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  • May 2nd, 2019

    The Libraries will begin work on the on the Astronomy, Mathematics, and Physics Libraries’ consolidation project  this month (May 2019) and through 2020. When complete, there will be a combined […]

  • November 26th, 2018

    The Chronicle of Higher Education has just published an article entitled, “The New Canon:  What’s the Most Influential Book of the Past 20 Years?”  It’s an interesting read.  The books […]

  • June 6th, 2018

    Whether you read in the sun, under a shady tree on the Union Terrace or inside in the air conditioning there are lots of great summer reading lists out there.  […]

  • December 27th, 2017

    Physics Today has released their best books of 2017.  See Here are the books and links to our catalog: Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life by Helen Czersk […]

  • December 13th, 2017

    Symmetry Magazine has named its Best Physics Books of 2017.  Here are the books and links to our catalog. Ripples in Spacetime : Einstein, Gravitational Waves, and the Future of […]

  • November 16th, 2015

    Lisa Randall looks at the world a little differently.  She’s a big picture kind of physicist, literally.   Her latest book, Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the […]

  • November 12th, 2015

    UW-Madison alumnus Stuart Jorstaczer is looking to improve the image of scientists and mathematicians in popular media.  He gave the Friday Colloquium, “Just Because We’re Smart Doesn’t Mean We’re Crazy […]

  • October 19th, 2015

    Nobel prize winning author Frank Wilczek appears in Physics Today’s Questions and Answers with Frank Wilczek.  We have several of Wilczek’s books available in the Physics Library.  Check ’em out.

  • July 29th, 2015

    Looking for a good summer read? The Physics Library recently acquired a new biography by Frank Close, Half-life : the divided life of Bruno Pontecorvo, physicist or spy.  It tells […]

  • June 22nd, 2015

    Mario Livio, an astrophysicist at the Hubble Space Telescope Institute, was interviewed by Krista Tippett on her blog, On Being.  He talks about mathematics and the language of science. If […]

  • June 15th, 2015

    The New Yorker website has an interesting article,  “Can Reading Make You Happier?”   It talks about the benefits of bibliotheraphy, which I confess I have never heard of.  At least […]

  • November 10th, 2014

    Hello, again. After a short hiatus (lasting longer than we’d intended) we will begin posting again in Reconnect to Reading. In the November 7, 2014 issue of The Chronicle of […]

  • November 10th, 2014

    Editor’s Note:  We had interviewed Dalton Schnack in late 2013.  He has since passed away.  Here is the interview, posted posthumously.     What inspired you to write your book, […]

  • July 25th, 2014

    Check it out!  The folks over at the TED Blog have provided “Your Mega Summer Reading List” of books at’s a wide variety of subjects covered.

  • July 11th, 2014

    Happy Friday! We have lots of recently reviewed books for your reading pleasure. Check one out today! Book Reviews (Physics Today) Aaronson, Scott. Quantum Computing Since Democritus. Cambridge University Press, […]