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New Science Books

Enjoy some of the best new science books, available from the Ferguson Library.


Mingle, Jonathan
Fire and Ice: Soot, Solidarity and Survival on the Roof of the World
363.738 M664f

For generations, Kumik villagers in a Himalayan valley survived by learning to cultivate their mountain terrain, drawing from the waters of the glacier and snows above the village. But now the glacier is almost gone, and Kumik is dying. Why? As this book reveals, the culprit is black carbon, the most dangerous pollutant in the world.  Source: From the Publisher


Elliot, Clark
The Ghost in My Brain: How a Concussion Stole My Life
616.85232 E46g

Elliott, an associate professor of artificial intelligence,delivers a harrowing account of a 13-year-long recovery from a disabling concussion that changed his life, and celebrates the science that came to his rescue.  Building on recent research into brain plasticity, doctors taught Elliott mental exercises to regain cognitive functioning.  Source: Publishers Weekly, April 13, 2015


Buchmann, Stephen
The Reason for Flowers: Their History, Culture, Biology, and How They Change Our Lives
635.9 B919r

Flowers and their resultant fruit are the ultimate source of the food we eat and the clothes we wear. But they do more than meet the physical needs of humans. They also uplift spirits, inspire art, and symbolize the very essence of human nature.  Buchmann, an ardent pollination ecologist, peels back the petals to reveal fascinating aspects of floriculture.  Source: Booklist, July 01, 2015


Shipman, Pat
The Invaders: How Humans and Their Dogs Drove Neanderthals to Extinction
569.9 S557i

Why did Neanderthals go extinct while modern humans flourished? Was it the invasion of modern humans or a changing climate that pushed Neanderthals into extinction?  Shipman contends that as humans expanded their range, their dietary flexibility and technological innovations permitted them to outcompete other carnivores.  Source: PW Annex Reviews, May 04, 2015


LeVine, Steve
The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World
621.312424 L665p

A worldwide race is on to perfect the next engine of economic growth, the advanced lithium-ion battery. It will power the electric car, relieve global warming, and catapult the winner into a new era of economic and political mastery. Can the United States win?  This book is a two year thrilling account of big invention, big commercialization, and big deception.  Source: from the Publisher


Safina, Carl
Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel
591.56 S128b

To illuminate the inner lives of  highly intelligent and socially advanced beings, Safina accompanies experts in the field and collects a treasury of captivating true animal stories. In Kenya, he is charmed by exuberant baby elephants; he follows wolves in Yellowstone and the  cooperative killer whales in the ocean of the Pacific Northwest.  Source: Booklist, July 01, 2015


Price, Catherine
Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection
612.399 P945v

This is the startling story of America’s devotion to vitamins and how it keeps us from good health. Americans seek out vitamins any way they can, whether in a morning glass of orange juice, a piece of vitamin-enriched bread, or a daily multivitamin. We believe that vitamins are always beneficial and that the more we can get, the better.  Source: From the Publisher


Ford, Martin
Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
331.137042 F711r

Author Pennington takes on the endlessly complex subject of baseball player and manager Billy Martin, now more than 25 years after his death in an automobile accident outside his farm near Binghamton, New York.  Martin was  a brawler, a tempermental drinker, a deeply flawed human being, and perhaps the best manager ever.  Source: Booklist, April 01, 2015


Bartusiak, Marcia
Black Hole: How an Idea Abandoned by Newtonians Became Loved
523.8875 B294b

Bartusiak's lively, accessible writing and insight into the personalities behind the science make her book an entertaining and informative read.  She reveals the story of black holes in all their "stark and alien weirdness."  The idea remained a curiosity until Einstein proffered his theory of special relativity, that gravity could bend light and motion.  Source: Publishers Weekly, March 30, 2015