a father and daughter's quest for answers to some of the universe's biggest questions, written by a consultant for New Scientist magazine and the founder of the CultureLab blog, starts with the author's attempt to sneak into a conference attended by the planet's greatest scientific thinkers.

Trigonometry for dummies

March 10, 2014
Sterling, Mary Jane, author.
Hoboken : John Wiley & Sons, [2014].
xii, 368 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Previous edition: 2005.
Includes index.

Basic math & pre-algebra for dummies

March 3, 2014
Zegarelli, Mark.
Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, c2014.
xii, 366 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Previous ed.: 2007.
"A Wiley brand."

What is relativity? : an intuitive introduction to Einstein's ideas, and why they matter

February 27, 2014
Bennett, Jeffrey O.
New York : Columbia University Press, [2014]
viii, 192 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Getting started -- Voyage to a black hole -- Einstein's special theory of relativity -- Racing light -- Redefining space and time -- A new common sense -- Einstein's general theory of relativity -- Newton's absurdity -- Redefining gravity -- Implications of relativity -- Black holes -- The expanding universe -- Epilogue : your indelible mark on the universe.

Quantum mechanics : the theoretical minimum

February 21, 2014
Susskind, Leonard.
New York : Basic Books, 2014
xx, 365 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Systems and experiments -- Quantum states -- Principles of quantum mechanics -- Time and change -- Uncertainty and time dependence -- Combining systems: entanglement -- More on entanglement -- Particles and waves -- Partical dynamics -- The harmonic oscillator.

Wizards, aliens, and starships : physics and math in fantasy and science fiction

February 13, 2014
Adler, Charles L.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014.
xi, 378 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Playing the Game -- I. Potter Physics -- Harry Potter and the Great Conservation Laws -- Why Hogwarts is So Dark -- Fantastic Beasts and How to Disprove Them -- II. Space Travel -- Why Computers Get Better and Cars Can't (Much) -- Vacations in Space -- Space Colonies -- The Space Elevator -- Manned Interplanetary Travel -- Advanced Propulsion Systems -- Speculative Propulsion Systems -- Interstellar Travel and Relativity -- Faster Than Light Travel and Time Travel -- III. Worlds and Aliens -- Designing a Habitable Planet -- The Scientific Search for Spock -- The Mathematics of Talking with Aliens -- IV. Year Googol -- The Short-term Survival of Humanity -- World-Building -- Dyson Spheres and Ringworlds -- Advanced Civilizations and the Kardashev Scale -- A Googol Years.
"From teleportation and space elevators to alien contact and interstellar travel, science fiction and fantasy writers have come up with some brilliant and innovative ideas. Yet how plausible are these ideas--for instance, could Mr. Weasley's flying car in Harry Potter really exist? Which concepts might actually happen--and which ones wouldn't work at all? Wizards, Aliens, and Starships delves into the most extraordinary details in science fiction and fantasy--such as time warps, shape changing, rocket launches, and illumination by floating candle--and shows readers the physics and math behind the phenomena. With simple mathematical models, and in most cases using no more than high school algebra, Charles Adler ranges across a plethora of remarkable imaginings, from the works of Ursula K. Le Guin to Star Trek and Avatar, to explore what might become reality. Adler explains why fantasy in the Harry Potter and Dresden Files novels cannot adhere strictly to scientific laws, and when magic might make scientific sense in the muggle world. He examines space travel and wonders why it isn't cheaper and more common today. Adler also discusses exoplanets and how the search for alien life has shifted from radio communications to space-based telescopes. He concludes by investigating the future survival of humanity and other intelligent races. Throughout, he cites an abundance of science fiction and fantasy authors, and includes concise descriptions of stories as well as a glossary of science terms. Wizards, Aliens, and Starships will speak to anyone wanting to know about the correct--and incorrect--science of science fiction and fantasy"-- Provided by publisher.

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