New Physics Books in the Engineering and Science Library

Seeing and Believing : How the Telescope Opened Our Eyes and Minds to the Heavens / Richard Panek.  New York: Viking, 1998.  QB88.P18 1998

Fundamentals of Physics, Volume II.  Vibrations and Waves. Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules and Solids. Physics of the Nucleus and Elementary Particles / B.M. Yavorsky and A.A. Pinsky.  Translated by Boris Kuznetsov. Moscow: MIR, 1975.  QC23.I38X 1975 VOL. 2

Advances in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, Volume 57 / Edited by Ennio Arimondo, Paul R. Berman, and Chun C. Lin.  Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2009.  QC173.A2543 VOL. 57 2009

Multiphase Polymer-Based Materials : An Atlas of Phase Morphology at the Nano and Micro Scale / Charef Harrats.  Boca Raton: CRC, 2009.  QC173.4.P65H367 2009

A First Course in General Relativity, 2nd ed / Bernard Schutz.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge, 2009.  QC173.6.S38 2009

Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics / F. Reif.  Long Grove, IL: Waveland, 1965 (Reissued 2009).  QC175.R43 2009

Superconductivity: A Very Short Introduction / Stephen Blundell.  Oxford, UK: Oxford, 2009.  QC611.92.B48X 2009

Semiconductor Nanostructures / D. Bimberg, ed.  Berlin: Springer, 2008.  QC611.S44 2008

Introduction to Heat Transfer, 3rd ed / Frank P. Incropera and David P. DeWitt.  New York: John Wiley, 1996.  QC320.I46 1996

Light / F. Bray.  London: Edward Arnold, 1946.  QC357.B73X 1946

Understanding Climatic Change : Climate Variability, Predictability, and Change in the Midwestern United States / Edited by S.C. Pryor.  Bloomington: Indiana, 2009.  QC984.M53U53 2009

Also of interest:

Science in Democracy : Expertise, Institutions, and Representation / Mark B. Brown.  Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009.  Q175.5.B759 2009

So You Want to Be a Scientist / Philip A. Schwartzkroin.  Oxford, UK: Oxford, 2009.  Q180.A1S338 2009

An Introduction to X-ray Crystallography, 2nd ed / Michael M. Woolfson.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge, 1997.  QD945.W58 1997

The Playful Brain : Venturing to the Limits of Neuroscience / Sergio Pellis and Vivien Pellis.  Oxford: Oneworld, 2009.  QP360.P45X 2009


Paid Internship Opportunity for Enrolled Carnegie Mellon Students

There is a Spring 2010 Internship that calls for the student to conceptualize and create an exhibit based on the Fine and Rare Books in the Posner Collection.  The Posner Collection is famous for its rare books in the history of science.  Mellon College of Science students with an interest in the history of their subject may be quite interested in this opportunity.  For more information see:

The opportunity is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.  Questions can be directed to Mary Kay Johnsen at

New Math Books in the Engineering & Science Library

Introduction to Mathematical Logic, 5th ed / Elliott Mendelson.  Boca Raton, FL: CRC, 2010.  QA9.M4 2010

Logical Labyrinths / Raymond M. Smullyan.  Wellesley, MA: A.K. Peters, 2009.  QA9.S575 2009

How to Guard an Art Gallery and Other Discrete Mathematical Adventures / T.S. Michael.  Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins, 2009.  QA164.M53 2009

Linear Algebra with Applications, 2nd ed / Otto Bretscher.  Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2001.  QA184.2.B73 2001

Modeling with Data : Tools and Techniques for Scientific Computing / Ben Klemens.  Princeton, NJ: Princeton, 2009.  QA276.K546 2009

Recent Advances in Stochastic Operations Research II / Tadashi Dohi, Shunji Osaki, and Katsushige Sawaki (editors).  Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific, 2007.  QA274.A1I58 2007

Introductory Time Series with R / Paul S.P. Cowpertwait and Andrew V. Metcalfe.  Dordrecht: Springer, 2009.  QA280.C69X 2009

Numerical Analysis : Mathematics of Scientific Computing, 3rd ed / David Kincaid and Ward Cheney.  Providence, RI: AMS, 2009.  QA297.K563 2009

Analytical Geometry and Calculus / Henry B. Phillips.  Cambridge, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1942 (1946 printing).  QA303.P49 1946

Variational Methods for Strongly Indefinite Problems / Yanheng Ding.  Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific, 2007.  QA315.D56 2007

Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems : Computing and Modeling, 2nd ed / C. Henry Edwards and David E. Penney.  Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2000.  QA371.E28 2000

Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems: Computing and Modeling, Workbook, 2nd ed / C. Henry Edwards and David E. Penney.  Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2000.  QA371.E28 2000B

Decomposition Methods for Differential Equations : Theory and Applications / Juergen Geiser.  Boca Raton, FL: CRC, 2009.  QA402.2.G45 2009

Plane and Solid Analytic Geometry / William F. Osgood and William C. Graustein.  New York: MacMillan, 1921.  QA551.O7 1921

Also of  interest:

Science in Democracy : Expertise, Institutions, and Representation / Mark B. Brown.  Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009.  Q175.5.B759 2009

So You Want to Be a Scientist / Philip A. Schwartzkroin.  Oxford, UK: Oxford, 2009.  Q180.A1S338 2009

New Math Books in the Engineering & Science Library

Probability and Random Processes : Problems and Solutions / G.R. Grimmett and D.R. Stirzaker.  Oxford, UK: Oxford, 1991.  QA273.25.G75 1991

Parabolic Geometries I: Background and General Theory / Andreas Čap and Jan Slovák.  Providence, RI: AMS, 2009.  QA329.42.C37 2009 VOL. 1

Mechanical Vibration : Analysis, Uncertainties, and Control, 3rd ed / Haym Benaroya and Mark L. Nagurka.  Boca Raton: CRC, 2010.  QA935.B36 2010

New Physics Books in the Engineering & Science Library

Ninth International Workshop on Neutrino Telescopes, Volume II / edited by Milla Baldo Ceolin.  Venezia : Istituto Veneto di scienze, lettere ed arti, 2001.  QB464.2.I58 2001 Vol. 2

Finding the Big Bang / P. James E. Peebles, Lyman A. Page, Jr. and R. Bruce Partridge.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge, 2009.  QB991.C64P44 2009

Fermi Remembered / Edited by James W. Cromin.  Chicago, IL: University of Chicago, 2004.  QC16.F46F49 2004

Differential Geometry, Gauge Theories, and Gravity / M. Göckeler and T. Schücker.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge, 1989.  QC20.7.D52G63 1989

Symmetries and Fundamental Interactions in Nuclei / Wick C. Haxton and Ernest M. Henley.  Singapore: World Scientific, 1995.  QC174.17.S9S983 1995

Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Fields / T-Y Wu and W-Y Pauchy Hwang.  Singapore: World Scientific, 1991.  QC174.24.R4W8 1991

Statistical Mechanics, 2nd ed / R.K. Pathria.  Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1996.  QC174.8.P38 1996

The Elementary Language of Solid State Physics / M.H.B. Stiddard.  London: Academic, 1975.  QC176.S75X 1975

Laser Spectroscopy, Volume 1: Basic Principles, 4th ed / W. Demtröder.  Berlin: Springer, 2008.  QC454.L3D46 2008 VOL.  1

Laser Spectroscopy, Volume 2: Experimental Techniques, 4th ed / Berlin: Springer, 2008.  QC454.L3D46 2008 VOL. 2

Optical Imaging and Spectroscopy / David J. Brady.  Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley, 2009.  QC454.O66B73 2009

Neutrino Oscillations in Venice / edited by Milla Baldo Ceolin.  Venezia : Istituto Veneto di scienze, lettere ed arti, 2008.  QC793.5.N42N68 2008

Galilean Nights!


Rick Fienberg, American Astronomical Society:, 1-202-328-2010 x116.

October 20, 2009

Douglas Isbell
U.S. Single-Point-of-Contact for IYA2009
+1 520-991-0380

Catherine Moloney
Galilean Nights Task Group Chair
+44 788 186 1400

Pedro Russo
IYA2009 Coordinator
ESO ePOD, Garching, Germany
+49 89 320 06 195 / Cell +49 176 6110 0211


Astronomy enthusiasts across the globe are breaking out their
telescopes this weekend (October 22-24) in a coordinated effort to
help hundreds of thousands of people experience their own “Galileo
moment” of awe and discovery when seeing the planet Jupiter and its
four largest moons.

More than 800 public observing events in over 50 countries are being
organized as part of “Galilean Nights,” a cornerstone project of the
International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009). More than 75 events in
the United States are listed on the international Galilean Nights Web
site at

“Our goal is to enable people of all ages to share the wonder of the
night sky by seeing the same objects that legendary Italian astronomer
Galileo Galilei first observed scientifically four centuries ago,”
says Douglas Isbell, the U.S. national Single Point of Contact for
IYA2009. “We hope to give many people their first glimpse of the
marvels of the Universe through a telescope, showing them breathtaking
sights such as the cloud bands of Jupiter, and the rocky desolation of
craters and mountain ranges on our Moon.”

Large U.S. events are being planned for Inwood Hill Park in New York
City and Hilo, Hawaii, for example. A wide variety of other events are
scheduled at places as diverse as a Starbucks coffee shop in
Alabaster, Alabama; Wilhemina State Park in Mena, Arkansas; the Amoeba
music store in Hollywood, California; Colorado Astronomy Day in
Brighton and Chamberlin Observatory in Denver; the Embry-Riddle
University observatory in Daytona Beach, Florida; sidewalk astronomy
at the corner of North and Wells streets in Chicago; a Radio Shack in
Waterloo, Iowa; Chabot Science Center near Oakland; a Border’s
Bookstore in Wichita, Kansas; the Longway Planetarium in Flint,
Michigan; Bottomless Lakes State Park in Roswell, New Mexico; the
University of Texas Arlington planetarium; the Great Salt Lake Nature
Center in Utah; the Carnegie Institution of Washington, DC; and the
Green Bank Science Center in West Virginia.

As well as looking at our planetary neighbors through a telescope,
people are encouraged to photograph what they see and share the sights
with the world through the Galilean Nights astrophotography
competition. Photographers of all levels of experience are
enthusiastically taking part in the competition as they try to produce
their own captivating photographs of the Universe. Anyone with a
camera and an appreciation of the night sky can take part.

Entries using the IYA2009 cornerstone project Galileoscope are
particularly encouraged, Isbell says. More than 125,000 of these
high-quality, hands-on telescope kits have been produced, and units
are still available for order for $20 each, or $15 each for orders
over 100, at

In addition to these activities, several observatories are making
their facilities available to the world for remote observing sessions,
allowing people to take photographs of astronomical objects from their
own personal computers.

The Web site also includes lots of resources and downloadable
materials for organizations interested in hosting their own events,
such as the logo in numerous languages, information on sky objects,
and pre-prepared presentations.

“Please register your events and report back to us with your results
so we can make a good estimate of how successful the event was around
the world,” Isbell adds.

The vision of the IYA2009 is to help the citizens of the world
rediscover their place in the Universe through the day and night-time
skies the impact of astronomy and basic sciences on our daily lives,
and understand better how scientific knowledge can contribute to a
more equitable and peaceful society.

The cornerstones and special projects of IYA2009 aim to stimulate
worldwide interest, especially among young people, in astronomy and
science under the central theme‚ “The Universe, Yours to Discover.”
IYA2009 events and activities hope to promote a greater appreciation
of the inspirational aspects of astronomy that embody an invaluable
shared resource for all countries.

For more information, visit:


iPhone apps for Biology article in “The Scientist”

Here is an interesting article written by PhD student Balachandar Radhakrishnan (University of Kassel, Germany):

Even the comments are interesting – there doesn’t seem to be a lot of agreement about the developments.