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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Sharing nature with children: the classic parents' & teachers' nature awareness guidebook

By Cornell, Joseph Bharat

Publishing Date: 1998

Classification: 500

Call Number: 508 COR

As this classic title approaches its 20th anniversary, Cornell has drawn upon a wealth of experience in nature education to significantly revise and expand his book. New nature game favorites from the field--and Cornell's typically insightful commentary--will make this second edition even more valuable to nature lovers worldwide.

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Dragon hunter: Roy Chapman Andrews and the Central Asiatic expeditions

By Gallenkamp, Charles

Publishing Date: 2002

Classification: 500

Call Number: 508.092 GAL

The New York Times science editor John Noble Wilford has called it "the most celebrated fossil-hunting expedition of the twentieth century." Led by world-renowned explorer Roy Chapman Andrews, the Central Asiatic expeditions uncovered unimagined scientific wonders: Mongolia's Flaming cliffs, dinosaur eggs, the first skeleton of Velociraptor (the terrifying killer of Jurassic Park fame), and a fossil treasure trove of other dinosaurs and extinct mammals. In Dragon Hunter, Charles Gallenkamp vividly recounts these extraordinary adventures while telling Andrews's incredible life story - from his beginnings as a floor sweeper at the American Museum of Natural History to his international fame as one of the century's most acclaimed explorers. Lavishly illustrated with photographs from the original expeditions, Dragon Hunter is a thrilling page-turner that takes readers along on one of the most important scientific adventures in modern history. -- from back cover.

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Astrophysics for people in a hurry

By Tyson, Neil deGrasse

Publishing Date: [2017]

Classification: 500

Call Number: 523.01 TYS

"The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist. What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day. While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe"--

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How to make an apple pie from scratch: in search of the recipe for our universe-from the origins of atoms to the big bang

By Cliff, Harry

Publishing Date: [2021]

Classification: 500

Call Number: 523.0197 CLI

"By an experimental physicist who works on the Large Hadron Collider, a mind-altering look at the foundational questions bedeviling modern physics, among them: Where does matter come from? Carl Sagan famously said, "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe." But what fundamental matter is the universe made of? What banged in the Big Bang? And how did that matter arise from nothing into the world we now know? In How to Make an Apple Pie from Scratch, Harry Cliff--a University of Cambridge particle physicist, researcher on the Large Hadron Collider, and acclaimed science presenter--sets out in pursuit of answers. He ventures to the largest underground research facility in the world, deep beneath Italy's Gran Sasso mountains, where scientists look into the heart of the Sun using the most elusive of particles, the ghostly neutrino. He visits CERN in Switzerland to behold the 'Antimatter Factory,' where this stuff of science fiction is manufactured daily (and we're close to knowing whether it falls up). Cliff illuminates the history of physics and chemistry that brought us to our present understanding--and misunderstandings--of the world, while offering readers a front row seat to the dramatically unfolding quest to unlock, at long last, the secrets of our universe. A transfixing deep-dive into the origins of the world, How to Make an Apple Pie from Scratch investigates not just the makeup of our universe, but the awe-inspiring, improbable fact that it exists at all"--

Journey of the universe

By Swimme, Brian

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: 500

Call Number: 523.1 SWI

"Today we know what no previous generation knew: the history of the universe and of the unfolding of life on Earth. Through the astonishing combined achievements of natural scientists worldwide, we now have a detailed account of how galaxies and stars, planets and living organisms, human beings and human consciousness came to be. And yet ... we thirst for answers to questions that have haunted humanity from the very beginning. What is our place in the 14-billion-year history of the universe? What roles do we play in Earth's history? How do we connect with the intricate web of life on Earth? In Journey of the Universe Brian Thomas Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker tell the epic story of the universe from an inspired new perspective, weaving the findings of modern science together with enduring wisdom found in the humanistic traditions of the West, China, India, and indigenous peoples. The authors explore cosmic evolution as a profoundly wondrous process based on creativity, connection, and interdependence, and they envision an unprecedented opportunity for the world's people to address the daunting ecological and social challenges of our times. Journey of the Universe transforms how we understand our origins and envision our future. Though a little book, it tells a big story one that inspires hope for a way in which Earth and its human civilizations could flourish together. This book is part of a larger project that includes a documentary film, an educational DVD series, and a website. The film and the DVD series will be released in 2011. For more information, please consult the website, journeyoftheuniverse.org"--

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A brief history of Earth: four billion years in eight chapters

By Knoll, Andrew H.

Publishing Date: 2021

Classification: 500

Call Number: 525 KNO

The story of our home planet and the organisms spread across its surface is far more spectacular than any Hollywood blockbuster, filled with enough plot twists to rival a bestselling thriller. But only recently have we begun to piece together the whole mystery into a coherent narrative. Drawing on his decades of field research and up-to-the-minute understanding of the latest science, geologist Andrew H. Knoll delivers a biography of Earth, charting our home planet's epic 4.6 billion-year story.

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Cosmological Koans: a journey to the heart of physical reality

By Aguirre, Anthony

Publishing Date: [2019]

Classification: 500

Call Number: 530 AGU

"A leading physicist unravels the mysteries of the universe through pleasingly paradoxical Zen- style vignettes. Cosmological Koans takes a fresh approach to explaining the most mind- bending concepts in physics and cosmology by invoking the ancient Zen tradition of the Koan. Anthony Aguirre presents more than fifty beguiling Koans (Could there be a civilization in a mote of dust? How much of your fate have you made? Who cleans the universe?) that explore the strange hinterland between the deep structure of the physical world and our personal experience of it. With a flair for explaining complex science, Aguirre covers cosmic questions from the nature of time to the origin of multiple universes, and shows how scientific giants from Aristotle to Galileo to Heisenberg have grappled with them. A playful and enlightening book, Cosmological Koans gives readers what Einstein himself called "the most beautiful and deepest experience" anyone can have: a sense of the mysterious"--

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Chemistry for dummies

By Moore, John T

Publishing Date: 2003

Classification: 500

Call Number: 540 MOO

Uses examples from everyday life to explain basic chemistry.

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A little closer to home: how I found the calm after the storm

By Zee, Ginger

Publishing Date: 2021

Classification: 500

Call Number: 551.6309 ZEE

When Ginger Zee opened her life to readers in Natural Disaster, the response was enormous. She put a very relatable if surprising face on depression and has helped lessen the stigma surrounding mental health issues. But Ginger tells us, Natural Disaster was ""Ginger Lite" and only scratched the surface. In this moving follow-up, Ginger shares her truest self. She spent most of her life shielding her vulnerabilities from the world all while being a professional people pleaser. Her stormy childhood, her ongoing struggles with crippling depression, her suicide attempts, and many other life experiences will resonate with readers who are likely to see themselves along the way. In spite of its serious subject matter, Ginger's positive, life-affirming outlook comes through loud and clear. Written with great heart and quite a bit of humor, Ginger normalizes issues and challenges millions of people face every day.

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Fire, faults & floods: a road & trail guide exploring the origins of the Columbia River basin

By Mueller, Marge

Publishing Date: 1997

Classification: 500

Call Number: 557.97 MUE

A wonderous collection of soaring cliffs, deep coulees, basalt dike walls, water-filled potholes, flood carved caves and broad channels of one-time rivers spreads across eastern and central Washington and northern Oregon. Fifty-three trips are targeted to assist readers in finding and understanding the area's major geologic features. Ninety-five black and white photographs and 80 maps and illustrations accompany the text. - (Univ of Nebraska)

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The stuff of life: a graphic guide to genetics and DNA

By Schultz, Mark

Publishing Date: 2009

Classification: 500

Call Number: 576.5 SCH

Learn about the fundamentals of human DNA and evolution in clear, simple language.

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Gods with amnesia: subterranean worlds of inner earth

By Sepehr, Robert

Publishing Date: [2016]

Classification: 500

Call Number: 577.584 SEP

"The idea that our planet consists of a hollow, or honeycombed, interior is not new. Some of the oldest cultures speak of civilizations inside of vast cavern-cities, within the bowels of the earth. According to certain Buddhist and Hindu traditions, secret tunnels connect Tibet with a subterranean paradise, and they call this legendary underworld Agartha. In India, this underground oasis is best known by its Sanskrit name, Shambhala, thought to mean 'place of tranquility.' Mythologies throughout the world, from South America to the Arctic, describe numerous entrances to these fabled inner kingdoms. Many occult organizations, esoteric authors, and secret societies concur with these myths and legends of subterranean inhabitants, who are the remnants of antediluvian civilizations, which sought refuge in hollow caverns inside the earth. Assuming that the myths are true, and the Earth is partially hollow, how could life survive underground? How would organisms receive the ventilation required to breathe miles below the surface? What would provide the light needed to see, or to cause the photosynthesis necessary for the plant life that allegedly exists in these inner worlds? Are there any known sources of sustenance available that could provide for a large human population? What evidence is there that a sustainable biosphere could exist miles below the surface, totally isolated from the nourishment and the established life cycle provided by the sun? Where are the entrances to inner earth, and which races live there? Author and anthropologist, Robert Sepehr, explores these questions and attempts to unlock their riddles, which have eluded any serious consideration in mainstream academia"--Amazon

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The moon by whale light: and other adventures among bats, penguins, crocodilians, and whales

By Ackerman, Diane

Publishing Date: 1992

Classification: 500

Call Number: 591 ACK

Publisher's description: In a rare blend of scientific fact and poetic truth, the acclaimed author of A Natural History of the Senses explores the activities of whales, penguins, bats, and crocodilians, plunging headlong into nature and coming up with highly entertaining treasures.

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Beloved beasts: fighting for life in an age of extinction

By Nijhuis, Michelle

Publishing Date: [2021]

Classification: 500

Call Number: 591.68 NIJ

"A vibrant history of the modern conservation movement-told through the lives and ideas of the people who built it. In the late nineteenth century, as humans came to realize that our rapidly industrializing and globalizing societies were driving other animal species to extinction, a movement to protect and conserve them was born. In Beloved Beasts, acclaimed science journalist Michelle Nijhuis traces the movement's history: from early battles to save charismatic species such as the American bison and bald eagle to today's global effort to defend life on a larger scale. She describes the vital role of scientists and activists such as Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson as well as lesser-known figures in conservation history; she reveals the origins of vital organizations like the Audubon Society and the World Wildlife Fund; she explores current efforts to protect species such as the whooping crane and the black rhinoceros; and she confronts the darker side of conservation, long shadowed by racism and colonialism. As the destruction of other species continues and the effects of climate change escalate, Beloved Beasts charts the ways conservation is becoming a movement for the protection of all species-including our own"--

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Keeping the bees: why all bees are at risk and what we can do to save them

By Packer, Laurence Dennis Marchant

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 500

Call Number: 595.799 PAC

"From the jungles of South America to the deserts of Arizona, one thing remains consistent: bees are disappearing. A world without bees would be much less colourful, with fewer flowers. But that's not all-bees are responsible for up to one-third of our food supply, and the consequences of not taking action to protect them are frightening. While the media focuses on colony-collapse disorder and the threats to honey bees specifically, the real danger is much greater: all bees are at risk, whether it be from loss of habitat, pesticide use or disease, among other factors. And because of the integral role these insects play in the ecology of our planet, we may be at risk as well. In Keeping the Bees, Laurence Packer, a melittologist whose life revolves around bees, debunks many myths about these creatures and takes us behind the scenes with scientists around the world who are working to save these fascinating creatures before it's too late."--Publisher description.

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Bond's biology of fishes

By Barton, Michael

Publishing Date: c2007

Classification: 500

Call Number: 597 BAR

Master the study of fishes with BOND'S BIOLOGY OF FISHES! Providing an excellent background for the study of more advanced works on fishes, this fish biology text gives you a clear and concise introduction to the study of fishes and provides you with tools that you need to succeed. - (Cengage Learning)

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Penguins and other sea birds

By Sewell, Matt

Publishing Date: [2016]

Classification: 500

Call Number: 598.177 SEW

"Penguins are among the world's most beloved birds. In this enchanting guide, Matt Sewell captures 50 species of penguins and other sea bird favorites like puffins and albatrosses. From the Little Penguin, who is only 13 inches tall, to the Fiordland Crested Penguin, who sports bushy yellow eyebrows, these charismatic birds are sure to delight both young and old"--Back cover.

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