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New Arrivals - Sciences

"For the first time, a historian of science draws evidence from across the world to show how humans and other animals are astonishingly similar when it comes to their feelings and the ways in which they lose their minds"-- Provided by publisher.

In this fresh and provocative view of a seven-million-year evolutionary journey, Finlayson demonstrates the radical implications for the interpretation of fossils and technologies and shows that understanding humans within an ecological context provides insights into the emergence and spread of Homo sapiens worldwide. Finlayson argues that environmental change, particularly availability of water, played a critical role in shaping the direction of human evolution, contributing to ourspread and success. He argues that our ancestors carved a niche for themselves by leaving the forest and forcing.

Spans gardening, cooking, crafts, health, beauty, and myth/lore, helping readers learn how to improve indoor air quality, create a golden years herb garden for seniors, keep invasive herbs in check, and soak up vibrational healing from roses, daisies, and other flowers.

Tells the story of the men and women at the Palomar Observatory in the San Gabriel Mountains of California who peer through the Hale Telescope at the farthest edges of space, attempting to solve the riddle of the beginning of time. The telescope itself is the main character. It is huge, seven stories tall, the heaviest working telescope on earth, with a mirror that is two hundred inches wide and took fourteen years to cast and polish. The telescope is used by astronomers like James E. Gunn, a "gadgeteer" who scavenges for junk parts and fashions them into sensitive instruments. Preston renders the obsessions and adventures of Gunn and his colleagues in an illuminating portrait of scientists in action and a luminous story of what modern astronomy is all about.--From the book jacket.

Organic chemistry has a long-standing reputation as a difficult course. This book takes a simple approach to the topic, allowing you to grasp concepts at your own pace, by explaining the basic principles of organic chemistry in simple terms, providing insight into the language of organic chemists, the major classes of compounds, and top trouble spots. You'll also get the nuts and bolts of tackling organic chemistry problems, from knowing where to start to spotting sneaky tricks that professors like to incorporate.

Offers an introduction to the principles of calculus, covering such topics as limits, differentiation, and integration.

In Is That a Fact?, author Dr. Joe Schwarcz carefully navigates through the storm of misinformation to help us separate fact from folly and shrewdness from foolishness.

Tales of a child's fascination with nature are interspersed with the author's lifelong research into the habits, history, and importance of bumblebees and his quest to reintroduce the short-haired bumblebee into its native land.