[bksvol-discuss] Re: Fw: Nature and Science December 2008

  • From: "Shelley L. Rhodes" <guidinggolden@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2008 21:26:05 -0500

A lot of these sound fantastic, and I am going to be on the look out for them.


Shelley L. Rhodes, M.A., VRT
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Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration 
and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace. -Dwight D. 
Eisenhower, U.S. general and 34th president (1890-1969) 

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  Nature and Science December 2008
  "Necessity, who is the mother of invention."
  ~ Plato (427-347 BC), Classical Greek philosopher
  New and Recently Released!

  The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why it Matters 
- by Rose George
  Publisher: Metropolitan Books
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  Pub Date: 10/14/2008
  ISBN: 9780805082715
  ISBN-10: 0805082719
  Everyone poops--and with a global population set to top nine billion by the 
year 2042, the question of what to do with all that waste is a big one. Consider
  the statistics, says author Rose George: 4 out of 10 people worldwide (some 
2.6 billion individuals) have no access to sanitation--not even a latrine.
  This has huge economic, political, social, and especially environmental 
consequences. You'll learn more than you ever thought possible about human waste
  in The Big Necessity, which Publishers Weekly calls an "intrepid, erudite and 
entertaining journey through the public consequences of this most private

  Death from the Skies! These Are the Ways the World Will End - by Philip Plait
  Publisher: Viking
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  Pub Date: 10/16/2008
  ISBN: 9780670019977
  ISBN-10: 0670019976
  In this "surprisingly upbeat look at all the ways the universe can destroy 
us" (Kirkus Reviews), astronomer Philip Plait uses doomsday scenarios such as
  asteroid strikes, black holes, cosmic ray bursts, supernovae, and alien 
invasions to explain the principles of astronomy and physics. Because disasters,
  while not frequent, are inevitable (think of the dinosaurs), Plait advises 
readers not to panic, and backs up his reassurance with statistics. For those
  who aren't convinced, he also outlines potential strategies for averting 
cosmic calamities. Don't miss this fun and informative book by the creator of
  the popular website badastronomy.com.

  Chasing Science at Sea: Racing Hurricanes, Stalking Sharks, and Living 
Undersea with Ocean Experts - by Ellen Prager
  Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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  Pub Date: 10/1/2008
  ISBN: 9780226678702
  ISBN-10: 0226678709
  There's never a dull moment when you're a marine scientist living underwater. 
Just ask Ellen Prager, chief scientist at Florida's Aquarius Reef Base--the
  world's only undersea marine research station. From avoiding hurricanes to 
swimming with whale sharks, Prager's fieldwork is full of adventure and 
  However, it's also full of challenges: for example, living in close quarters, 
bad food, lack of shower facilities, and collecting data in sometimes trying
  circumstances. Written to introduce people to what an ocean scientist's life 
is really like, this book presents all sides of scientific research and provides
  an intriguing glimpse into a fascinating career.
  Table of Contents

  Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes? Bodies, Brains, and Behavior: The Science 
Behind Sex, Love, and Attraction - by Jena Pincott
  Publisher: Bantam Dell
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  Pub Date: 9/30/2008
  ISBN: 9780385342155
  ISBN-10: 0385342152
  Did you know that the brains of people in love are indistinguishable from 
those of the clinically insane? Or that strippers may earn up to twice as much
  when they're ovulating as when they're menstruating? In this fascinating 
book, science writer Jena Pincott answers over 100 questions about the science
  behind sex, love, and attraction such as "What makes a person attractive?" 
"Why do people seem more attractive when you're gazing into their eyes?" and,
  of course, the age old query, "Does size matter?" For everything you've ever 
wanted to know about love and desire, plus everything you never thought to
  ask, Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes? is the book for you.
  First Chapter

  Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures - by 
Bill Schutt; illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne
  Publisher: Harmony
  Check Library Catalog
  Pub Date: 10/14/2008
  ISBN: 9780307381125
  ISBN-10: 0307381129
  We've all heard of the vampire bat, but what about the vampire finch? 
Biologist Bill Schutt introduces these creatures and more in his guide to the 
  sanguivores and hematophages--aka "blood eaters." While bats are Schutt's 
specialty (he explains that out of 1,100 bat species, only three subsist on 
  and one of those confines its feeding to chickens), he also discusses mites, 
fleas and ticks, bedbugs, leeches, and the South American candiru (a fish
  that crawls up the urethra and uses its spines to lodge itself there). Kirkus 
Reviews calls this book "a natural history of bloodsuckers that shines in
  gory glory."
  Focus on: Inventions

  The Riddle of the Compass: The Invention that Changed the World - by Amir D. 
  Publisher: Harcourt
  Check Library Catalog
  Pub Date: 5/1/2002
  ISBN: 9780156007535
  ISBN-10: 0156007533
  Amir D. Aczel, a sea captain's son who grew up on a ship in the 
Mediterranean, presents an entertaining account of one of the most important 
  advances in history: the magnetic compass. While some claim that one Flavio 
Gioia came up with the idea around 1300, it's not clear that the man ever 
  Furthermore, there is evidence that the technique of using magnetized metal 
as a navigational aid can be traced back to 11th-century China. As Aczel 
  to get to the bottom of the compass mystery, he also tells the story of the 
events which led to the Age of Exploration and ushered in the modern world.
  Booklist calls this book a "delightful, wide-ranging ramble that will 
entertain history and technology buffs."

  Stealing God's Thunder: Benjamin Franklin's Lightning Rod and the Invention 
of America - by Philip Dray
  Publisher: Random House
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  Pub Date: 12/27/2005
  ISBN: 9780812968101
  ISBN-10: 0812968107
  Before he became a statesman, Benjamin Franklin was a scientist--and a 
world-renowned one at that. His most famous experiment is unquestionably his 
  of a lightning rod to determine whether the properties of lightning were the 
same as those of electricity. His conclusion--hailed by some, denounced by
  others as "playing God"--was that lightning is a form of electricity. Coining 
the term "battery," he also proposed that electricity was a single form of
  matter comprised of positive and negative charges, making him one of the 
first to espouse an atomic theory of electricity. Author Philip Dray provides
  both an examination of Benjamin Franklin's scientific legacy and a 
"captivating cultural history of Franklin's America" (Publishers Weekly).
  First Chapter

  They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine: Two Centuries 
of Innovators - by Harold Evans, with Gail Buckland and David Lefer
  Publisher: Little, Brown
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  Pub Date: 10/12/2004
  ISBN: 9780316277662
  ISBN-10: 0316277665
  In this comprehensive book dedicated to America's movers and shakers, author 
Harold Evans profiles 70 inventors and innovators, ranging from household names
  Thomas Edison and Henry Ford to lesser-known figures like Ida Rosenthal 
(creator of the Maidenform Bra) and Lewis Tappan (who came up with the idea of
  credit ratings). Placing special emphasis on "innovators," i.e. people who 
not only developed ideas but also made them commercially viable, Evans traces
  the lives and careers of entrepreneurs both past and present. For incredible 
stories of how visionary minds shaped American society, you can't do better
  than this book.
  First Chapter

  The Evolution of Useful Things - by Henry Petroski
  Publisher: Vintage Books
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  Pub Date: 2/1/1994
  ISBN: 9780679740391
  ISBN-10: 0679740392
  From paperclips to Post-It notes, writer and engineer Henry Petroski is 
fascinated by the everyday items we take for granted. In The Evolution of Useful
  Things, he explores the origins of objects such as forks, buttons, zippers, 
aluminum cans, and cellophane. While many ascribe to the dictum of "form follows
  function," Petroski claims that, in fact, "form follows failure," which is to 
say, objects evolve according to their usage--and for every successful item
  in use, there is a plethora of prototypes and also-rans. For example, the 
paperclip we most often use today (called the "Gem") is but one example of the
  more than 40 designs that have been patented since the 19th century. For more 
fascinating facts about everyday things, be sure to read this book.

  Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific 
Problem of His Time - by Dava Sobel; with a foreword by Neil Armstrong
  Publisher: Walker
  Check Library Catalog
  Pub Date: 10/30/2007
  ISBN: 9780802715296
  ISBN-10: 080271529X
  In 1714, navigators were easily able to chart their latitudinal positions, 
but no one could find a way to calculate longitude, which meant that ships were
  liable to miss landfall, run aground, or get shipwrecked on rocky coasts. 
When the British Parliament offered a reward of £20,000 (about $4.5 million 
  to anyone who could come up with a solution to the "Longitude Problem," many 
took on the challenge. However, it was John Harrison, a clockmaker with little
  formal education, who ultimately succeeded by inventing a precise and 
reliable marine chronometer that could withstand variations in temperature, 
  humidity, and extreme weather conditions. Author Dava Sobel's page-turning 
account of scientific discovery won the 1997 British Book of the Year award.
  Table of Contents
  First Chapter

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