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31 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
I am the last of my kind. This I know. Once, we roamed the land. We owned the land. We called it Home. But strange creatures came to take it from us...My story matters. I am the last living female Tasmanian Tiger. Stripes in the Forest by award-winning author, Aleesah Darlison, is the story of an iconic species lost. Told from the perspective of the last wild, female thylacine, it provides readers with an insight into the rare beauty and uniqueness of these amazing animals and explains their fight for survival and provides important lessons for future generations. An emotive and moving story, children will connect with the solitary, stoic and courageous female thylacine who does all she can to protect her young - just as a human mother would do. The story takes readers to a place in the past, but also offers a twist that projects them into the future and offers a glimmer of hope for survival of a creature some believe may still exist. Parents and their children will enjoy the rich, vivid and detailed illustrations of the Tasmanian forests and landscapes and the magnificent thylacine as depicted by illustrator and artist, Shane McGrath. Stripes in the Forest, will generate rich discussion and raise important questions for young minds. This powerful and poignant story offers hope for threatened species and shows how, together, we can make a difference.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781925275704 20170424
Science Library (Li and Ma)
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x, 259 pages ; 22 cm
  • Bomb parts: what is a model?
  • Shell shocked: my journey of disillusionment
  • Arms race: going to college
  • Propaganda machine: online advertising
  • Civilian casualties: justice in the age of big data
  • Ineligible to serve: getting a job
  • Sweating bullets: on the job
  • Collateral damage: landing credit
  • No safe zone: getting insurance
  • The targeted citizen: civic life.
"A former Wall Street quantitative analyst sounds an alarm on mathematical modeling, a pervasive new force in society that threatens to undermine democracy and widen inequality, "--NoveList.
"We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives--where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance--are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated. But as Cathy O'Neil reveals in this urgent and necessary book, the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they're wrong. Most troubling, they reinforce discrimination: If a poor student can't get a loan because a lending model deems him too risky (by virtue of his zip code), he's then cut off from the kind of education that could pull him out of poverty, and a vicious spiral ensues. Models are propping up the lucky and punishing the downtrodden, creating a 'toxic cocktail for democracy.' Welcome to the dark side of Big Data. Tracing the arc of a person's life, O'Neil exposes the black box models that shape our future, both as individuals and as a society. These 'weapons of math destruction' score teachers and students, sort résumés, grant (or deny) loans, evaluate workers, target voters, set parole, and monitor our health. O'Neil calls on modelers to take more responsibility for their algorithms and on policy makers to regulate their use. But in the end, it's up to us to become more savvy about the models that govern our lives. This important book empowers us to ask the tough questions, uncover the truth, and demand change."--Dust jacket.
Science Library (Li and Ma)
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335 pages ; 25 cm
  • Introduction - The World in a Zoo 1 Chapter 1 Where the Wild Things Aren't: Exhibiting Nature in American Zoos 16 Chapter 2 Animal Farm: Making Meaning at the Zoo 43 Chapter 3 Birds of a Feather: Zookeepers and the Call of the Wild 79 Chapter 4 Life Lessons: The Zoo as a Classroom 104 Chapter 5 Bring on the Dancing Horses: American Zoos in the Entertainment Age 141 Chapter 6 Simply Nature: Zoos and the Branding of Conservation 179 Chapter 7 Wrestling with Armadillos: Animal Welfare and the Captivity Question 213 Chapter 8 The Urban Jungle: The Future of the American Zoo 258 Acknowledgments 269 Notes 273 Index 315.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691164359 20160618
Orangutans swing from Kevlar-lined fire hoses. Giraffes feast on celebratory birthday cakes topped with carrots instead of candles. Hi-tech dinosaur robots growl among steel trees, while owls watch animated cartoons on old television sets. In American Zoo, sociologist David Grazian takes us on a safari through the contemporary zoo, alive with its many contradictions and strange wonders. Trading in his tweed jacket for a zoo uniform and a pair of muddy work boots, Grazian introduces us to zookeepers and animal rights activists, parents and toddlers, and the other human primates that make up the zoo's social world. He shows that in a major shift away from their unfortunate pasts, American zoos today emphasize naturalistic exhibits teeming with lush and immersive landscapes, breeding programs for endangered animals, and enrichment activities for their captive creatures. In doing so, zoos blur the imaginary boundaries we regularly use to separate culture from nature, humans from animals, and civilization from the wild. At the same time, zoos manage a wilderness of competing priorities--animal care, education, scientific research, and recreation--all while attempting to serve as centers for conservation in the wake of the current environmental and climate-change crisis. The world of the zoo reflects how we project our own prejudices and desires onto the animal kingdom, and invest nature with meaning and sentiment. A revealing portrayal of comic animals, delighted children, and feisty zookeepers, American Zoo is a remarkable close-up exploration of a classic cultural attraction.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691164359 20160618
Science Library (Li and Ma)
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xiv, 272 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
  • Contents-- Preface-- 1. Introduction-- 2. Enumeration-- 3. Representation-- 4. Dissection-- 5. Plane sections-- 6. Intersection-- 7. Iteration-- 8. Motion-- 9. Projection-- 10. Folding and unfolding-- Solutions to the challenges-- References-- Index-- About the authors.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780883853580 20160704
Solid geometry is the traditional name for what we call today the geometry of three-dimensional Euclidean space. This book presents techniques for proving a variety of geometric results in three dimensions. Special attention is given to prisms, pyramids, platonic solids, cones, cylinders and spheres, as well as many new and classical results. A chapter is devoted to each of the following basic techniques for exploring space and proving theorems: enumeration, representation, dissection, plane sections, intersection, iteration, motion, projection, and folding and unfolding. The book includes a selection of Challenges for each chapter with solutions, references and a complete index. The text is aimed at secondary school and college and university teachers as an introduction to solid geometry, as a supplement in problem solving sessions, as enrichment material in a course on proofs and mathematical reasoning, or in a mathematics course for liberal arts students.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780883853580 20160704
Science Library (Li and Ma)
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218 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 21 cm
Do you like Polar Bears? Do you want Polar Bears to be around in 50 years? Do you think that climate change is the only major threat to Polar Bear survival? Do you believe that Polar Bears are adequately protected today? Would you like to contribute to saving Polar Bears today and in the future? If your answer to any of those questions is yes, you need to read this book. In this book, I analyze the current status of the Polar Bear. And I puncture the myth that Polar Bears are well protected and managed today. While most people think that global warming is the overhanging threat to Polar Bear survival, I document that it is actually the continuation of an unsustainable hunting pressure that is driving the species towards extinction. Across 228 pages, interspersed with beautiful photographs, I demonstrate how there are probably fewer Polar Bears than most authorities claim, how hunting is the greatest manageable threat to the species, how current protection measures are insufficient, how the animal has been commercialized, and how lack of courage and honesty is allowing this scenario to continue. The book also contains a long string of realistic and very urgent recommendations for action to save Polar Bears before they are gone forever.
“This book is an eye-opener and should kick off extensive debates.” – Dr. Thor S. Larsen, Norway, professor emeritus, Member of the IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group 1968-1985. “In this impassioned book Morten raises very important, provocative questions that are not being addressed by the international environmental groups.” – Art Wolfe, USA, conservation photographer. “This is an important book to read for anyone who is concerned about polar bears, and the politics of conservation.” – Dr. Kenneth McKaye, USA, Professor, PhD Behavioural Ecology. “Extremely well written. Awakening reading. Recommended!” – Dag Halvorsen, Norway, nature photographer. “Full of staggering facts and beautiful pictures, this book will indeed make you think. With meticulous attention to detail, Morten has painstakingly put together a scathing indictment of the ineptitude of the various agencies involved.” – Alison Wicklund, UK/Finland, artist, M.A., B.A. “Have read the book. Powerful stuff! Very interesting point how the climate-change agenda is allowed to “over-shadow” a decent management of the polar bear population, … which should begin with a moratorium on hunting. I hope the right persons will become acquainted with your meticulous gathering and analyses of facts and arguments.” – Jens Olesen, Denmark, zoologist, author & media personality. “My friend, Morten Joergensen has written a book, called “Polar Bears on the Edge”. I met Morten on my trip to Svalbard, about two years ago, and he was working on the book at the time. Morten was the Expedition Leader for that trip, and it was really great to get to know him there. If you are at all interested in the plight of the polar bears, I highly recommend his book. He has done an amazing job of framing the polar bear situation with hard facts and science to back up his conclusions. Oh, and even more amazing, Morten arranged to have enough trees planted to offset the carbon footprint of the first printing of his book! And again, let me just say how impressed I am with the scientific quality of the work. As a Professor of Geophysics, I deal with scientific papers and books every day, and this book measures right up there with the best!” – Dr. Stephen Wheatcraft, USA, professor emeritus.
Science Library (Li and Ma)
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viii, 323 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
  • Overture. End of a world
  • Influence and confluence: family, nature, war
  • Ecology then: the lake of tears
  • Dispelling déjà vu, part one
  • Dispelling déjà vu, part two
  • Defying apocalypse
  • Apocalypse redux and the fate of sustainability
  • No illusions, no fantasy, no melodrama: the legacy of Rachel Carson
  • Epiphany matters
  • Imagination wild and tame: the smell of money
  • The presence of roadkill
  • Reprise. World's end: seeing and sustenance.
Blending memoir, cultural history, and a literary perspective, Facing It bears witness to controversies like Tellico and Chernobyl, global warming and local drought. But rather than merely drowning readers in waves of ecological angst, M. Jimmie Killingsworth seeks alternative images and episodes to invoke presence without crippling the hope for survival and sustenance in places and communities of value. In deft, highly accessible prose, Killingsworth takes the reader through a Cold-War childhood, an adolescence colored by anti-war and ecological activism, and an adulthood darkened by terrorism and climate change. Inviting us on walks through tame suburbias (riddled with environmental abuse) and wild deserts and mountains (shadowed by industrial development), he celebrates the survival of natural beauty and people living close to the earth while questioning truisms associated with both economic advancement and environmental purity. Above all, this book invites the reader to face it: to look with wide-open eyes on a new nature that will never be the same, but that continues to offer opportunities for renewal and advancement of life.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781623491451 20160617
Science Library (Li and Ma)
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xiv, 81 p. : ill ; 24 cm
Synergetic Theory of Life looks at the evolutional path of life on the Earth from its beginning until now. Life on Earth was not created, it was not brought in from outside, it was not a result of revealing the secret essences, but it is a phenomenon of self-organisation based on synergism of high-molecular compounds (polymers), proteins and nucleic acids. The book looks in depth at the intellectual evolution of Man, rather than the biological evolution. There is also an analysis of the contemporary issues in human civilization and the characteristics of the evolutional crises that we are in today. There is a prediction of how these crises will affect life on Earth and suggestions of the solutions to save the future of life on Earth. Those solutions are the next and ultimate step in the evolutional process of Man. Synergetic Theory of Life defines and analyses all of the above and suggests the future development direction of the human civilisation. This theory was created by the author and inspired by his vast knowledge and experience in various fields of science. Oraz Turkmen has abandoned the traditional method of citing specific scientific literature and proceeded from commonly accepted scientific notions, facts and theoretical knowledge. He also uses brand new terminology that he defines and clearly explains in the dictionary at the end. Synergetic Theory of Life will appeal to those interested in science and philosophy.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781780881096 20160616
Science Library (Li and Ma)
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xvii, 524 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
  • Preface vii Chapter 1 Yesterday's Birds 1 Chapter 2 The Origin and Diversification of Species 43 Chapter 3 Birds on the Tree of Life 75 Chapter 4 Ebb and Flow 117 Chapter 5 Ecological Adaptations for Breeding 161 Chapter 6 Form and Function 201 Chapter 7 The Study of Instinct 245 Chapter 8 Behavior as Adaptation 287 Chapter 9 Selection in Relation to Sex 323 Chapter 10 Population Studies of Birds 355 Chapter 11 Tomorrow's Birds 389 Afterword 425 Appendix 1: Some Histories of Ornithology 431 Appendix 2: Five Hundred Ornithologists 434 Notes 443 References 467 Index 497 Image Credits 519.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691151977 20160612
Ten Thousand Birds provides a thoroughly engaging and authoritative history of modern ornithology, tracing how the study of birds has been shaped by a succession of visionary and often-controversial personalities, and by the unique social and scientific contexts in which these extraordinary individuals worked. This beautifully illustrated book opens in the middle of the nineteenth century when ornithology was a museum-based discipline focused almost exclusively on the anatomy, taxonomy, and classification of dead birds. It describes how in the early 1900s pioneering individuals such as Erwin Stresemann, Ernst Mayr, and Julian Huxley recognized the importance of studying live birds in the field, and how this shift thrust ornithology into the mainstream of the biological sciences. The book tells the stories of eccentrics like Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen, a pathological liar who stole specimens from museums and quite likely murdered his wife, and describes the breathtaking insights and discoveries of ambitious and influential figures such as David Lack, Niko Tinbergen, Robert MacArthur, and others who through their studies of birds transformed entire fields of biology. Ten Thousand Birds brings this history vividly to life through the work and achievements of those who advanced the field. Drawing on a wealth of archival material and in-depth interviews, this fascinating book reveals how research on birds has contributed more to our understanding of animal biology than the study of just about any other group of organisms.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691151977 20160612
Science Library (Li and Ma)
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xv, 155 p. ; 21 cm.
  • The myth of control : complex versus linear systems
  • The myth of growth : limits and sustainability
  • The myth of energy : the second law of thermodynamics
  • The myth of the free market : the loss of diversity, democracy, and economic resiliency
  • The myth of progress : a need for cultural change
  • Epilogue : from consumption to connection.
In this compelling and cogently argued book, Tom Wessels demonstrates how our current path toward progress, based on continual economic expansion and inefficient use of resources, runs absolutely contrary to three foundational scientific laws that govern all complex natural systems. It is a myth, he contends, that progress depends on a growing economy. Wessels explains his theory with his three laws of sustainability: (1) the law of limits to growth, (2) the second law of thermodynamics, which exposes the dangers of increased energy consumption, and (3) the law of self-organization, which results in the marvelous diversity of such highly evolved systems as the human body and complex ecosystems. These laws, scientifically proven to sustain life in its myriad forms, have been cast aside since the eighteenth century, first by Western economists, political pragmatists, and governments attracted by the idea of unlimited growth, and more recently by a global economy dominated by large corporations, in which consolidation and oversimplification create large-scale inefficiencies in both material and energy usage. Wessels makes scientific theory readily accessible by offering examples of how the laws of sustainability function in the complex systems we can observe in the natural world around us. He shows how systems such as forests can be templates for developing sustainable economic practices that will allow true progress. Demonstrating that all environmental problems have their source in a disregard for the laws of sustainability that is based on the myth of progress, he concludes with an impassioned argument for cultural change.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781611684162 20160611
Science Library (Li and Ma)
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xiv, 299 p. : ill ; 24 cm.
  • The Choice of Snakes
  • The Most Beautiful Party in Town
  • The Garden of Earthly Delights
  • The Adventurer
  • The Carpenter
  • The Holy Grail
  • The Rival
  • The Race
  • The Investigation
  • The Last Condor
  • The Law and the Loophole
  • The Circular Firing Squad
  • The Stories They Told
  • The Judges
  • The Hike from Hell
  • The Courtroom Drama
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • The Final Showdown
  • Epilogue: The Stuff That Dreams Are Made of.
Some people will do anything for beauty or fame"FANTASTIC. If I did not know most of the main players I would have thought the author had a vivid and twisted imagination.."--Paul Martin Brown, author of "Wild Orchids of Florida""A fascinating true story of obsession, greed, and lust for the unobtainable. Reminds me a great deal of "The Maltese Falcon." This rare flower is definitely the stuff that dreams are made of."--Ace Atkins, author of "Devil's Garden" and "Infamous""Pittman has captured the extreme competition, unique characters, and general insanity that often typify the orchid world. "The Scent of Scandal "exemplifies how passion and profit can overrule common sense and the law."--Scott Steward, former associate editor, "North American Native Orchid Journal"After its Peruvian discovery in 2002, "Phragmipedium kovachii "became the rarest and most sought-after orchid in the world. Prices soared to $10,000 on the black market. Then one showed up at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, where every year more than 100,000 people visit. They come for the lush landscape on Sarasota Bay and for Selby's vast orchid collection, one of the most magnificent in the world. The collision between Selby's scientists and the smugglers of "Phrag. kovachii, " a rare ladyslipper orchid hailed as the most significant and beautiful new species discovered in a century, led to search warrants, a grand jury investigation, and criminal charges. It made headlines around the country, cost the gardens hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations, and led to tremendous internal turmoil. Investigative journalist Craig Pittman unravels this tangled web to shine a spotlight on flaws in the international treaties governing trade in endangered wildlife--which may protect individual plants and animals in shipping but do little to halt the destruction of whole colonies in the wild. "The Scent of Scandal "unspools like a riveting mystery novel, stranger than anything in Susan Orlean's "The Orchid Thief "or the film "Adaptation." Pittman shows how some people can become so obsessed--with beauty, with profit, with fame--that they will ignore everything, even the law.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780813039749 20160607
Science Library (Li and Ma)
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380 p. ; 22 cm.
Green Library, Science Library (Li and Ma)