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History of Pi
History of Pi
Paperback      ISBN: 0312381859
Documents the calculation, numerical value, and use of the ratio from 2000 B.C. to the modern computer age, detailing social conditions in eras when progress was made
To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design
To Engineer Is Human
The Role of Failure in Successful Design
Paperback      ISBN: 0679734163
Examines the process of engineering design and explains what can be learned by studying unsuccessful designs and the reasons for their failure
Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness
Desert Solitaire
A Season in the Wilderness
Paperback      ISBN: 0671695886
An account of the author's experiences, observations, and reflections as a seasonal park ranger in southeast Utah
Physical Fluid Dynamics
Physical Fluid Dynamics
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0198544936
This book presents the physics of incompressible flow for the benefit of students and others who need to understand fluid motion. In this new edition, much of the material is new or rewritten, but the purpose and style of the first edition are retained. Particular emphasis is given to information obtained by experiment and observation in addition to analysis of the equations of motion. The book's primary concern is to convey a fundamental understanding of the behavior of fluids in motion. Special features include an introductory non-mathematical treatment of three particular flow configurations; extensive consideration of geophysical topics; and detailed coverage of topics that are known primarily through experimental data. Numerous photographs illustrate the phenomena discussed, and a concluding chapter demonstrates the wide applicability of fluid mechanics. New topics in the second edition include double diffusive convection and modern ideas about dynamical chaos. The discussion of instabilities has been restructured and the treatments of separation and of convection in horizontal layers considerably expanded.
The Pine Barrens
The Pine Barrens
Paperback      ISBN: 0374514429
Most people think of New Jersey as a suburban-industrial corridor that runs between New York and Philadelphia. Yet in the low center of the state is a near wilderness, larger than most national parks, which has been known since the seventeenth century as the Pine Barrens. The term refers to the predominant trees in the vast forests that cover the area and to the quality of the soils below, which are too sandy and acid to be good for farming. On all sides, however, developments of one kind or another have gradually moved in, so that now the central and integral forest is reduced to about a thousand square miles. Although New Jersey has the heaviest population density of any state, huge segments of the Pine Barrens remain uninhabited. The few people who dwell in the region, the “Pineys,” are little known and often misunderstood. Here McPhee uses his uncanny skills as a journalist to explore the history of the region and describe the people—and their distinctive folklore—who call it home. Most people think of New Jersey as a suburban-industrial corridor that runs between New York and Philadelphia. Yet in the low center of the state is a near wilderness, larger than most national parks, which has been known since the seventeenth century as the Pine Barrens. The term refers to the predominant trees in the vast forests that cover the area and to the quality of the soils below, which are too sandy and acid to be good for farming. On all sides, however, developments of one kind or another have gradually moved in, so that now the central and integral forest is reduced to about a thousand square miles. Although New Jersey has the heaviest population density of any state, huge segments of the Pine Barrens remain uninhabited. The few people who dwell in the region, the “Pineys,” are little known and often misunderstood. Here McPhee uses his uncanny skills as a journalist to explore the history of the region and describe the people—and their distinctive folklore—who call it home.
Travels of William Bartram
Travels of William Bartram
Paperback      ISBN: 0486200132
First inexpensive, illustrated edition of early classic on American geography, plants, Indians, wildlife, early settlers. Naturalist's poetic, lovely account of travels through Florida, Georgia, Carolinas from 1773 to 1778. Influenced Coleridge, Wordsworth, Chateaubriand. "A book of extraordinary beauty..." — New York Times. 13 illustrations.
Cartoon Guide to Physics
Cartoon Guide to Physics
Paperback      ISBN: 0062731009
Humorous cartoons illustrate basic concepts in physics.
The Star Thrower
The Star Thrower
Paperback      ISBN: 0156849097
A treasury of Loren Eiseley's writings, selected by the internationally acclaimed author himself, displays his wisdom, insights, and vision as a naturalist, poet, scientist, humanist, and autobiographer
The Growth of Biological Thought: Diversity, Evolution, and Inheritance
The Growth of Biological Thought
Diversity, Evolution, and Inheritance
Paperback      ISBN: 0674364465
An incisive study of the development of the biological sciences chronicles the origins, maturation, and modern views of the classification of life forms, the evolution of species, and the inheritance and variation of characteristics
The Construction of Modern Science: Mechanisms and Mechanics
The Construction of Modern Science
Mechanisms and Mechanics
Paperback      ISBN: 0521292956
The interplay between the Platonic-Pythagorean tradition and the mechanical philosophy during the 'scientific revolution'.