Friday, December 20, 2013

December 2013 New Books

In case you haven't noticed, the new books list for December 2013 has been posted here:

Included is Professor Emeritus William Friedman's book, Thinking About Equations: A Practical Guide for Developing Mathematical Intuition in the Physical Sciences and Engineering. Available online at

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Best Book Lists of 2013

 Decembers usually make people look back over the past year and come up with lists.  Everyone is coming up with a list of best books for 2013.  Here is a sampling of the first lists out.  We'll post more as we find them.

 As always, we're curious about what you're reading.  What are you reading over winter break?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Librarians' Assembly 2013 Recommended Readings

RecReads2013Looking for a good book to read over Winter break?  Here's an idea -- every year all campus library staff submit their list of recommended readings from 2013.  Read more about the list here:   The complete list is available on Pinterest.  There's a lot of great reads on that list.  Check it out!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

More Neutrinos!

Here are a few more titles featuring neutrinos to get you through the stress of finals.

The Physics of Neutrinos

The physics of neutrinos--uncharged elementary particles that are key to helping us better understand the nature of our universe--is one of the most exciting frontiers of modern science. This book provides a comprehensive overview of neutrino physics today and explores promising new avenues of inquiry that could lead to future breakthroughs.

Relativistic Astrophysics of the Transient Universe

In this decade, the Transient Universe will be mapped out in great detail by the emerging wide-field multiwavelength surveys, and neutrino and gravitational-wave detectors, promising to probe the astronomical and physical origin of the most extreme relativistic sources. This volume introduces the physical processes relevant to the source modeling of the Transient Universe. Ideal for graduate students and researchers in astrophysics, this book gives a unified treatment of relativistic flows associated with compact objects, their dissipation and emission in electromagnetic, hadronic and gravitational radiation.

101 Quantum Questions : what you need to know about the world you can't see

Ken Ford's mission is to help us understand the "great ideas" of quantum physics- ideas such as waver-particle duality, the uncertainty principle, superposition, and conservation. These fundamental concepts provide the structure for 101 Quantum Questions, an authortative yet engaging book for the general reader in which every question and answer brings out one or more basic features of the mysterious world of the quantum- the physics of the very small.


Neutrinos are perhaps the most enigmatic particles in the universe. Formed in certain radioactive decays, they pass through most matter with ease. These tiny, ghostly particles are formed in millions in the Sun and pass through us constantly. For a long time they were thought to be massless, and passing as they do like ghosts they were not regarded as significant. Now we know they have a very small mass, and there are strong indications that they are very important indeed. It is speculated that a heavy form of neutrino, that is both matter and antimatter, may have shaped the balance of matter and antimatter in the early universe. Here, Frank Close gives an account of the discovery of neutrinos and our growing understanding of their significance, also touching on some speculative ideas concerning the possible uses of neutrinos and their role in the early universe.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Book Recommendations for Particle Physics

Science writer Mike Perricone presents his favorite books on particle physics and a recommended reading list for the LHC/Higgs Era (2008 to the present) in the December issue of Symmetry Magazine.  He presents a list of recent books and give a brief summary of each one.  See the whole article here:

Here is his list with links to the catalog:
His article also has a nice recommended reading list for what he calls the LHC/Higgs era, covering 2008 to the present.

As always, if you've read any of these books we'd love to hear your thoughts.  Submit a review if you get a chance.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Titles about neutrinos featured at the Physics Library

If you've still got neutrino fever, come by the Physics Library where we've gathered together a selection of some of our best and most recent titles about neutrinos! You can even check out The Ghost Particle on DVD, an episode of NOVA about neutrinos, as well as the DVD of Morgan Wascko's talk at the Physics Colloquium in 2009, "Hunt for the Last Neutrino Mixing Angle."

All the titles can be found on our featured titled shelf near the stairs to the mezzanine. Enjoy!