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Global climate change policy and carbon markets : transition to a new era
Rosenzweig, Richard H., author
London : Palgrave Macmillan, [2016]
Baker Berry QC903 .R65 2016

Global climate change : turning knowledge into action
Kitchen, David, 1956-
Boston : Pearson, [2014]
The evidence: is this normal? -- So what's up with the weather? -- Evidence of climate change -- Follow the energy: atmosphere, oceans, and climate -- Energy and earth's climate -- Understanding weather and climate -- Deep time: a long history of natural climate change -- Revealing ancient climate -- Climate history -- Impacts of climate change: from polar bears to politics -- The global impact of climate change -- People and politics -- Global solutions: managing the crisis -- The energy crisis -- Turning knowledge into action.
On Reserve at Kresge QC903 .K562 2014

Storm in a teacup : the physics of everyday life
Czerski, Helen, 1978- author
London : W.W. Norton & Company, 2017
Popcorn and rockets -- What goes up must come down -- Small is beautiful -- A moment in time -- Making waves -- Why don't ducks get cold feet? -- Spoons, spirals and Sputnik -- When opposites attract -- A sense of perspective.

"A physicist explains daily phenomena from the mundane to the magisterial. Take a look up at the stars on a clear night and you get a sense that the universe is vast and untouchable, full of mysteries beyond comprehension. But did you know that the key to unveiling the secrets of the cosmos is as close as the nearest toaster? In Storm in a Teacup, Helen Czerski provides the tools to alter the way we see everything around us by linking ordinary objects and occurrences, like popcorn popping, coffee stains, and fridge magnets, to big ideas like climate change, the energy crisis, or innovative medical testing. She guides us through the principles of gases ("Explosions in the kitchen are generally considered a bad idea. But just occasionally a small one can produce something delicious"); gravity (drop some raisins in a bottle of carbonated lemonade and watch the whoosh of bubbles and the dancing raisins at the bottom bumping into each other); size (Czerski explains the action of the water molecules that cause the crime-scene stain left by a puddle of dried coffee); and time (why it takes so long for ketchup to come out of a bottle). Along the way, she provides answers to vexing questions: How does water travel from the roots of a redwood tree to its crown? How do ducks keep their feet warm when walking on ice? Why does milk, when added to tea, look like billowing storm clouds? In an engaging voice at once warm and witty, Czerski shares her stunning breadth of knowledge to lift the veil of familiarity from the ordinary. You may never look at your toaster the same way"--
Kresge Popular Science QC75 .C94 2017

An introduction to applied electromagnetics and optics
Mitin, V. V. author
Boca Raton : CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, [2017]
Section 1. Electric and magnetic fields in isotropic media -- Section 2. Electromagnetic waves in homogeneous, heterogeneous, and anisotropic media -- Section 3. Electromagnetic waves in periodic and waveguiding structures -- Section 4. Advanced topics in electromagnetics and optics.

This book provides exceptional insights into designing intelligent materials and structures for special applications in engineering. The author introduces the fundamental materials science involved in research endeavors and simultaneously reviews the current state-of-the-art intelligent materials and structures.
Kresge QC760 .M545 2017

Fashion, faith, and fantasy in the new physics of the universe
Penrose, Roger, author
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2016]
Fashion. Mathematical elegance as a driving force ; Some fashionable physics of the past ; Particle-physics background to string theory ; The superposition principle in QFT ; The power of Feynman diagrams ; The original key ideas of string theory ; Time in Einstein's general relativity ; Weyl's gauge theory of electromagnetism ; Functional freedom in Kaluza-Klein and string models ; Quantum obstructions to functional freedom? ; Classical instability of higher-dimensional string theory ; The fashionable status of string theory ; M-theory ; Supersymmetry ; AdS/CFT ; Brane-worlds and the landscape -- Faith. The quantum revelation ; Max Planck's E = hv ; The wave-particle paradox ; Quantum and classical levels : C, U, and R ; Wave function of a point-like particle ; Wave function of a photon ; Quantum linearity ; Quantum measurement ; The geometry of quantum spin ; Quantum entanglement and EPR effects ; Quantum functional freedom ; Quantum reality ; Objective quantum state reduction : a limit to the quantum faith? -- Fantasy. The Big Bang and FLRW cosmologies ; Black holes and local irregularities ; The second law of thermodynamics ; The Big Bang paradox ; Horizons, comoving volumes, and conformal diagrams ; The phenomenal precision in the Big Bang ; Cosmological entropy? ; Vacuum energy ; Inflationary cosmology ; The anthropic principle ; Some more fantastical cosmologies -- A new physics for the universe? Twistor theory : an alternative to strings? ; Whither quantum foundations? ; Conformal crazy cosmology? ; A personal coda -- Appendix A. Mathematical appendix. Iterated exponents ; Functional freedom of fields ; Vector spaces ; Vector bases, coordinates, and duals ; Mathematics of manifolds ; Manifolds in physics ; Bundles ; Functional freedom via bundles ; Complex numbers ; Complex geometry ; Harmonic analysis.

"What can fashionable ideas, blind faith, or pure fantasy possibly have to do with the scientific quest to understand the universe? Surely, theoretical physicists are immune to mere trends, dogmatic beliefs, or flights of fancy? In fact, acclaimed physicist and best-selling author Roger Penrose argues that researchers working at the extreme frontiers of physics are just as susceptible to these forces as anyone else. In this provocative book, he argues that fashion, faith, and fantasy, while sometimes productive and even essential in physics, may be leading today's researchers astray in three of the field's most important areas--string theory, quantum mechanics, and cosmology.... The result is an important critique of some of the most significant developments in physics today from one of its most eminent figures."--Dust jacket.
Baker Berry Cook QC6 .P367 2016

The Pope of Physics : Enrico Fermi and the birth of the atomic age
Segrè, Gino, author
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016
Family roots -- The Little Match (Il Piccolo Fiammifero) -- Leaning in: physics and Pisa -- Student days -- The young protégé -- The summer of 1924 -- Florence -- Quantum leaps -- Enrico and Laura -- The boys of Via Panisperna -- The Royal Academy -- Crossing the Atlantic -- Bombarding the neutron -- Decay -- The neutron comes to Rome -- The rise and fall of the boys -- Transitions -- Stockholm calls -- Fission -- News travels -- Chain reaction -- The race begins -- New Americans and the birth of the pile -- The sleeping giant -- Chicago bound -- Critical pile (CP-1) -- The day the atomic age was born -- The Manhattan project: a three-legged stool -- Signor Fermi becomes Mister Farmer -- Götterdämmerung -- The hill -- "No acceptable alternative" -- Aftershock -- Goodbye, Mr. Farmer -- Physicist with a capital 'F' -- The Fermi method -- The super -- Circling back -- Summer of '54 -- Farewell to the navigator.

"The first full-scale biography of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist and one of the fathers of the atomic age, Enrico Fermi. Enrico Fermi is unquestionably the most famous scientist to come from Italy since Galileo, so revered that he's known as The Pope of Physics. A modest, unassuming man, Fermi was nevertheless one of the most productive and creative scientists of the twentieth century, one of the fathers of the Atomic Bomb and a Nobel Prize winner whose contributions to physics and nuclear technology live on today, with the largest particle accelerator in the United States and the nation's most significant science and technology award both bearing his name. In this, the first major biography of Fermi in English, Gino Segre, professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania, brings this scientific visionary to life. An examination of the human dramas that touched Fermi's life as well as a thrilling history of scientific innovation in the twentieth century--including the birth of one of its most controversial disciplines, nuclear physics--this is the comprehensive biography that Fermi deserves"--
Kresge Popular Science QC16.F46 S44 2016

Isaac Newton
May, Andrew (Freelance writer), author
Stroud : The History Press, 2015
Baker Berry QC16.N7 M3743 2016

Albert Einstein
May, Andrew (Freelance writer), author
Stroud : The History Press, 2016
Baker Berry QC16.E5 M3743 2016

Light scattering by ice crystals : fundamentals and applications
Liou, Kuo-Nan, author
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2016
Ice in the Earth's atmosphere -- Fundamentals of light scattering by ice crystals -- Principles of geometric optics for application to light scattering by ice crystals -- Other useful approaches to light scattering by ice particles -- Application of light scattering by ice crystals to remote sensing -- Application of light scattering by ice crystals to climate studies.
Kresge QC427.4 .L56 2016

Drought in Brazil : proactive management and policy
edited by Erwin De Nys, L. Nathan Engle, Antônio Rocha Magalhães
Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, [2017]
Baker Berry QC929.28.B6 D76 2017

Atmospheric radar : application and science of MST radars in the Earth's mesosphere, stratosphere, troposphere, and weakly ionized regions
Hocking, W. K., author
New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2016
An overview of the atmosphere -- The history of radar in atmospheric investigation -- Refractive index of the atmosphere and ionosphere -- Fundamental concepts of radar remote sensing -- Configuration of atmospheric radars: antennas, beam patterns, electronics and calibration -- Calibration -- Derivation of atmospheric parameters -- Digital processing of doppler radar signals -- Multiple-receiver and multiple-frequency radar techniques -- Extended and miscellaneous applications of atmospheric radars -- Final comments.

"Richly illustrated, and including both an extensive bibliography and index, this indispensable guide brings together the theory, design, and applications of atmospheric radar. It explains the basic thermodynamics and dynamics of the troposphere, stratosphere, and mesosphere, and discusses the physical and engineering principles behind one of the key tools used to study these regions - MST radars. Key topics covered include antennas, signal propagation, and signal processing techniques. A wide range of practical applications are discussed, including the use of atmospheric radar to study wind profiles, tropospheric temperature, and gravity waves. A detailed overview of radar designs provides a wealth of knowledge and tools, providing readers with a strong basis for building their own instruments. This is an essential resource for graduate students and researchers working in the areas of radar engineering, remote sensing, meteorology, and atmospheric physics, as well as for practitioners in the radar industry"--
Kresge QC973.5 .H63 2016

Quantum fuzz : the strange true makeup of everything around us
Walker, Michael S., 1939- author
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2017
Discovery and understanding (1900-1927). Planck, Einstein, Bohr : experiments and early ideas ; Heisenberg, Dirac, Schrödinger : quantum mechanics and the quantum atom ; Application : six hundred million watts! -- Interpretation and mind-boggling implications (1916-2016). The essential features of quantum mechanics ; Clash of titans : what is real? Uncertainty, entanglement, John Bell, and many worlds ; What does it all mean? : quantum mechanics, mathematics, and the nature of science ; Applications : quantum computing, code cracking, teleportation, and encryption -- Our world of relativity and the quantum, from the Big Bang to the galaxies. Galaxies, black holes, gravity waves, matter, the forces of nature, the Higgs boson, dark matter, dark energy, and string theory -- The many-electron atom and the foundations of chemistry and materials science. Energy, momentum, and the spatial states of the electrons in the hydrogen atom ; Spin and magnetism ; Exclusion and the Periodic table ; The physics underlying the chemistry of the elements ; A few types of chemical bonds, for example ; The makeup of solid materials ; Insulators and electrical conduction in normal metals and semiconductors -- Quantum wonders in materials and devices, large and small. Superconductors I : definition, and applications in transportation, medicine, and computing ; Fusion for electrical power, and lasers also for defense ; Magnetism, magnets, magnetic materials, and their applications ; Graphene, nanotubes, and one "dream" application ; Semiconductors and electronic applications ; Superconductors II : large scale applications in science, power generation, and transmission -- Appendix A. The nature and spectrum of electromagnetic waves -- Appendix B. Empirical development of the Periodic Table of Elements -- Appendix C. Quantum computer development -- Appendix D. The atomic sizes and chemistries of the elements -- Appendix E. The production of X-rays.

"A lucid introduction to the basics of quantum physics for the lay reader, showing how much the scientific understanding of reality has changed in the last century and how important this science is to technology, the economy, and modern life" --
Kresge QC174.12 .W347 2017

Quantum field theory II : introductions to quantum gravity, supersymmetry and string theory
Manoukian, Edouard B., author
Switzerland : Springer, 2016
Preface -- Introduction to Quantum Gravity -- Introduction to Supersymmetry -- Introduction to String Theory -- Appendices -- Solutions to the Problems -- Index.

This book takes a pedagogical approach to explaining quantum gravity, supersymmetry and string theory in a coherent way. It is aimed at graduate students and researchers in quantum field theory and high-energy physics. The first part of the book introduces quantum gravity, without requiring previous knowledge of general relativity (GR). The necessary geometrical aspects are derived afresh leading to explicit general Lagrangians for gravity, including that of general relativity. The quantum aspect of gravitation, as described by the graviton, is introduced and perturbative quantum GR is discussed. The Schwinger-DeWitt formalism is developed to compute the one-loop contribution to the theory and renormalizability aspects of the perturbative theory are also discussed. This follows by introducing only the very basics of a non-perturbative, background-independent, formulation of quantum gravity, referred to as "loop quantum gravity", which gives rise to a quantization of space. In the second part the author introduces supersymmetry and its consequences. The generation of superfields is represented in detail. Supersymmetric generalizations of Maxwell?s Theory as well as of Yang-Mills field theory, and of the standard model are worked out. Spontaneous symmetry breaking, improvement of the divergence problem in supersymmetric field theory, and its role in the hierarchy problem are covered. The unification of the fundamental constants in a supersymmetric version of the standard model are then studied. Geometrical aspects necessary to study supergravity are developed culminating in the derivation of its full action. The third part introduces string theory and the analysis of the spectra of the mass (squared) operator associated with the oscillating strings. The properties of the underlying fields, associated with massless particles, encountered in string theory are studied in some detail. Elements of compactification, duality and D-branes are given, as well of the generation of vertices and interactions of strings. In the final sections, the author shows how to recover GR and the Yang-Mills field Theory from string theory. .
Kresge QC174.45 .M36 2016

Quarks, leptons and the big bang
Allday, Jonathan, author
Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, [2017]
The standard model -- Relativity for particle physics -- Quantum theory -- The leptons -- Antimatter -- Hadrons -- Hadron reactions -- Particle decays -- The evidence for quarks -- Experimental techniques -- Exchange forces -- The big bang -- The geometry of space -- Contributions to ō -- Inflation : a cure for all ills -- Precision cosmology.

"Quarks, Leptons and The Big Bang, Third Edition, is a clear, readable and self-contained introduction to particle physics and related areas of cosmology. It bridges the gap between non-technical popular accounts and textbooks for advanced students. The book concentrates on presenting the subject from the modern perspective of quarks, leptons and the forces between them. This book will be of interest to students, teachers and general science readers interested in fundamental ideas of modern physics. This edition brings the book completely up to date by including advances in particle physics and cosmology, such as the discovery of the Higgs boson, the LIGO gravitational wave discovery and the WMAP and PLANCK results. Features: Builds on the success of previous editions, which have received very complimentary reviews ; focuses on key ideas as they are now, rather than taking a historical approach ; restricts the use of mathematics, making the book suitable for high school or first-year university level students ; this third edition incorporates advances in particle physics and cosmology ; written in an accessible, yet rigorous style"--
Kresge QC793.2 .A394 2017

The mathematics that power our world : how is it made?
Khoury, Joseph, 1968-
New Jersey : World Scientific, [2016]
What makes a calculator calculate? -- Basics of data compression, prefix-free codes and Huffman codes -- The JPEG standard -- Global positioning system (GPS) -- Image processing and face recognition.

"The book is an attempt to unveil the hidden mathematics behind the functioning of many of the devices we use on a daily basis. For the past years, discussions on the best approach in teaching and learning mathematics have shown how much the world is divided on this issue. The one reality we seem to agree on globally is the fact that our new generation is lacking interest and passion for the subject. One has the impression that the vast majority of young students finishing high school or in their early post-secondary studies are more and more divided into two main groups when it comes to the perception of mathematics. The first group looks at mathematics as a pure academic subject with little connection to the real world. The second group considers mathematics as a set of tools that a computer can be programmed to use and thus, a basic knowledge of the subject is sufficient. This book serves as a middle ground between these two views. Many of the elegant and seemingly theoretical concepts of mathematics are linked to state-of-the-art technologies. The topics of the book are selected carefully to make that link more relevant. They include: digital calculators, basics of data compression and the Huffman coding, the JPEG standard for data compression, the GPS system studied both from the receiver and the satellite ends, image processing and face recognition."--Provided by publisher.
Baker Berry Cook QC88 .K46 2016

Climate diplomacy from Rio to Paris : the effort to contain global warming
Sweet, William, 1946- author
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]
Part I. The stakes. Can catastrophic climate change be averted? -- What else is at stake? -- Can diplomacy deliver? -- Part II. The players. The superpowers -- BRICs, BASICs, and beyond -- Sentimental attachments, existential threats -- Part III. The action. The road to Rio -- Rio and Kyoto -- Copenhagen -- The road to Paris -- Epilogue: The Paris Agreement.

"Can the global community prevent dangerous climate change? This was the mission it set itself at the 1992 Earth Summit, and this was the concern that prompted 100,000 demonstrators to turn out in the streets of New York in September 2014, when the UN secretary-general convened a global climate summit. Climate Diplomacy from Rio to Paris assesses the dramatic twenty-five -year effort to arrive at a consensus about how to contain global warming and concludes with an on-the-spot analysis of the December 2015 Paris accords."--Page [4] of cover.
Baker Berry QC981.8.G56 S944 2016

Particle physics
Martin, B. R. author
Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom : John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 2017
Some basic concepts -- Leptons and the weak interaction -- Quarks and hadrons -- Experimental methods -- Space-time symmetries -- The quark model -- QCD, jets and gluons -- Quarks and leptons -- Weak interactions: quarks and leptons -- Weak interactions: electroweak unification -- Discrete symmetries: C, P, CP and CPT -- Beyond the standard model.
Kresge QC793.2 .M38 2017

Discovery of the Higgs boson
editors, Aleandro Nisati, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare - Sezione di Roma, Italy, Vivek Sharma, University of California, San Diego
New Jersey : World Scientific, [2017]
"The recent observation of the Higgs boson has been hailed as the scientific discovery of the century and led to the 2013 Nobel Prize in physics. This book describes the detailed science behind the decades-long search for this elusive particle at the Large Electron Positron Collider at CERN and at the Tevatron at Fermilab and its subsequent discovery and characterization at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Written by physicists who played leading roles in this epic search and discovery, this book is an authoritative and pedagogical exposition of the portrait of the Higgs boson that has emerged from a large number of experimental measurements. As the first of its kind, this book should be of interest to graduate students and researchers in particle physics"--
Kresge QC793.5.B62 D57 2017

Resolving spectral mixtures : with applications from ultrafast time-resolved spectroscopy to super-resolution imaging
edited by Cyril Ruckebusch
Boston : Elsevier, 2016
Kresge QC454.O66 R47 2016

Towards a theory of spacetime theories
Dennis Lehmkuhl, Gregor Schiemann, Erhard Scholz, editors
New York, NY : Birkhäuser, [2017]
Kresge QC173.59 .S65 2017

The Prometheus bomb : the Manhattan Project and government in the dark
Sullivan, Neil J., 1948- author
Lincoln : Potomac Books, an imprint of the University of Nebraska Press, [2016]
"During World War II, the lives of millions of Americans lay precariously in the hands of a few brilliant scientists who raced to develop the first weapon of mass destruction. Elected officials gave the scientists free rein in the Manhattan Project without understanding the complexities and dangers involved in splitting the atom. The Manhattan Project was the first example of a new type of choice for congressmen, presidents, and other government officials: life and death on a national scale. From that moment, our government began fashioning public policy for issues of scientific development, discoveries, and inventions that could secure or threaten our existence and our future. But those same men and women had no training in such fields, did not understand the ramifications of the research, and relied on incomplete information to form potentially life-changing decisions. Through the story of the Manhattan Project, Neil J. Sullivan asks by what criteria the people in charge at the time made such critical decisions. He also ponders how similar judgments are reached today with similar incomprehension from those at the top as our society dives down the potential rabbit hole of bioengineering, nanotechnology, and scientific developments yet to come"--
Baker Berry QC773.3.U5 S86 2016

Introduction to topological quantum matter & quantum computation
Stanescu, Tudor D., 1967- author
Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, [2017]
Quantum theory: some fundamentals -- The geometric phase -- Quantum mechanics and information science -- Symmetry and topology in condensed matter physics -- Topological insulators and superconductors -- Interacting topological phases -- Theories of topological quantum matter -- Majorana zero modes in solid state heterostructures -- Topological phases in cold atom systems -- Topological quantum computation -- Elements of quantum information theory -- Introduction to quantum computation -- Anyons and topological quantum computation.
Kresge QC174.17.D37 S73 2017

What goes up... gravity and scientific method
Kosso, Peter, author
New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2017
Introduction: what to expect from a science of gravity -- Forces and fields -- Basic Newtonian theory -- Gravity before Newton -- Early modern astronomy -- Connecting physics and astronomy -- Connecting kinematics and dynamics -- Testing the Newtonian theory -- Challenging the Newtonian theory -- Geometry and equivalence -- The general theory of relativity -- Testing the general theory of relativity -- Using the theory to explore the universe -- Dark matter -- The structure of scientific knowledge.

"The concept of gravity provides a natural phenomenon that is simultaneously obvious and obscure; we all know what it is, but rarely question why it is. The simple observation that 'what goes up must come down' contrasts starkly with our current scientific explanation of gravity, which involves challenging and sometimes counterintuitive concepts. With such extremes between the plain and the perplexing, gravity forces a sharp focus on scientific method. Following the history of gravity from Aristotle to Einstein, this clear account highlights the logic of scientific method for non-specialists. Successive theories of gravity and the evidence for each are presented clearly and rationally, focusing on the fundamental ideas behind them. Using only high-school level algebra and geometry, the author emphasizes what the equations mean rather than how they are derived, making this accessible for all those curious about gravity and how science really works"--
Kresge QC178 .K87 2017

Climate and cultural change in prehistoric Europe and the Near East
edited by Peter F. Biehl and Olivier P. Nieuwenhuyse
Albany : State University of New York Press, [2016]
Climate and Culture Change in Archaeology / Olivier Nieuwenhuyse & Peter F. Biehl -- The Oasis of Palmyra in Prehistory : Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene Palaeoclimate and Human Occupation in the Region of Palmyra/Tadmor (Central Syria) / Mauro Cremaschi and Andrea Zerboni -- When the Going gets Tough : Risk Minimisation Responses to the 8.2 ka Event in the Near East and their role in Emergence of the Halaf Cultural Phenomenon / Mandy Mottram -- The 8.2 ka event in Upper Mesopotamia : climate and cultural change / Olivier Nieuwenhuyse, Peter Akkermans, Jan van der Plicht, A. Russell and A. Kaneda (Leiden) -- The aftermath of the 8.2 Event : Cultural and Environmental Effects in the Anatolian Late Neolithic and Early Chalcolithic / Patrick T. Willett, Ingmar Franz, Ceren Kabukcu, David Orton, Jana Rogasch, Elizabeth Stroud, Eva Rosenstock, and Peter F. Biehl -- Managing risk through diversification in plant exploitation during the 7th millennium BC : The phytolith microbotanical record at Çatalhöyük / Philippa Ryan and Arlene Rosen -- The 8.2 Event and the Neolithic Expansion in Western Anatolia / Bleda S. Düring -- "Singing in the Rain" : Khirokitia (Cyprus) in the Second Half of the Seventh Millennium cal BC / Odile Daune-Le Brun and Alain Le Brun -- Early Holocene Climatic Fluctuations and Human Responses in Greece / Catherine Perlès -- Rapid climate change and radiocarbon discontinuities in the Mesolithic-Early Neolithic settlement record of the Iron Gates : cause or coincidence? / Clive Bonsall, Mark Macklin, Adina Boronean?, Catriona Pickard, László Bartosiewicz, Gordon Cook, and Thomas Higham -- Climate Fluctuations, Human Migrations, and the Spread of Farming in western Eurasia / Detlef Gronenborn -- Climate Change in the Polish Upland Bronze Age / Andrzej Pelisiak -- Climate and the Definition of Archaeological Periods in Sweden / Daniel Löwenborg and Thomas Eriksson -- Commentary : Epilogue to a Prologue : The Changing Climate of the Past, Present and Future / Ezra B.W. Zubrow.

The subject of climate change could hardly be more timely. In this volume, an interdisciplinary group of contributors examine climate change through the lens of new archaeological and paleo-environmental data over the course of more than 10,000 years from the Near East to Europe. Key climatic and other events are contextualized with cultural changes and transitions for which the authors discuss when, how, and if, changes in climate and environment caused people to adapt, move or perish. More than this publication of crucial archaeological and paleo-environmental data, however, the volume seeks to understand the social, political and economic significance of climate change as it was manifested in various ways around the Old World. Contrary to perceptions of threatening global warming in our popular media, and in contrast to grim images of collapse presented in some archaeological discussions of past climate change, this book rejects outright societal collapse as a likely outcome. Yet this does not keep the authors from considering climate change as a potential factor in explaining culture change by adopting a critical stance with regard to the long-standing practice of equating synchronicity with causality, and explicitly considering alternative explanations.
Baker Berry QC884 .C568 2016

Electronic transport theories from weakly to strongly correlated materials
Singh, Navinder, 1977- author
Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, [2017]
Introduction and objective of the study -- The traditional Boltzmann equation based approaches -- Some techniques from nonequilibrium statistical mechanics -- The Zwanzig-Mori-Gotze-Wole memory function formalism -- The Kohn-Luttinger theory: quantum mechanical basis of the Bloch-Boltzmann equation -- Strange metals: a survey.

"The issue of transport in strongly correlated materials is of current interest. This book presents a concise and pedagogical introduction to a wide range of topics in electronic transport. There are plenty of books that cover the traditional theories (Boltzamnn transport equation and Kubo formula) however, there is no such book that covers the traditional theories along with the recent theories of transport in strongly correlated materials. Being useful to both graduates and researchers, this book deals with the challenging problems in this area"--
Kresge QC176.8.E4 S44 2017

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