Carnegie Mellon Obtains Access to All SIAM e-books!

The University Libraries are very pleased to announce that access to the entire back file of SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) e-books has been acquired.  This gives the campus access to a broad swath of applied mathematics books that will be of interest to a large part of the campus.  The subjects include:

Applied Geometry; Applied Mathematics Education; Applied Probability; Astronomy, Planetary Sciences, and Optics; Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences; Biological Sciences; Chemical Kinetics; Communication Theory; Computational Mathematics; Computer Sciences; Control and Systems Theory; Data Mining and Information Retrieval; Discrete Mathematics and Graph Theory; Dynamical Systems; Economics and Finance; Electromagnetic Theory and Semiconductor and Circuit Analysis; Environmental Sciences; Fluid Mechanics; Functional Analysis; General Interest; Geophysical Sciences; Image Processing; Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory; Management Sciences and Operations Research; Materials Science; Math and Computation in Industrial Applications; Mathematical Physics; Mechanics of Solids; Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures; Numerical Analysis; Optimization Theory and Mathematical Programming; Ordinary Differential Equations; Partial Differential Equations; Real and Complex Analysis; Simulation and Modeling; Social Sciences; and Statistics

Arrangements are for unlimited use by the Carnegie Mellon community.  The e-books are hosted by the Scitation platform built by the American Institute of Physics which is familiar to the campus owing to hosting numerous science and engineering journals.  The e-books are divided into chapters that are offered in a high quality pdf format and can be used on campus or off-campus/wireless via the AnyConnect remote access tool.  Chapters can be printed or downloaded to e-readers and other mobile devices – they can be used on anything that will read a pdf file.  The e-books can be located in CAMEO – the online catalog at Carnegie Mellon or they can be browsed at:

American Mathematical Society Announces New Version of MathSciNet

Hi everyone,

Our friends at the American Mathematical Society have announced a new version of MathSciNet.  All should enjoy the incorporation of MathJax and the efforts to use DOI’s (digital object identifiers) for books and book chapters.  As our library becomes more digital, this will only make mathematical literature research all the more efficient.  Kudos to the AMS!

“Newest Release of MathSciNet

The American Mathematical Society is pleased to announce the latest version of MathScinet. The new release includes the following enhancements and features:

· Improved display of mathematics using MathJax, an open source JavaScript display engine for mathematics that works in all modern browsers (

· Direct links to books, book chapters, and series using DOIs registered by publishers

· Bibliographic entries and direct links for Ph.D. theses in mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics from the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database

For more information please see:”

Digital Library of Mathematical Functions produced by NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology)

Over ten years in the making, this carefully constructed digital reference tool is available for free!  See:

The NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions is considered a companion volume.  We will get a copy for the Engineering & Science Library soon.

Don’t miss the YouTube video of the making of the Digital Library:

SIAM Announces New Financial Mathematics Journal

This announcement was just sent to a listserv of mathematics librarians:

SIAM is pleased to announce that our newest journal, SIAM Journal on
Financial Mathematics (SIFIN), has formally launched. This new journal
brings together works on theoretical developments in financial
mathematics as well as breakthroughs in the computational challenges
they encompass.

In consideration of the current global economic situation, SIAM will
offer institutions and individuals free access to SIFIN throughout 2010.
Read more here: 

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New Math Books in the Engineering & Science Library

The Geometry of Infinite-Dimensional Groups / Boris A. Khesin and Robert Wendt.  New York: Springer, 2009.  QA 252.3.K44X 2009

Analysis and Stochastics of Growth Processes and Interface Models / Edited by Peter Morters, et al.  Oxford:  Oxford, 2008.  QA 274.75.A53 2008

Geometric Integration Theory / Steven G. Krantz and Harold R. Parks.  New York: Birkhauser, 2008.  QA 312.K73 2008

Theory of Sobolev Multipliers : With Applications to Differential and Intergral Operators / Vladimir G. Maz’ya and Tatyana O. Shaposhnikova.  New York: Springer, 2009.  QA 323.M39X 2009

Optimal Transport : Old and New / Cédric Villani.  New York: Springer, 2009.  QA402.5.V55X 2009

Classical Fourier Analysis, 2nd ed. / Loukas Grafakos.  New York: Springer, 2008.  QA403.5.G732 2008

Braid Groups / Christian Kassel and Vladimir Turaev.  New York: Springer, 2008.  QA612.23.K37 2008.

Impossible?  Surprising Solutions to Counterintuitive Conundrums / Julian Havil.  Princeton, NJ: Princeton, 2008.  QA99.H379 2008.

Don’t forget to check out the new series that are coming out in the Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science : Mathematics and Statistics.  Carnegie Mellon has unlimited digital access to these books, so they might offer a less expensive textbook alternative for a class or a convenient way to share a reading for an upcoming seminar.  The URL:

Interesting resource from Annenberg Media

I’m not sure if this will be helpful at the collegiate level, but the description sounds interesting.   It showed up in this week’s edition of the Scout Report (see the link at the bottom).

6.  Mathematics Illuminated [Macromedia Flash Player]

Everything (mathematics) is illuminated in this excellent thirteen-part series created by Annenberg Media for adult learners and high school teachers. As their website notes, the series “explores major themes in the field of mathematics, from humankind’s earliest study of prime numbers, to the cutting-edge mathematics used to reveal the shape of the universe.” First-time visitors can read a brief introduction to the series, and then look over some of the thirteen units, which include “Game Theory”, “Other Dimensions”, and “Geometries Beyond Euclid”. Each unit includes a relevant video segment (free registration required), a video transcript, and a different interactive feature designed to complement the material within. Also, visitors can take advantage of a glossary and a “Math Family Tree”, which highlights major mathematical discoveries from the year 25000 BCE to present-day Fields Medal winner, Grigori Perelman. [KMG]

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