Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Highlights from the New Books List: June

With the month almost over, the new books acquired during the month of June will be available for checkout. Below is just a sample of some of the great works that you can check out!

Beyond a swell turn of phrase, Stephen Hawking's newest offering The Dreams that Stuff is Made Of gives the reader a fantastic overview of last century's quantum revolution. The edited collection offers a more or less chronological tour through quantum physics through the writings of those that defined it. Collected here are writings by Planck, Einstein, Heisenberg, Schrödinger, Bohr, Bell, and Born--to name but a few. The Wall Street Journal review of the book noted that it's $30 price tag was a "remarkably good value." That may be, but you can find it here for free!

Perhaps relativity is more your bag, but you are a newcomer to the field. Then Andrew M. Steane's Relativity Made Relatively Easy (continuing our turns of phrase) is for you. Steane, a professor at Oxford, has set his sights on a "gentle (but exact)" introduction to relativity that is geared primarily toward undergraduate students and weekend science buffs.

So you've made it through the twentieth century breakthroughs above? Interested more in the revolutions of now? Then Jim Baggot's Higgs: The Invention and Discovery of the 'God Particle' is a great new book for you. Though its title is lacking the linguistic playfulness of the above books, Baggot's book, released just on the heals of the discovery of the particle, shows just how everything happened and why we should care. Here are a few further readings on Baggot's book:

A sample from The New York Review of Books

A blog by Baggot titled "What Is the Higgs Boson and Why Does It Matter?"

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