Wednesday, May 03, 2006

New Books Today: Extra Dimensions, Emotions, Bird Coloration, Relativity, Plasma Spectroscopy... and more!

Today's delivery of new books brings something for everyone. Come and browse the new book shelf!

Bird Coloration, by Geoffrey Hill and Kevin McGraw, presents the visual perception of birds and the best ways to collect and analyze color data as part of the review of mechanisms of coloration. Sumptuously illustrated, it is written by leading experts who synthesize more than 1,500 technical papers in the field.

The Weather Makers, by Tim Flannery, considers "how man is changing the climate and what it means for life on earth." Remarkably positive reviews by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Tony Blair, and Chief Emeka Anyaoku, President of the World Wildlife Fund International, among others, praise the book as readable, convincing, and authoritative. It is important reading for anyone concerned with the future of the planet.

Rather less controversial but no less provocative is Lawrence Krauss in Hiding in the Mirror: The Mysterious Allure of Extra Dimensions, from Plato to String Theory and Beyond. One reviewer asserts"You'll have so much fun reading that you'll hardly notice you're getting a primer on contempory physics and cosmology." From the book cover: Krauss examines our "long and ardent romance with parallel universes, veiled dimensions, and regions of being that may exend tantalizingly beyond the limits of our perception." See all of the books received today in the New Book List for May 3.

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