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500-599 Pure Science

500-549 Math, Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry

550-599 Earth and Life Science, Plants, Animals        

500-549 Math, Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry


Impey, Chris and Holly Henry

Dreams of Other Worlds: The Amazing Story of Unmanned Space Exploration

472 pp., 6" x 9", 24 color illustrations, 41 halftones, 13 line illustrations, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

October 2013

Princeton University Press

"[W]ell-balanced....This richly illustrated work of remarkable scholarship spans the depths of the solar system, the Milky Way, and beyond, revealing how the great leaps forward in astronomy have brought into focus a landscape few could have imagined. The authors present a combination of hard science and edifying narrative that is both informative and entertaining."—Library Journal. "Refreshing....[W]ell-analysed and presented in a scholarly yet engaging way....[F]rom the interior of the Sun to the outer reaches of our Solar System—Impey and Henry are able guides."—Nature

LC 2013939381, ISBN 9780691147536 (c.)



National Research Council

Committee on the Analysis of Massive Data; Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics; Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Frontiers in Massive Data Analysis

190 pp., 6" x 9", $46.00 paper, CIP included

August 2013

National Academies Press

Frontiers in Massive Data Analysis examines the frontier of analyzing massive amounts of data, whether in a static database or streaming through a system. Data at that scale—terabytes and petabytes—is increasingly common in science (e.g., particle physics, remote sensing, genomics), Internet commerce, business analytics, national security, communications, and elsewhere. Overall, this report illustrates the cross-disciplinary knowledge from computer science, statistics, machine learning, and application disciplines that must be brought to bear to make useful inferences from massive data. Video of the Study Director explaining this report: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTyXpE5gxgw&feature=youtu.be

LC 2013944743, ISBN 9780309287784 (p.)



Stephenson, Steven L.

A Natural History of the Central Appalachians

304 pp., 7 1/2" x 9 1/2", 120 photographs, $29.99 paper, CIP included

March 2013

West Virginia University Press

Through its concise and accessible approach, A Natural History of the Central Appalachians thoroughly examines the biology and ecology of the plants, animals, and other organisms of this region of eastern North America.

LC 2012010724, ISBN 9781933202686 (p.)




Leverington, David

Encyclopedia of the History of Astronomy and Astrophysics

530 pp., 8" x 11", 81 b&w illustrations, 18 tables, $75.00 cloth, CIP included

May 2013

Cambridge University Press

Informative and accessibly written, this Encyclopedia offers a comprehensive guide to the history of astronomy and astrophysics. Each section offers extensive notes and bibliographies, while the consistent coverage, from ancient times to the present day, makes this an ideal resource for scholars, students, and amateur astronomers.

LC 2012036493, ISBN 9780521899949 (c.)




Waller, William H.

The Milky Way: An Insider's Guide

352 pp., 6" x 9", 32 color illustrations, 44 halftones, 49 line illustrations, 2 tables, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2013

Princeton University Press

"[A] thrilling story of our home galaxy, quite the best I've seen in popular astronomy books."—Times Higher Education. "[W]ell-written and accessible....Strongly recommended, as this volume should have a wide readership among student and lay astronomers."—Library Journal. "[E]rudite, yet eminently accessible....Another component of the author's winning strategy is evident in the book's subtitle; it's the most immediate example of Waller's playful and plainspoken use of language, an approach that helps make this exploration of our immediate stellar neighborhood a joy to read."—ForeWord

LC 2013930365, ISBN 9780691122243 (c.)


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550-599 Earth and Life Science, Plants, Animals


More, David and John White

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Trees Second Edition

832 pp., 7" x 10", 5,000+ color illustrations, $49.95 cloth, CIP included

June 2013

Princeton University Press

"This beautiful work is notable for its illustrations....Revisions and updates of genus and species are included in this edition....Recommended for all libraries."—-Booklist. "Recommended for libraries serving gardeners and readers who are interested in identifying trees on their land. Also for those readers interested in how many of the hybrid trees in this volume were created, where the trees originated, and how they came to the British Isles and America."—Library Journal. "The power of the book is the beauty and accuracy of its illustrations."—Choice

LC 2012945961, ISBN 9780691158235 (c.)



Petersen, Jens H.

The Kingdom of Fungi

272 pp., 8 1/2" x 11", 800+ color photographs, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2013

Princeton University Press

"An instant classic....The book's 800+ photographs accomplish a singular feat: they display the diagnostic features of a particular species—gill attachment or lack thereof, apothecial hairs, etc.—without sacrificing esthetics....The text is remarkable, too. It describes the ecology and biology of fungi, where fungi grow, and human interactions with fungi."—Boston Mycological Club Bulletin. "A lavish work....I cannot commend it too strongly, and if you have not yet seen it you are in for a real treat—perhaps a mycologist's equivalent of being a kid in a candy store."—IMA Fungus

LC 2012031873, ISBN 9780691157542 (c.)



Witton, Mark P.

Pterosaurs: Natural History, Evolution, Anatomy

304 pp., 8 1/2" x 11", 152 color illustrations, 26 halftones, 14 line illustrations, 17 maps, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

July 2013

Princeton University Press

"Witton's new tribute to pterosaurs gives these fantastic fossil creatures a much-needed makeover in two crucial ways. Not only does the book bring the science of pterosaurs up to date...but Witton is a highly-skilled and imaginative artist who ably reconstructs the bones of the animals and brings them back to life in startling poses. Witton's pterosaurs are fantastical creatures deserving their own time in the spotlight....Witton's combination of style and substance makes Pterosaurs a true treasure and an absolute must for anyone curious about the extinct flyers."—National Geographic.com

LC 2012042596, ISBN 9780691150611 (c.)



Ruse, Michael (Editor)

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Darwin and Evolutionary Thought

583 pp., 8" x 11", 337 b&w and 52 color illustrations, $175.00 cloth, CIP included

February 2013

Cambridge University Press

This volume is a comprehensive reference work on the life, labors, and influence of the great evolutionist Charles Darwin. With more than sixty essays written by an international group representing the leading scholars in the field, this is the definitive collection on Darwin and his work.

LC 2012010226, ISBN 9780521195317 (c.)




Finley, Willa F. and LaShara J. Nieland

Land of Enchantment Wildflowers: A Guide to the Plants of New Mexico

392 pp., 5 1/2" x 9", 456 color photographs, index, $29.95 paper, CIP included

November 2013

Texas Tech University Press

New Mexico is home to about 4,000 species of plants that inhabit the varied ecosystems found at the intersection of the Rocky Mountains, the Great Plains, and the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts. Authors Finley and Nieland traveled throughout New Mexico and photographed approximately 200 commonly encountered plants in all stages of growth from spring through fall. They also visited with Native Americans to learn the extensive practical ways in which they and their ancestors have used the flora. The research is presented in a colorful, well-organized format, using easily understood language appealing to wildflower enthusiasts of all levels of experience.

LC 2013940185, ISBN 9780896728226 (p.)




Vequist, Gary W. and Daniel S. Licht

Wildlife Watching in America's National Parks: A Seasonal Guide

244 pp., 5 3/4" x 8 1/4", 97 color photographs, 3 maps, 15 tables, index, $25.00 paper, CIP included

February 2013

Texas A&M University Press

Gary W. Vequist and Daniel S. Licht, two veterans of the National Park Service, focus on twelve animals that have been imperiled and at risk, but are now protected within the National Park System. Beyond being a guide to observing these remarkable animals, Wildlife Watching in America's National Parks...is also a book about America's national parks. Reminding Americans why national parks are truly our "best idea" and encouraging readers to go find out why, these career wildlife specialists stress that it is "impossible to fathom America without these animals and without the parks in which they reside." Nature lovers, travelers, and outdoor hobbyists of all types will be enthralled by this inside view of America's wildlife and the breathtaking photographs of places they inhabit.

LC 2012028695, ISBN 9781603448147 (p.)




Ulanski, Stan

The Billfish Story: Swordfish, Sailfish, Marlin, and Other Gladiators of the Sea

232 pp., 6" x 9", 20 b&w photographs, 11 figures, 5 color paintings, $26.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2013

University of Georgia Press

The Billfish Story tells the saga of a unique group of fish and those who have formed bonds with them—relationships forged by anglers, biologists, charter-boat captains, and conservationists through their pursuit, study, and protection of these species. Ulanski argues passionately that the billfish occupy a position of unique importance in our culture as a nexus linking natural and human history. Both a scientist and an angler, he brings a rich background to the subject in a multifaceted approach that will enrich not only readers' appreciation of billfish but the whole of the natural world.

LC 2013014747, ISBN 9780820341910 (c.)




Ouchley, Kelby

American Alligator: Ancient Predator in a Modern World

160 pp., 6" x 9", 8 color and 22 b&w photographs, $19.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2013

University Press of Florida

Having survived since the Mesozoic era, alligators teetered on the brink of extinction in the 1960s. Their recovery in the 1970s and 1980s was largely due to legislative intervention, and today populations are closely monitored throughout their range. American Alligator is the most up-to-date and comprehensive treatment of this resilient relic, a creature with a brain weighing less than half an ounce that has successfully adapted to a changing Earth for more than 200 million years. Kelby Ouchley chronicles the evolution of Alligator mississippiensis from "shieldcroc"—the last common ancestor of modern-day alligators, crocodiles, caimans, and the gharial—to its current role as keystone of the ecological health of America's southern swamps and marshes.

LC 2013020092, ISBN 9780813049137 (c.)




van Grouw, Katrina

The Unfeathered Bird

304 pp., 10" x 12", 385 duotones/color illustrations, $49.95 cloth, CIP included

February 2013

Princeton University Press

"Unsettling and irresistible....[The birds] are drawn and described in the text, with great skill and attention to the details—of their structure, their evolution and their lives—and with a slightly wicked sense of humor that appears often enough to lift the book beyond another compendium of bird life....[I]f you love the natural world for its astonishments, for something as obvious but thrilling as the huge variety of shapes that birds and their parts have evolved, then The Unfeathered Bird won't disappoint."—New York Times

LC 2012010955, ISBN 9780691151342 (c.)



Hirschfeld, Erik, Andy Swash, and Robert Still

The World's Rarest Birds

352 pp., 8 1/2" x 11", 103 color illustrations, 977 color photographs, 610 color maps, $45.00 cloth, CIP included

May 2013

Princeton University Press

This beautifully illustrated book vividly depicts the most threatened birds on Earth. "Dense, richly informative....Offers a showcase of struggling birds globally—but each shot through a lens that celebrates their diversity, vibrance, elegance, and enthusiastic displays."—Audubon Magazine. "[A] handsome volume....Most people will never see an Australian night parrot, a Floreana mockingbird, or a Jamaican pauraque. This book is an inexpensive way for birders and general readers to travel the world to see the rare and endangered."—Booklist

LC 2012945960, ISBN 9780691155968 (c.)



Borboroglu, Pablo Garcia and P. Dee Boersma (Editors)

Penguins: Natural History and Conservation

360 pp., 7 1/2" x 10", 200 color illustrations, 20 maps, 86 tables, bibliography, index, $40.00 cloth, CIP included

June 2013

University of Washington Press

"This refreshing approach is forward thinking and has the potential to stimulate more specific interest and research on penguin conservation. Additionally, the figures and photography are beautiful...this valuable resource is a must have for bird enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in conservation biology."—Choice Reviews

LC 2012046743, ISBN 9780295992846 (c.)




Crossley, Richard, Jerry Liguori, and Brian Sullivan

The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors

288 pp., 7 1/2" x 10", 101 color plates, 34 color maps, $29.95 paper, CIP included

May 2013

Princeton University Press

Part of the revolutionary Crossley ID Guide series, this is the first raptor guide with lifelike scenes composed from multiple photographs—scenes that allow you to identify raptors just as the experts do. "Marvelous, if slightly surreal....Crossley's charm lies in setting these birds against photographic dioramas..."—New York Times Book Review. "This revolutionary guide to hawks, eagles, falcons, and their allies features 101 arresting, full-page color plates that are each composites of multiple individual photos against natural backgrounds of raptors in varying distances and attitudes. An expert, substantial text."—Library Journal

LC 2012950890, ISBN 9780691157405 (p.)



McLeish, Todd

Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World

216 pp., 6" x 9", 12 illustrations, index, $26.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2013

University of Washington Press

"As one of the first general-interest books for adults dedicate[d] to the narwhal, it's an important first start. Full of science, story, and some amazing images, Narwhals introduces us to the 'sea unicorn's' world."—Orion

LC 2012037685, ISBN 9780295992648 (c.)




Petter, Jean-Jacques and François Desbordes

(Translated by Robert Martin)

Primates of the World: An Illustrated Guide

192 pp., 8" x 10", 72 color plates, 13 color illustrations, 7 line illustrations, 86 color maps, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2013

Princeton University Press

"Beautiful....Readers will be fascinated by what Petter describes as the 'dazzling diversity of primates,' and they'll be dazzled by the stunning illustrations. Highly recommended."—Library Journal. "This text offers readers brief yet substantial information on almost 300 species of primates....Introductory material provides significant information that is relevant across the primate species, including material on the origins of various primates, predators, social habits, classifications, and more....Appropriate for students or general readers interested in enhancing their knowledge of primates."—Booklist

LC 2013930446, ISBN 9780691156958 (c.)



Gee, Henry

The Accidental Species: Misunderstandings of Human Evolution

224 pp., 6" x 9", 8 line drawings, $26.00 cloth, CIP included

October 2013

The University of Chicago Press

The Accidental Species combines Gee's firsthand experience on the editorial side of many incredible paleontological findings as senior editor at Nature with healthy skepticism and humor to create a book that aims to overturn popular thinking on human evolution—the key is not what's missing, but how we're linked. "Gee...confronts two commonly held views of evolution and effectively demolishes both, persuasively arguing that evolution doesn't work the way most people believe it does and that the entire concept of 'human exceptionalism' (the idea that humans are fundamentally superior to other animals due to 'language, technology, or consciousness') is erroneous."—Publishers Weekly

LC 2013016599, ISBN 9780226284880 (c.)


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