Here you will find lists of new books that are displayed on our New Books shelf each month.
You can also check out our Physics Library reading blog and discover what’s new in the world of reading!
June highlights — “Rise of the Rocket Girls” by Holt; “Advances in Physics and Pueblo Pottery” by Harlow and Hanmon; “The Hunt for Vulcan” by Levenson; “The Radium Girls” by Hobson; a third biography of Ettore Majorana by Esposito; “The Only Woman in the Room” by Pollack; “The Origins of Everything” by Bercovici; gravity waves, lots of plasma books (for some reason) and a lot more. Just in time for summer reading.
March Highlights — “The Pope of Physics,” the new Fermi biography by Segrè and Hoerlin; “QBism” by von Baeyer; “Time Travel,” the latest offering by Gleick; “Einstein & Twentieth Century Politics” by Crockatt; “The Truthful Art,” a book about communication ; and several especially large tomes: “Particles and Quantum Fields” by Kleinert (1591 pages), “The Physics of Solids” by Ketterson (1026 pages) and “Plasma Physics and Fusion Plasma Electrodynamics,” by Bers (a whopping 2511 pages in two volumes!) Time to hit the books!
December Highlights –“The Jazz of Physics” by Stephon Alexander; a new edition of “Cosmic Rays and Particle Physics” by Thomas Gaisser; “Einstein at Home” (recollections of his housekeeper); Werner and Elizabeth Heisenberg’s letters in “My Dear Li : Correspondence 1937-1946”; “Women in Science” by Laura Ignotofsky, which includes a short profile of Sau Lan Wu; and a cartoon guide to quarks. All that and much more!
October Highlights — A Singularly Unfeminine Profession by Mary Gaillard; Black Hole Blues by Janna Levin; and my nominee for best book title ever: Why Quark Rhymes with Pork – a collection of N. David Mermin’s columns from Physics Today.
August Highlights: Tunnel Visions – revisit the death of the SSC; Joseph Conlon’s new string theory book (reviewed by Gary Shiu); Life on the Edge – a new book about quantum biology; Trick or Truth – essay winners that ponder whether math is real or just a trick and what does it have to do with physics?; and Path Integrals for Pedestrians. These great books and many more await on the August new books list..
July Highlights — A little bit for everybody this month. Revisit 20th century science in “Physics in a Mad World,” “The Physics of Ettore Majorana” and “Turing’s Cathedral.” There are new editions of old favorites, including Weinberg’s “Lectures on Quantum Mechanics”, Chen’s “Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion” and Jiles’ “Introduction to Magnetism and Magnetic Materials.”
May 2015 Highlights — Summer beach reading special! Golf! Hockey! Dinosaurs and dark matter! Bananas and primates! (wait – what??) And lots, lots more!
March 2016 Highlights — A new Planck biography , networking for nerds and a new edition of an old cosmology favorite.
November 2015 Highlights — Big Science (Hiltzik), A Beautiful Question (Wilczek), The Oxford Handbook of Soft Condensed Matter; and The Science of “The Big Bang Theory” (Zobel).
August 2015 Highlights — Steven Weinberg writes about the dawn of modern science in To Explain the World; Robert Crease and Alfred Goldhaber talk about the quantum in The Quantum Moment; and A.R.P. Rau talks about The Beauty of Physics.
June 2015 Highlights — Frank Close’s biography of Bruno Pontecorvo: Half-Life. You saw the movie now read the book: Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking. Particle Fever! And a dark chapter in physics: Serving the Reich by Phillip Ball.
April 2015 Highlights — Find your inner scientist in Eureka! by Chad Orzel, discover My Brief History by Stephen Hawking and think about the pleasure of reasoning and understanding with Laurence Viennot in Thinking in Physics.