New Arrivals · Mathematics & Physics

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

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.

Life of Fred. Advanced algebra

October 13, 2014
Schmidt, Stanley F. (Stanley Fredric), 1944-
Reno, NV : Polka Dot Pub., c2013.
544 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Includes index.

Life of Fred. Decimals and percents

October 13, 2014
Schmidt, Stanley F. (Stanley Fredric), 1944-
Reno, NV : Polka Dot Pub., c2013.
192 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
Includes index.
"(as serious as it needs to be)"--Cover.

Life of Fred. Pre-algebra 0 with physics

October 13, 2014
Schmidt, Stanley F. (Stanley Fredric), 1944-
©2014
288 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
"Formerly titled: Elementary physics"--Page 1 of cover.

Life of Fred : pre-algebra 1 with biology

October 13, 2014
Schmidt, Stanley F. (Stanley Fredric), 1944-
Reno, NV : Polka Dot Pub., c2014.
288 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Includes index.
"(as serious as it needs to be)" -- Cover.

Life of Fred : pre-algebra 2 with economics

October 13, 2014
Schmidt, Stanley F. (Stanley Fredric), 1944-
Reno, NV : Polka Dot Pub., c2013.
288 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Includes index.
"(as serious as it needs to be)"--Cover.

Zillions of practice problems for beginning algebra

October 13, 2014
Schmidt, Stanley F. (Stanley Fredric), 1944-
Reno, Nev. : Polka Dot Pub., c2013.
272 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Includes index.

Zillions of practice problems advanced algebra

October 13, 2014
Schmidt, Stanley F. (Stanley Fredric), 1944-
Reno, Nev. : Polka Dot Pub., c2013.
240 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Includes index.

Life of Fred. Trigonometry

October 13, 2014
Schmidt, Stanley F. (Stanley Fredric), 1944-
Reno, NV : Polka Dot Pub., c2013.
496 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Includes index.
Sine -- Looking back -- Cosine and tangent -- Looking back -- Trig functions of any angle -- Looking back -- Trig identities -- Looking back -- Radians -- Conditional equations and functions of two angles -- Oblique triangles -- Looking back -- Inverse trig functions -- Polar coordinates -- Looking back -- Polar form of complex numbers -- Looking forward to the 24 chapters of calculus.

Life of Fred. Calculus

October 13, 2014
Schmidt, Stanley F. (Stanley Fredric), 1944-
Reno, NV : Polka Dot Pub., c2012.
544 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Includes index.
Functions -- Limits -- Speed -- Slope -- Derivatives -- Concavity -- Trig -- Related rates -- Curvature -- Integrals -- Area -- Work -- Centroids -- Logs -- Conics -- Infinite series -- Solids of revolution -- Polar coordinates -- Hyperbolic trig -- Vectors -- Partial derivatives -- Double integrals -- Vector calculus -- Differential equations.

Life of Fred. Calculus : city answers

October 13, 2014
Schmidt, Stanley F. (Stanley Fredric), 1944-
[Reno, NV] : Polka Dot Pub. ; [Sacramento, CA : distributor, Z-Twist Books, 2009?]
18 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Answer key for Life of Fred : calculus / Stanley F. Schmidt.

Life of Fred. Statistics

October 13, 2014
Schmidt, Stanley F. (Stanley Fredric), 1944-
Reno, NV : Polka Dot Pub., c2005.
543 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Includes index.
Descriptive statistics -- Probability -- Conditional probability -- Looking forward to the next four chapters -- The future-zero samples -- The art of the sample -- The past-one sample -- Secrets of the binomial proportion -- The present-two samples -- The present-many samples -- Emergency statistics guide -- Finding regression equations -- The field guide.
All the popular tests plus many advanced tests plus regression equations including Logistic Regression. An "Emergency Statistics Guide" (unique to this book) to instantly find which test to use. Designed for self-study or classroom use. Tons of examples and easy-to-understand tables. Readers should have had algebra and own a regular science calculator with square root and LOG keys on it. No computer or graphing calculator required. An easy-to-use reference book for researchers needing statistics in their work.

Life of Fred. Linear algebra

October 13, 2014
Schmidt, Stanley F. (Stanley Fredric), 1944-
Reno, NV : Polka Dot Pub., c2009.
352 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Includes index.
"(as serious as it needs to be)"--Cover.

Life of Fred. Linear algebra : city answers

October 13, 2014
Schmidt, Stanley F. (Stanley Fredric), 1944-
[Reno, NV] : Polka Dot Pub. ; [2009?]
15 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Answer key for Life of Fred : linear algebra / Stanley F. Schmidt.

Life of Fred : geometry

October 9, 2014
Schmidt, Stanley F. (Stanley Fredric), 1944- author.
Reno, Nevada : Polka Dot Publishing, 2014. ©2014
560 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
Includes index.
Points and lines -- Angles -- Triangles -- Parallel lines -- Perpendicular lines -- Chain the gate -- Quadrilaterals -- Area -- Junior geometry and other little tiny theories -- Similar triangles -- Symbolic logic -- Right triangles -- Circles -- Constructions - Non-Euclidean geometry -- Solid geometry -- Geometry in four dimensions -- Coordinate geometry -- Flawless (Modern) geometry.

Ada's algorithm : how Lord Byron's daughter Ada Lovelace launched the digital age

October 9, 2014
Essinger, James, 1957-
Brooklyn, NY : Melville House, [2014]
xvi, 254 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Behind every great man, there's a great woman; no other adage more aptly describes the relationship between Charles Babbage, the man credited with thinking up the concept of the programmable computer, and mathematician Ada Lovelace, whose contributions, according to Essinger, proved indispensable to Babbage's invention. The Analytical Engine was a series of cogwheels, gear-shafts, camshafts, and power transmission rods controlled by a punch-card system based on the Jacquard loom. Lovelace, the only legitimate child of English poet Lord Byron, wrote extensive notes about the machine, including an algorithm to compute a long sequence of Bernoulli numbers, which some observers now consider to be the world's first computer program.

Life of Fred : fractions

October 8, 2014
Schmidt, Stanley F. (Stanley Fredric), 1944-
Reno, Nev. : Polka Dot Pub., c2010.
192 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Includes index.
"(as serious as it needs to be)"--Cover.

Life of Fred : beginning algebra

October 8, 2014
Schmidt, Stanley F. (Stanley Fredric), 1944-
Reno, Nev. : Polka Dot Pub., c2013.
544 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
Includes index.
"In five days of Fred's life, every aspect of beginning algebra pops up in our hero's life"--Page 4 of cover.
Numbers and sets -- The integers -- Equations -- Motion and mixture -- Two unknowns -- Exponents -- Factoring -- Fractions -- Square roots -- Quadratic equations -- Functions and slope -- Inequalities and absolute value -- A.R.T. section (quick summary of all of beginning algebra).

1001 pre-calculus practice problems for dummies

October 7, 2014
Sterling, Mary Jane.
Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, [2014]
x, 533 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.

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