New Arrivals · Mathematics & Physics

September 19, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The Large Hadron Collider : the extraordinary story of the Higgs boson and other stuff that will blow your mind

September 18, 2014
Lincoln, Don, author.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2014].
xii, 223 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Beginnings and building blocks -- Stuff we know -- Accelerators and the LHC -- Incredible detectors -- Teething pains and triumphs -- The dramatic Higgs saga -- Looking for something new -- The future is bright!

Geometry : tutorial and practice problems

September 16, 2014
Bhatt, Sonal, author.
xi, 339 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
The foundations of geometry. The basics of geometry ; Angles ; Segment and angle addition ; Introduction to coordinate geometry -- Reasoning and proof. Inductive vs. deductive reasoning ; Creating two-column proofs ; Parallel and perpendicular lines -- Triangles. Introducing triangles ; Right triangles and trigonometry ; Congruent triangles -- Two-dimensional figures. Polygons ; Special quadrilaterals ; Similar figures -- Three-dimensional figures. Solid geometry ; Measuring solid figures-- Circles. Properties of circles ; Circle circumference and area -- Coordinate geometry. A deeper look at coordinate geometry ; Transformations -- Practice problems.
Covering everything a student would encounter in a high school or college course, Idiot's Guides: Geometry explains concepts in the easiest possible manner. Content includes everything from the basics of geometry; reasoning and proof; triangles; quadrilaterals; area and volume; similarity, perpendicular and parallel lines; and much more. This all-new book integrates a practice problems section to reinforce lessons. In addition, a glossary of geometry terms, postulates, and theorems provides a quick reference to need-to-know information.

Geometry success in 20 minutes a day.

September 10, 2014
New York : LearningExpress
volumes : illustrated ; 28 cm.
Provides a thorough course in geometry skills designed to fit into any busy schedule. Each step takes just 20 minutes a day and features pre-test and post-test to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses and measure progress. Includes hundreds of exercises in test format on the basics of geometry and additional resources and tips for preparing for standardized tests.

Basic math and pre-algebra : [tutorial and practice problems]

September 8, 2014
Wheater, Carolyn C., 1951- author.
New York : Alpha, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., [2014]
x, 358 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subtitle from cover.
Our number system -- Arithmetic -- Order of operations and integers -- Factors and multiples -- Fractions -- Decimals -- Ratios, proportions, and percentages -- Variables and expressions -- Adding and subtracting with variables -- Solving equations and inequalities -- Coordinate graphing -- Basics of geometry -- Triangles -- Quadrilaterals and other polygons -- Circles -- Surface area and volume -- Geometry at work -- Probability -- Graphs -- Measures of center and spread -- Extra practice.
Math skills come easily to some people, but for others, the number just don't add up. This helpful guide gives you a solid foundation in mathematics, with clear explanations, handy tutorials, and practice problems and answers.

Cracking the AP statistics exam.

August 28, 2014
New York, NY : Random House,
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
At head of title: The Princeton Review.

Intermediate algebra

August 25, 2014
Steege, Ray.
New York : McGraw-Hill, c2010.
ix, 340 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Includes index.
Fundamental Concepts -- Polynomials -- Rational Expressions -- First-Degree Equations and Inequalities -- Exponents, Roots, and Radicals -- Second-Degree Equations and Inequalities -- Systems of Equations and Inequalities -- Relations and Functions -- Exponential and Logarithmic Functions -- Sequences, Series, and the Binomial Theorem.

1,001 statistics practice problems for dummies

August 20, 2014
Hoboken NJ : John Wiley & Sons, c2014.
x, 488 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Includes index.

Alan Turing : the enigma

August 14, 2014
Hodges, Andrew.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2012.
xxxi, 586 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 20 cm
"This classic biography of the founder of computer science, reissued on the centenary of his birth with a substantial new preface by the author, is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life. A gripping story of mathematics, computers, cryptography, and homosexual persecution, Andrew Hodges's acclaimed book captures both the inner and outer drama of Turing's life. Hodges tells how Turing's revolutionary idea of 1936--the concept of a universal machine--laid the foundation for the modern computer and how Turing brought the idea to practical realization in 1945 with his electronic design. The book also tells how 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. At the same time, this is the tragic story of a man who, despite his wartime service, 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."--Publisher description.

Whatever happened to the metric system? : how America kept its feet

August 1, 2014
Marciano, John Bemelmans.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2014.
8 unnumbered pages, 310 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm

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.

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