New Arrivals · Mathematics & Physics

May 21, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Planck : driven by vision, broken by war

May 20, 2015
Brown, Brandon R., author.
New York : Oxford University Press, [2015]
xviii, 258 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
October 1944 -- April 1943 -- Late May 1943 -- October 1943 -- January 1944 -- Winter 1943-1944 -- February 1944 -- April 1944 -- May 1944 -- July 1944: a celebration -- July 1944: an arrest -- August 1944 -- November 1944 -- January 1945 -- April 1945 -- May 1945 -- Coda: 1945-1947 -- Appendix.
Max Planck is credited with being the father of quantum theory, and his work laid the foundation for our modern understanding of matter and energetic processes. But Planck's story is not well known, especially in the United States. A German physicist working during the first half of the twentieth century, his library, personal journals, notebooks, and letters were all destroyed with his home in World War II. What remains, other than his contributions to science, are handwritten letters in German shorthand, and tributes from other scientists of the time, including his close friend Albert Einstein. Brown tells the story of Planck's friendship with the far more outspoken Albert Einstein, and shows how his work fits within the explosion of technology and science that occurred during his life. The story of a brilliant man living in a dangerous time, Brandon Brown gives Max Planck his rightful place in the history of science, and shows how war-torn Germany deeply impacted his life and work.

Einstein : his space and times

May 14, 2015
Gimbel, Steven, 1968- author.
ix, 191 pages ; 22 cm
The commonly held view of Albert Einstein is of an eccentric genius for whom the pursuit of science was everything. But in actuality, the brilliant innovator whose Theory of Relativity forever reshaped our understanding of time was a man of his times, always politically engaged and driven by strong moral principles. An avowed pacifist, Einstein's mistrust of authority and outspoken social and scientific views earned him death threats from Nazi sympathizers in the years preceding World War II. To him, science provided not only a means for understanding the behavior of the universe, but a foundation for considering the deeper questions of life and a way for the worldwide Jewish community to gain confidence and pride in itself. Steven Gimbel's biography presents Einstein in the context of the world he lived in, offering a fascinating portrait of a remarkable individual who remained actively engaged in international affairs throughout his life. This revealing work not only explains Einstein's theories in understandable terms, it demonstrates how they directly emerged from the realities of his times and helped create the world we live in today.

Genius in the shadows : a biography of Leo Szilard, the man behind the bomb

May 7, 2015
Lanouette, William, author.
xxv, 613 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrated ; 23 cm
"Introduction to the 2013 edition"--Page xiii.

How to bake π : an edible exploration of the mathematics of mathematics

May 6, 2015
Cheng, Eugenia, author.
288 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Math. What is math? ; Abstraction ; Principles ; Process ; Generalization ; Internal vs. external ; Axiomatization ; What mathematics is -- Category theory. What is category theory? ; Context ; Relationships ; Structure ; Sameness ; Universal properties ; What category theory is.

The man who stalked Einstein : how Nazi scientist Philipp Lenard changed the course of history

April 30, 2015
Hillman, Bruce J., author.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, [2015]
xvi, 212 pages ; 24 cm

Einstein's dice and Schrödinger's cat : how two great minds battled quantum randomness to create a unified theory of physics

April 22, 2015
Halpern, Paul, 1961- author.
x, 271 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Allies and adversaries -- The clockwork universe -- The crucible of gravity -- Matter waves and quantum jumps -- The quest for unification -- Spooky connections and zombie cats -- Luck of the Irish -- Physics by public relations -- The last waltz : Einstein's and Schrödinger's final years -- Beyond Einstein and Schrödinger : the ongoing search for unity.

Birth of a theorem : a mathematical adventure

April 13, 2015
Villani, Cédric, 1973-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
260 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"An intimate look inside a mathematician's mind as he wrestles with the theorem that will make his reputation"-- Provided by publisher.

Invisible : the dangerous allure of the unseen

April 13, 2015
Ball, Philip, 1962- author.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, [2015].
320 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Originally published by Bodley Head, 2013"--Title-page verso.
Why we disappear -- Occult forces -- Fear of obscurity -- Rays that bridge worlds -- Worlds without end -- All in the mind -- The people who can't be seen -- Vanishing point -- Bedazzled and confused -- Unseen at last?
If offered the chance--by cloak, spell or superpower--to be invisible, who wouldn't want to give it a try? We are drawn to the idea of stealthy voyeurism and the ability to conceal our own acts, but as desirable as it may seem, invisibility is also dangerous. It is not just an optical phenomenon, but a condition full of ethical questions. As esteemed science writer Philip Ball reveals in this book, the story of invisibility is not so much a matter of how it might be achieved but of why we want it and what we would do with it.

Taming the infinite : the story of mathematics

April 7, 2015
Stewart, Ian, 1945- author.
287 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Preface -- Tokens, tallies and tablets -- Logic of shape -- Notations and numbers -- Lure of the unknown -- Eternal triangles -- Curves and coordinates -- Patterns in numbers -- System of the world -- Patterns in nature -- Impossible quantities -- Firm foundations -- Impossible triangles -- Rise of symmetry -- Algebra comes of age -- Rubber sheet geometry -- Fourth dimension -- Shape of logic -- How likely is that? -- Number crunching -- Chaos and complexity -- Further reading -- Index.
Beginning with the first Babylonian number symbols and concluding with Fermat's Last Theorem and chaos theory, Steward provides a history of mathematics and answers fundamental questions.

Most wanted particle : the inside story of the hunt for the Higgs, the heart of the future of physics

March 24, 2015
Butterworth, Jon.
New York, NY : The Experiment, LLC, [2015]
xvi, 287 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"First published in the UK as Smashing physics by Headline Publishing Group, 2014"--Title-page verso.
Before the data -- Restart -- High energy -- Standard Model -- Rumours and limits -- First Higgs hints and some crazy neutrinos -- Closing in -- Discovery -- What next?
A leading member of the team at the Large Hadron Collider discusses his career in physics and his team's hunt for the elusive Higgs boson.

Sneaky math : a graphic primer with projects : ace the basics of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus with everyday things

February 3, 2015
Tymony, Cy, author.
viii, 179 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
Introduction -- Arithmetic -- Algebra -- Geometry/Trigonometry -- Pre-Calculus -- Going further with sneaky math -- Sneaky math reference material.

Half-life : the divided life of Bruno Pontecorvo, physicist or spy

January 30, 2015
Close, F. E.
New York, NY : Basic Books, c2015.
xix, 378 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

Life of Fred : linear algebra

January 27, 2015
Schmidt, Stanley F. (Stanley Fredric), 1944-
368 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
"(Expanded edition has all the answers)"--Cover.

Finding zero : a mathematician's odyssey to uncover the origins of numbers

January 19, 2015
Aczel, Amir D., author.
New York City : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
x, 242 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"The invention of numerals is perhaps the greatest abstraction the human mind has ever created. Virtually everything in our lives is digital, numerical, or quantified. The story of how and where we got these numerals, which we so depend on, has for thousands of years been shrouded in mystery. Finding Zero is an adventure filled saga of Amir Aczel's lifelong obsession: to find the original sources of our numerals. Aczel has doggedly crisscrossed the ancient world, scouring dusty, moldy texts, cross examining so-called scholars who offered wildly differing sets of facts, and ultimately penetrating deep into a Cambodian jungle to find a definitive proof. Here, he takes the reader along for the ride. The history begins with the early Babylonian cuneiform numbers, followed by the later Greek and Roman letter numerals. Then Aczel asks the key question: where do the numbers we use today, the so-called Hindu-Arabic numerals, come from? It is this search that leads him to explore uncharted territory, to go on a grand quest into India, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and ultimately into the wilds of Cambodia. There he is blown away to find the earliest zero--the keystone of our entire system of numbers--on a crumbling, vine-covered wall of a seventh-century temple adorned with eaten-away erotic sculptures. While on this odyssey, Aczel meets a host of fascinating characters: academics in search of truth, jungle trekkers looking for adventure, surprisingly honest politicians, shameless smugglers, and treacherous archaeological thieves--who finally reveal where our numbers come from. "-- Provided by publisher.

The cartoon guide to algebra

January 16, 2015
Gonick, Larry, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
vi, 233 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Alan Turing : the enigma : the book that inspired the film The Imitation Game

January 16, 2015
Hodges, Andrew.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2014].
xxxii, 736 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm
This edition with a new preface by the author.
"First published by Burnett Books Ltd in association with Hutchinson Publishing Group, 1983"--T.p. verso.
The logical. Esprit de Corps : to 13 February 1930 ; The spirit of truth : to 14 April 1936 ; New men : to 3 September 1939 ; The relay race : to 10 November 1942 -- Bridge passage : to 1 April 1943 -- The physical. Running up : to 2 September 1945 ; Mercury delayed : to 2 October 1948 ; The Greenwood tree : to 7 February 1952 ; On the beach : to 7 June 1954 -- Postscript.
A gripping story of mathematics, computers, cryptography, and homosexual persecution. Hodges tells how Turing's revolutionary idea of 1936-- the concept of a universal machine-- laid the foundation for the modern computer. Turing brought the idea to practical realization in 1945 with his electronic design. This work was directly related to Turing's leading role in breaking the German Enigma ciphers during World War II, a scientific triumph that was critical to Allied victory in the Atlantic. Despite his wartime service, Turing was eventually arrested, stripped of his security clearance, and forced to undergo a humiliating treatment program-- all for trying to live honestly in a society that defined homosexuality as a crime.

Big book of color : [an adventurous journey into the magical & marvelous world of color!]

January 9, 2015
Meissner, Stepahie.
Irivne, CA : Walter Foster Pub, 2015.
120 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm.
Subtitle from cover.

Things to make and do in the fourth dimension : a mathematician's journey through narcissistic numbers, optimal dating algorithms, at least two kinds of infinity, and more

December 10, 2014
Parker, Matt (Mathematician), author.
New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2014.
453 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Originally published: London : Particular Books, 2014.
The zeroth chapter -- Can you digit? -- Making shapes -- Be there and be square -- Shape shifting -- Shapes : now in ₃D -- Pack it up, pack it in -- Prime time -- Knot a problem -- Just for graphs -- The fourth dimension -- The algorithm method -- How to build a computer -- Number mash-ups -- Ridiculous shapes -- Higher dimensions -- Good data die hard -- ridiculous numbers -- To infinity and beyond -- The subsequent chapter -- The answers at the back of the book.
A mathematician and comedian offers games, puzzles, and hands-on activities to help those with a fear of math understand and enjoy the logical tools and abstract concepts of the subject normally only accessible at college-level study.

A brief history of string theory : from dual models to M-theory

November 18, 2014
Rickles, Dean, author.
Heidelberg ; New York : Springer, [2014]
xix, 251 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
History and mythology -- The (very) early years : 1959-1973: particle physics in the Sixties ; The Veneziano model ; The hadronic string ; Supersymmetric strings and field theoretic limits -- A decade of darkness : 1974-1984: an early demise? ; Theoretical exaptation in string theory ; Turning point(s) -- String theory becomes super : 1985-1995: Superstring theory and the real world ; A "second superstring revolution" and the future of string theory.

In the light of science : our ancient quest for knowledge and the measure of modern physics

November 18, 2014
Nicolaides, Demetris (Professor of Physics)
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2014.
266 pages ; 23 cm
From chaos to order. Plato's parable of the cave ; What is science? ; Urbanization ; The mythological era ; Religion and science ; The birth of science -- The pre-Socratics in light of modern physics. Close encounter of the tenth kind ; Thales and sameness ; Anaximander and the infinite ; Anaximenes and density ; Pythagoras and numbers ; Heraclitus and change ; Parmenides and oneness ; Zeno and motion ; Empedocles and elements ; Anaxagoras and nous ; Democritus and atoms.
"The birth of science in ancient Greece had a historical impact that is still being felt today. Physicist Demetris Nicolaides examines the epochal shift in thinking that led pre-Socratic philosophers of the sixth and fifth centuries BCE to abandon the prevailing mythologies of the age and, for the first time, to analyze the natural world in terms of impersonal, rationally understood principles. He argues that not only did their conceptual breakthroughs anticipate much of later science, but that scientists of the twenty-first century are still grappling with the fundamental problems raised twenty-five hundred years ago. Looking at the vast sweep of human history, the author delves into the factors that led to the birth of science: urbanization, the role of religion, and in Greece a progressive intellectual curiosity that was unafraid to question tradition. Why did the first scientific approach to understanding the world take place in Greece? The author makes a convincing case that, aside from factors of geography and politics, the power of the Greek language and a cultural proclivity for critical thinking played a large role. 'In the Light of Science' is a unique approach to the history of science revealing the important links between the ancient past and the present scientific endeavor to understand the universe"--From publisher's description.

Your atomic self : the invisible elements that connect you to everything else in the universe

November 13, 2014
Stager, Curt, author.
New York, N.Y. : Thomas Dunne Books, 2014.
xi, 306 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Your atomic self -- Fores of life -- the dance of the atoms -- Blood iron -- Carbon chains -- Tears from the Earth -- Life, death, and bread from the air -- Bones and stones -- Limits to growth -- Fleeting flesh -- Einstein's Adirondacks.
What do atoms have to do with your life? In Your Atomic Self , scientist Curt Stager reveals how they connect you to some of the most amazing things in the universe. You will follow your oxygen atoms through fire and water and from forests to your fingernails. Hydrogen atoms will wriggle into your hair and betray where you live and what you have been drinking. The carbon in your breath will become tree trunks, and the sodium in your tears will link you to long-dead oceans. The nitrogen in your muscles will help to turn the sky blue, the phosphorus in your bones will help to turn the coastal waters of North Carolina green, the calcium in your teeth will crush your food between atoms that were mined by mushrooms, and the iron in your blood will kill microbes as it once killed a star. You will also discover that much of what death must inevitably do to your body is already happening among many of your atoms at this very moment and that, nonetheless, you and everyone else you know will always exist somewhere in the fabric of the universe. You are not only made of atoms; you are atoms, and this book, in essence, is an atomic field guide to yourself.

The formula : how algorithms solve all our problems-- and create more

November 5, 2014
Dormehl, Luke, author.
New York : Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 2014.
278 pages ; 22 cm
In The Formula, Luke Dormehl takes readers inside the world of numbers, asking how we came to believe in the all-conquering power of algorithms; introducing the mathematicians, artificial intelligence experts and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who are shaping this brave new world, and ultimately asking how we survive in an era where numbers can sometimes seem to create as many problems as they solve.

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

October 17, 2014
Ball, Philip, 1962-
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2014.
ix, 303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
As conservatively as possible -- Physics must be rebuilt -- The beginning of something new -- Intellectual freedom is a thing of the past -- Service to science must be service to the nation -- There is very likely a Nordic science -- You obviously cannot swim against the tide -- "I have seen my death!" -- As a scientist or as a man -- Hitherto unknown destructive power -- Heisenberg was mostly silent -- We are what we pretend to be.

Count like an Egyptian : a hands-on introduction to ancient mathematics

October 17, 2014
Reimer, David, 1962- author.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2014]
xiii, 237 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Numbers -- Fractions -- Operations -- Simplification -- Techniques and strategies -- Miscellany -- Base-based mathematics -- Judgment day.

The quantum moment : how Planck, Bohr, Einstein, and Heisenberg taught us to love uncertainty

October 14, 2014
Crease, Robert P., author.
New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
viii, 332 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The Newtonian moment -- Interlude : The Grand Design -- A pixelated world -- Interlude : Max Planck introduces the quantum -- Quantum leaps -- Interlude : Niels Bohr uses quantum leaps to make atoms go -- Randomness -- Interlude : Albert Einstein shows how God plays dice -- The matter of identity : a quantum shoe that hasn't dropped -- Interlude : Wolfgang Pauli and the Exclusion Principle, Satyendra Bose, and bosons -- Sharks and tigers : schizophrenia -- Interlude : Erwin Schrödinger's map, Werner Heisenberg's map -- Uncertainty -- Interlude : The Uncertainty Principle -- Reality manufactured : cubism and complementarity -- Interlude : Complementarity, objectivity, and the double-slit experiment -- No dice! -- Interlude : John Bell and his theorem -- Schrödinger's cat -- Interlude : the border war -- Rabbit hole : the thirst for parallel worlds -- Interlude : multiverses -- Saving physics -- The now moment.
The authors-- one a philosopher, the other a physicist-- draw on their training and six years of co-teaching to dramatize the quantum's rocky path from scientific theory to public understanding while also exploring the quantum's manifestations in everything from art and sculpture to the prose of John Updike and David Foster Wallace.

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