Wednesday, October 17, 2012

October New Book Feature, Part I

Here are a few of the most exciting books added to the Physics Library collection in October.  As always, you can check out the Physics Library New Book page for the complete list.  

Physics professor Chad Orzel and his inquisitive canine companion, Emmy, tackle the concepts of general relativity in this irresistible introduction to Einstein’s physics. Through armchair—and sometimes passenger-seat—conversations with Emmy about the relative speeds of dog and cat motion or the logistics of squirrel-chasing, Orzel translates complex Einsteinian ideas—the slowing of time for a moving observer, the shrinking of moving objects, the effects of gravity on light and time, black holes, the Big Bang, and of course, E=mc2—into examples simple enough for a dog to understand. (from Amazon)

Science News also did a book review of How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog in their February 11th issue.  You can view it at the Science News website

Nuclear energy, X-rays, radon, cell phones . . . radiation is part of the way we live on a daily basis, and yet the sources and repercussions of our exposure to it remain mysterious. Now Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Wayne Biddle offers a first-of-its-kind guide to understanding this fundamental aspect of the universe. From fallout to radiation poisoning, alpha particles to cosmic rays, Biddle illuminates the history, meaning, and health implications of one hundred scientific terms in succinct, witty essays. A Field Guide to Radiation is an essential, engaging handbook that offers wisdom and common sense for today's increasingly nuclear world. (from Amazon)

This book was reviewed by Francis Halzen back in May.  At the time there were no copies in UW-Madison Libraries.  We promised to purchase a copy for the Physics Library, and here it is!  Make sure to check out Francis' review, then stop in the library to reserve Antarctica before it's off the New Book Shelf.

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