We’re Puttin’ the Blog Back Together!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here.  To be honest, things seemed to be going well and then our organizational unit got all its social media centralized and I felt more than a bit frozen out.  The goal of the blog is changing a bit as well.  Instead of a view from a department head … this will be a view from a sci/tech librarian that is living the transition and what I see developing around me.

I’ll be heading to DC for a meeting on Bibliometrics and Research Assessment organized by Chris Belter of NIH. So, bibliometrics services, long in place in other parts of the world, will soon be a service that we’ll try here at Carnegie Mellon.  We’ll probably work closely in some way with the University of Pittsburgh.

I believe our Research Data Management efforts are poised to really take off as well.  The big difficulty seems to be how to maintain these efforts at a high level of quality.

New Physics Books in the Engineering & Science Library

The Dark Matter Problem : A Historical Perspective / Robert H. Sanders.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge, 2010.  QB791.3.S25 2010  http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Matter-Problem-Historical-Perspective/dp/0521113016/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1319232368&sr=8-1

An Introduction to Enumeration / Alan Camina and Barry Lewis.  London, UK: Springer, 2011.  QC20.7.C58C36X 2011  http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Enumeration-Springer-Undergraduate-Mathematics/dp/0857295993/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319232483&sr=1-1

Proceedings of the [41st] Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics Institute, June 14, 2010 / Edited by Timothy Marbach.  Sacramento, CA: California State University, Sacramento, 2010.  QC145.H35 41ST 2010

Interpreting Quantum Theories : The Art of the Possible / Laura Ruetsche.  Oxford, UK: Oxford, 2011.  QC174.12.R848 2011  http://www.amazon.com/Interpreting-Quantum-Theories-Laura-Ruetsche/dp/019953540X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319233234&sr=1-1

Relativistic Many-Body Theory : A New Field-Theoretical Approach / Ingvar Lindgren.  New York: Springer, 2011.  QC174.17.P7L56 2011  http://www.amazon.com/Relativistic-Many-Body-Theory-Field-Theoretical-Approach/dp/1441983082/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319233530&sr=1-1

Emmy Noether’s Wonderful Theorem / Dwight E. Neuenschwander.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 2011.  QC174.17.S9N48 2011  http://www.amazon.com/Noethers-Wonderful-Theorem-Dwight-Neuenschwander/dp/0801896940/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319233682&sr=1-1

The Pursuit of Quantum Gravity : Memoirs of Bryce DeWitt from 1946 to 2004 / Cécile DeWitt-Morette.  Heidelberg: Springer, 2011.  QC178.D49X 2011  http://www.amazon.com/Pursuit-Quantum-Gravity-Memoirs-DeWitt/dp/3642142699/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319234102&sr=1-1

Progress in Ultrafast Intense Laser Science VII / Kaoru Yamanouchi, Dimitrios Charlambidis, and Didier Normand, Editors.  Heidelberg: Springer, 2011.  QC689.5.L37P78 2011  http://www.amazon.com/Progress-Ultrafast-Intense-Springer-Chemical/dp/3642183263/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319234494&sr=1-1

Advances in Imaging and Electron Physics, Volume 166 : Theory of Intense Beams of Charged Particles / Valeriy A. Syrovoy.  Amsterdam: Elsevier Academic, 2011.  QC793.5.E62A3 VOL. 166 2011  http://www.amazon.com/intense-charged-particles-Advances-Electron/dp/0123813107/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319235477&sr=1-1

Advances in Imaging and Electron Physics, Volume 168 / Edited by Peter W. Hawkes.  Amsterdam: Elsevier Academic, 2011.  QC793.5.E62A3 VOL. 168 2011  http://www.amazon.com/Advances-Imaging-Electron-Physics-168/dp/0123859832/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319235283&sr=1-1

Radioactivity : A History of a Mysterious Science / Marjorie C. Malley.  Oxford, UK: Oxford, 2011  QC794.6.R3M35 2011  http://www.amazon.com/Radioactivity-Mysterious-Marjorie-C-Malley/dp/019976641X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319234753&sr=1-1

New Math Books in the Engineering & Science Library

Combinatorics, Automata and Number Theory / Valérie Berthé and Michel Rigo.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge, 2010.  QA164.C664 2010  http://www.amazon.com/Combinatorics-Automata-Encyclopedia-Mathematics-Applications/dp/0521515971/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1313097999&sr=8-1

The Oxford Handbook of Nonlinear Filtering / Edited by Dan Crisan and Boris Rozovskiǐ.  Oxford, UK: Oxford, 2011.  QA274.23.O94 2011  http://www.amazon.com/Oxford-Handbook-Nonlinear-Filtering-Handbooks/dp/0199532907/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1313701512&sr=1-1

R Cookbook / Paul Teetor.  Beijing: O’Reilly, 2011.  QA276.45.R3T44X 2011  http://www.amazon.com/Cookbook-OReilly-Cookbooks-Paul-Teetor/dp/0596809158/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1313098425&sr=1-1

Classification and Multivariate Analysis for Complex Data Structures / Bernard Fichet et al, editors.  Heidelberg: Springer, 2011.  QA278.C43X 2011  http://www.amazon.com/Classification-Multivariate-Structures-Knowledge-Organization/dp/3642133118/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1313098140&sr=1-2

Dynamic Mixed Models for Familial Longitudinal Data / Brajendra C. Sutradhar.  New York: Springer, 2011.  QA278.2.S88 2011  http://www.amazon.com/Dynamic-Familial-Longitudinal-Springer-Statistics/dp/1441983414/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1313098305&sr=1-1

Numerical Analysis / L. Ridgway Scott.  Princeton, NJ: Princeton, 2011.  QA297.S36X 2011  http://www.amazon.com/Numerical-Analysis-L-Ridgway-Scott/dp/0691146861/ref=sr_1_18_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1313098599&sr=1-18

Iterative Methods in Combinatorial Optimization / Lap Chi Lau, R. Ravi, and Mohit Singh.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge, 2011.  QA297.8.L38 2011  http://www.amazon.com/Iterative-Combinatorial-Optimization-Cambridge-Mathematics/dp/0521189438/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1313098744&sr=1-1

Integration – A functional Approach / Klaus Bichteler.  Basel: Birkhauser, 2010.  QA312.B53 2010  http://www.amazon.com/Integration-Functional-Approach-Birkh%C3%A4user-Classics/dp/3034800541/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1313098901&sr=1-1

Ergodic Theory : With a View Towards Number Theory / Manfred Einsiedler and Thomas Ward.  London: Springer, 2011.  QA313.E36X 2011  http://www.amazon.com/Ergodic-Theory-towards-Graduate-Mathematics/dp/0857290207/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1313099027&sr=1-1

Functional Analysis, Sobolev Spaces and Partial Differential Equations / Haim Brezis.  New York: Springer, 2011.  QA320.B73X 2011  http://www.amazon.com/Functional-Analysis-Differential-Equations-Universitext/dp/0387709134/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1313699346&sr=8-1

Functional Analysis, 2nd Edition / Pawan K. Jain and Om P. Ahuja.  Kent, UK: New Age Science, 2010.  QA320.J35X 2010  http://www.amazon.com/Functional-Analysis-P-K-Jain/dp/1906574677/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1313699484&sr=1-2

Hilbert Functions of Filtered Modules / Maria Evelina Rossi and Giuseppe Valla.  Berlin: Springer, 2010.  QA326.R67X 2010  http://www.amazon.com/Hilbert-Functions-Filtered-Matematica-Italiana/dp/3642142397/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1313699611&sr=1-1

Value Distribution of Meromorphic Functions / Jianhua Zheng.  Beijing: Tsinghua University; Berlin: Springer, 2010.  QA331.Z44X 2010  http://www.amazon.com/Value-Distribution-Meromorphic-Functions-Jianhua/dp/3642129080/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1313699796&sr=1-2

Convex Functions : Constructions, Characterizations and Counterexamples / Jonathan M. Borwein and Jon D. Vanderwerff.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University, 2010.  QA331.5.B67 2010  http://www.amazon.com/Convex-Functions-Constructions-Characterizations-Counterexamples/dp/0521850053/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1313700194&sr=1-1

Traveling Wave Analysis of Partial Differential Equations / Graham W. Griffiths and William E. Schiesser.  Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2012.  QA374.G75 2012  http://www.amazon.com/Traveling-Analysis-Partial-Differential-Equations/dp/0123846528/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1313700725&sr=1-1

Hadamard Expansions and Hyperasymptotic Evaluation : An Extension of the Method of Steepest Descents / R.B. Paris.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University, 2011.  QA431.P287 2011  http://www.amazon.com/Hadamard-Expansions-Hyperasymptotic-Evaluation-Encyclopedia/dp/1107002583/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1313700901&sr=1-1

Geometric Theory of Dynamical Systems and Fluid Flows, Revised Edition / Tsutomu Kambe.  Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific, 2010.  QA911.K36X 2010  http://www.amazon.com/Geometrical-Dynamical-Advanced-Nonlinear-Dynamics/dp/9814282243/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1313701017&sr=1-1

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New Math Books in the Engineering & Science Library

The Logica Yearbook, 2008 / Michal Peliš, editor.  London: College Publications, 2009.  QA9.A1I59A 2008  http://www.amazon.com/Logica-Yearbook-2008-Michal-Pelis/dp/190498746X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272636107&sr=1-1

Introduction to the Mathematics of Satisfiability / Victor W. Marek.  Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2009.  QA9.3.M37 2009  http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Mathematics-Satisfiability-Chapman-Informatics/dp/1439801673/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272636273&sr=1-1

Introduction to Mathematical Proofs : A Transition / Charles E. Roberts, Jr.  Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2009.  QA9.54.R63 2009  http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Mathematical-Proofs-Transition-Mathematics/dp/1420069551/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272636396&sr=1-1

Genetic Algorithms and Genetic Programming : Modern Concepts and Practical Applications / Michael Affenzeller, et al.  Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2009.  QA9.58.G46 2009  http://www.amazon.com/Genetic-Algorithms-Programming-Practical-Applications/dp/1584886293/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272636523&sr=1-1

Stable Domination and Independence in Algebraically Closed Valued Fields / Deirdre Haskell, Ehud Hrushovski, and Dugald Macpherson.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge, 2008.  QA9.7.H377 2008  http://www.amazon.com/Stable-Domination-Independence-Algebraically-Lecture/dp/0521889812/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272636720&sr=1-1

Symbolic Logic and the Game of Logic : Two Books Bound As One / Lewis Carroll.  Mineola, NY: Dover, [first published in] 1958.  QA95.D6  http://www.amazon.com/Symbolic-Logic-Game-Lewis-Carroll/dp/0486204928/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1272637092&sr=1-1-fkmr2

Topics in Topological Graph Theory (Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Its Applications 128) / Edited by Lowell W. Beineke et al.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge, 2009.  QA166.195.T66 2009  http://www.amazon.com/Topics-Topological-Encyclopedia-Mathematics-Applications/dp/052180230X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272637348&sr=1-1

Spectral Analysis of Large Dimensional Random Matrices, 2nd ed. / Zhidong Bai and Jack W. Silverstein.  New York: Springer, 2010.  QA 188.B33 2010. http://www.amazon.com/Spectral-Analysis-Dimensional-Matrices-Statistics/dp/1441906606/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272637570&sr=1-1

Interactive Graphics for Data Analysis : Principles and Examples / Martin Theus and Simon Urbanek.  Boca Raton, FL:  CRC Press, 2009.  QA276.3.T54 2009  http://www.amazon.com/Interactive-Graphics-Data-Analysis-Principles/dp/1584885947/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272638175&sr=1-1

Multiple Correspondence Analysis / Brigitte Le Roux and Henry Rouanet.  Los Angeles:  Sage, 2010.  QA278.5.L4 2010  http://www.amazon.com/Multiple-Correspondence-Analysis-Quantitative-Applications/dp/1412968976/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272638381&sr=1-1

Mathematical Analysis : A Concise Introduction / Bernd S. W. Schröder.  Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley, 2008.  QA300.S376 2008  http://www.amazon.com/Mathematical-Analysis-Introduction-Bernd-Schroder/dp/0470107960/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272635668&sr=8-1

Mathematical Scattering Theory : Analytic Theory / D.R. Yafaev.  Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society, 2009.  QA329.I24 2009  http://www.amazon.com/Mathematical-Scattering-Theory-Surveys-Monographs/dp/082180331X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272638523&sr=1-1

Numerical Methods for Special Functions / Amparo Gil, Javier Segura, and Nico M. Temme.  Philadelphia: SIAM, 2007.  QA351.G455 2007  http://www.amazon.com/Numerical-Methods-Special-Functions-Amparo/dp/0898716349/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272638654&sr=1-1

The Immersed Interface Method : Numerical Solutions of PDEs Involving Interfaces and Irregular Domains / Zhilin Li and Kazufumi Ito.  Philadelphia: SIAM, 2006.  QA374.L42 2006  http://www.amazon.com/Immersed-Interface-Method-Interfaces-Mathematics/dp/0898716098/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272638778&sr=1-1

Boundary Control of PDEs : A Course on Backstepping Designs / Miroslav Krstic and Andrey Smyshlyaev.  Philadelphia: SIAM, 2008.  QA402.3.K738 2008  http://www.amazon.com/Boundary-Control-Pdes-Backstepping-Advances/dp/0898716500/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272635827&sr=1-1

Combinatorial Optimization : Algorithms and Complexity / Christos H. Papadimitriou and Kenneth Steiglitz.  Mineola, NY: Dover, 1998.  QA402.5.P37 1998  http://www.amazon.com/Combinatorial-Optimization-Algorithms-Christos-Papadimitriou/dp/0486402584/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272639871&sr=1-1

Potential Theory and Dynamics on the Berkovich Projective Line / Matthew Baker and Robert Rumely.  Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society, 2010.  QA404.7.B35 2010  http://www.amazon.com/Potential-Berkovich-Projective-Mathematical-Monographs/dp/0821849247/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272640261&sr=1-1

Invitation to Topological Robotics / Michael Farber.  Zurich: European Mathematical Society, 2008.  QA611.3.F37 2008  http://www.amazon.com/Invitation-Topological-Robotics-Lectures-Mathematics/dp/303719054X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272640405&sr=1-1

Continuum Mechanics for Engineers, 3rd ed. / G. Thomas Mase, Ronald E. Smelser, and George E. Mase.  Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2010.  QA808.2.M364 2010  http://www.amazon.com/Continuum-Mechanics-Engineers-Computational-Analysis/dp/1420085387/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272640599&sr=1-1

New Physics Books in the Engineering & Science Library

Mathematics for Physics : A Guided Tour for Graduate Students / Michael Stone and Paul Goldbart.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge, 2009.  QC20.S76 2009  http://www.amazon.com/Mathematics-Physics-Guided-Graduate-Students/dp/0521854032/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272401283&sr=8-1

Flux-Corrected Transport : Principles, Algorithms, and Applications / D. Kuzmin, R Löhner, and S. Turek, Eds.  Berlin: Springer, 2005.  QC20.7.T73F58 2005  http://www.amazon.com/Flux-Corrected-Transport-Principles-Applications-Computation/dp/3540237305/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272401520&sr=1-1

Superstrings and Other Things : A Guide to Physics, 2nd ed. / Carlos I. Calle.  Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2010.  QC21.3.C35 2010  http://www.amazon.com/Superstrings-Other-Things-Physics-Second/dp/1439810737/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272401673&sr=1-1

Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers / John C. Morrison.  Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2010.  QC21.3.M67 2010  http://www.amazon.com/Modern-Physics-Scientists-John-Morrison/dp/0123751128/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272401895&sr=1-5

Quasicrystals / T. Fujiwara and Y. Ishii, eds.  Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2008.  QC173.4.Q36Q37X 2008  http://www.amazon.com/Quasicrystals-3-Handbook-Metal-Physics/dp/044451418X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272402143&sr=1-1

Statistical Mechanics : An Elementary Outline, revised ed. / Avijit Lahiri.  Himayatnagar, Hyderabad: Universities Press, 2009.  QC174.8.L34X 2009  http://www.amazon.com/Statistical-Mechanics-Elementary-Lahiri-Avijit/dp/041580261X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272402442&sr=1-1

Advances in Heat Transfer, Volume 41 / Edited by George A. Greene, Young I Cho, and Avram Bar-Cohen.   Amsterdam : Elsevier, 2009.  QC320.A1A3 VOL. 41 2009  http://www.amazon.com/Advances-Heat-Transfer-Avram-Bar-Cohen/dp/0123814243/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272402763&sr=1-1

APS Climate Change Statement Due for Amendment?

The current “National Policy Statement on Climate Change of the APS Council” is under fire from a growing number of physicists who feel the scientific evidence to support the statement is inadequate.  There currently is a proposal for an amendment that should cause policy makers great pause.  See:

http://www.openletter-globalwarming.info/Site/open_letter.html

The proposal has triggered a review by the APS Council per an email sent to APS members earlier today.