Inyo County Free Library - New Acquisitions

These are books and media new to the library and cataloged by the Inyo County Free Library.

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A mind for numbers: how to excel at math and science (even if you flunked algebra)

By Oakley, Barbara A

Publishing Date: [2014]

Classification: 500

Call Number: 501.9 OAK

In A Mind for Numbers, Dr. Oakley lets us in on the secrets to learning effectively, secrets that even dedicated and successful students wish they'd known earlier. Contrary to popular belief, math requires creative, as well as analytical, thinking. Most people think that there's only one way to do a problem, when in actuality, there are often a number of different solutions, you just need the creativity to see them. For example, there are more than three hundred different known proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem. In short, studying a problem in a laser-focused way until you reach a solution is not an effective way to learn. Rather, it involves taking the time to step away from a problem and allow the more relaxed and creative part of the brain to take over. The learning strategies in this book apply not only to math and science, but to any subject in which we struggle. We all have what it takes to excel in areas that don't seem to come naturally to us at first, and learning them does not have to be as painful as we might think. - (Penguin Putnam)

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Teaching a stone to talk: expeditions and encounters

By Dillard, Annie

Publishing Date: 1992

Classification: 500

Call Number: 508 DIL

The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer shares her sharply observed, keenly felt encounters with the natural world--in landscapes of Eastern woods and farmlands, the Pacific Northwest coast, and tropical islands and rivers - (Baker & Taylor)

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The discoveries: great breakthroughs in 20th century science

By Lightman, Alan P

Publishing Date: c2005

Classification: 500

Call Number: 509 LIG

An unprecedented explosion of creativity, insight, and breakthrough occurred in every field of science in the last century. These discoveries profoundly changed the way we understand the world and our place in it. Now physicist and novelist Lightman tells the stories of two dozen of the most seminal discoveries. He paints the intellectual and emotional landscape of each discovery, portrays the personalities and human drama of the scientists involved, and explains the significance and impact of the work. He explores such questions as whether there were common patterns of research, whether the discoveries were accidental or intentional, and whether the scientists were aware of or oblivious to the significance of what they had found. Finally, Lightman gives a guided tour through each of the original papers, which are included in the book.--From publisher description.

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The magic of math: solving for x and figuring out why

By Benjamin, Arthur

Publishing Date: [2015]

Classification: 500

Call Number: 510 BEN

"The Magic of Math is the math book you wish you had in school. Using a delightful assortment of examples--from ice cream scoops and poker hands to measuring mountains and making magic squares--this book empowers you to see the beauty, simplicity, and truly magical properties behind those formulas and equations that once left your head spinning. You'll learn the key ideas of classic areas of mathematics like arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus, but you'll also have fun fooling around with Fibonacci numbers, investigating infinity, and marveling over mathematical magic tricks that will make you look like a math genius!"--

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Everyday calculus: discovering the hidden math all around us

By Fernandez, Oscar E

Publishing Date: [2014]

Classification: 500

Call Number: 515 FER

Explains how people can apply the seemingly foreign ideas of calculus in helpful ways to their everyday lives.

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Sierra starlight: the astrophotography of Tony Rowell

By Rowell, Tony

Publishing Date: [2015]

Classification: 500

Call Number: 522.63 ROW

Tony Rowell, son of wilderness photographer Galen Rowell, has created a compelling world in his "astrophotographs" of nighttime landscapes awash with light from the cosmos. This new book showcases iconic Sierra Nevada landmarks, both natural and manmade, against the spectacular night sky. The Milky Way illuminates a fleet of boats in the harbor at Lake Tahoe; the old Methodist church at Bodie looks both inviting and spooky against the expanse of the night. At Mono Lake, spectral tufa towers stretch up to meet Leonid meteors; and farther west, water from Yosemite Falls cascades into a lunar rainbow. Accompanying several of the photographs are Rowell's stories of achieving a particular shot, stories that often include arduous feats such as carrying heavy packs of camera equipment at over 10,000-foot elevation and filming all night in subfreezing temperatures. - (Perseus Publishing)

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The jazz of physics: the secret link between music and the structure of the universe

By Alexander, Stephon

Publishing Date: [2016]

Classification: 500

Call Number: 523.1 ALE

"A theoretical physicist and jazz musician combines his two loves to present a new theory of the universe: sound as the link between Einstein's relativity with quantum mechanics"--Amazon.com.

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And soon I heard a roaring wind: a natural history of moving air

By Streever, Bill

Publishing Date: 2016

Classification: 500

Call Number: 551.518 STR

"Offers entertaining and science-based observations on the wind, from the world's first forecasts, to Chaos Theory, wind-riding spiders, wind-sculpted landscapes and wind-generated power. By the best-selling author of Cold and Heat,"--NoveList.

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The lagoon: how Aristotle invented science

By Leroi, Armand Marie

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 500

Call Number: 570.1 LER

Both a travelogue and a study of the origins of science. And it shows how a philosopher who lived almost two millennia ago still has so much to teach us today.

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Darwin: portrait of a genius

By Johnson, Paul

Publishing Date: 2012

Classification: 500

Call Number: 576.8 JOH

Darwin{u2019}s revolutionary career is the perfect vehicle for historian Paul Johnson. Marked by the insightful observation, spectacular wit, and highly readable prose for which Johnson is so well regarded, Darwin brings the gentleman-scientist and his times brilliantly into focus. From Darwin{u2019}s birth into great fortune to his voyage aboard the Beagle, to the long-delayed publication of his masterpiece, Johnson delves into what made this Victorian gentleman into a visionary scientist{u2014}and into the tragic flaws that later led Darwin to support the burgeoning eugenics movement.

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The drunken botanist: the plants that create the world's great drinks

By Stewart, Amy

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: 500

Call Number: 581.632 STE

Amy Stewart explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol over the centuries.

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California plants: a guide to our iconic flora

By Ritter, Matt

Publishing Date: [2018]

Classification: 500

Call Number: 581.9794 RIT

California Plants is an essential resource for outdoor enthusiasts. With his vibrant photographs and lively writing, Matt Ritter takes the reader on a journey through the Golden State's iconic landscapes and abundant plant life. This definitive guide features more than 500 species, along with detailed descriptions, fascinating natural history stories, and handy tree and wildflower color identification charts.

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Resurrection science: conservation, de-extinction and the precarious future of wild things

By O'Connor, M. R

Publishing Date: 2015

Classification: 500

Call Number: 591.68 OCO

"A tour of current advances in biology and ethics demonstrates how humans are increasingly in control of evolution, exploring how as the scientific community endeavors to save near-extinct species, the creatures being saved become less wild and more dependent,"--Novelist.

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The sound of a wild snail eating

By Bailey, Elisabeth Tova

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 500

Call Number: 594.38 BAI

In a work that beautifully demonstrates the rewards of closely observing nature, Elisabeth Bailey shares an inspiring and intimate story of her uncommon encounter with a "Neohelix albolabris" --a common woodland snail.

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Pigeons: the fascinating saga of the world's most revered and reviled bird

By Blechman, Andrew D.

Publishing Date: [2006]

Classification: 500

Call Number: 598.65 BLE

A study of pigeons and the people who both love and loathe them examines the natural history of this ubiquitous bird and explores the world of pigeon racing and breeding, and the radical "pro-pigeon underground" in New York City.

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