Monday, February 24, 2014

Questions and answers with William Bialek

The February 2014 issue of Physics Today has an interview with William Bialek for his new book, Biophysics: Searching for Principles (Princeton University Press, 2012). 

Click here to read the Physics Today review.  If you'd like to read it this book is held at Steenbock Library.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Reading Fiction is Good for You!

he Chronicle of Higher Education has an article entitled, "Why Fiction Does It Better," by Lisa Zunshine. 

"Students with rich vocabularies do well in school and are better prepared for college. So it's not surprising that reformers of elementary and secondary education seek to identify reading material that improves children's vocabularies. What is surprising is the conceptual vacuum in which they conduct their search. To quote the literary scholars Peter J. Rabinowitz and Corinne Bancroft, recommendations for the study of English "language arts" developed by the Common Core State Standards Initiative lack 'any significant theoretical grounding.'"


Books by Lawrence Krauss at UW-Madison

Lawrence M. Krauss
ward-winning physicist and noted author Lawrence M. Krauss will be the first speaker of the Spring 2014 Wisconsin Union Directorate Distinguished Lecture Series. See him speak Wednesday, February 12th in Union South’s Varsity Hall at 7:30.

You can find many of his books available at UW Campus Libraries:

(2012) A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather Than Nothing

(2011) Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science 

(2005) Hiding in the Mirror: The Mysterious Allure of Extra Dimensions, from Pluto to String Theory and Beyond

(2001) Atom: An Odyssey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth -- and Beyond

(2000) Quintessence: The Mystery of Missing Mass in the Universe

(1997) Beyond Star Trek: Physics from Alien Invasions to the End of Time

(1995) The Physics of Star Trek

(1993) Fear of Physics: A Guide for the Perplexed

(1989) The Fifth Essence: The Search for Dark Matter in the Universe