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Living Books About Life is a new series of open access online books covering science material from a humanities perspective.  Titles include:

Living Books About Life is a collaboration between Open Humanities Press and Coventry University; Goldsmiths, University of London; and the University of Kent.  These books are funded by JISC.  They state “[a]ll the books in the series are themselves ‘living’, in the sense that they are open to ongoing collaborative processes of writing, editing, updating, remixing and commenting by readers”.  It is also possible to download a static version of each book.

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photo of wavesThe Wavewatcher’s Companion by Gavin Pretor-Pinney has just been named the winner of the 2011 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books

Richard Holmes, Chair of the judges: “The Wavewatcher’s Companion used relatively straight-forward science to transform our perspective on the world around us, both visible and invisible, in a completely radical way.  From Mexican waves to electro-magnetic waves, it gave us a new delight and fascination in our immediate surroundings. We were inspired to see waves everywhere, and we were given an almost poetic vision of a dynamic universe.  It is a book of old-fashioned charm and wit, provocatively organized and illustrated, and marvellously deft with its presentation of hard modern science.  In short, it is a delightful winner.”

This book, along with all the other nominees, is available for loan from UWS Library.

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Free science ebooks

The United States National Academies Press have made all their current books available for free online.  This is over 4,000 full-text books and reports from the US National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council.  They cover research in science, technology and medicine.

Recent publications have included:

(You do not need to register for an account to view these books – click on “Download PDF”, then on “continue as a guest”, and then fill in the required email address on the form, taking care to choose whether you want to receive further emails from the publisher.)

Remember all these books are American, and practice may be different in the UK, but this could be a useful resource for research.

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Photograph of an open bookThe Royal Society run a competition to find the year’s best popular science books.  The nominees for this year’s Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books are now available from the Library.  Which one would you choose as the winner?

  • Alex’s Adventures in Numberland by Alex Bellos

The judges said: “A playful book that joyously takes us all by the hand on a grown-up trip through the world of mathematics” [Borrow from UWS Library]

  • Here on Earth: A new beginning by Tim Flannery

The judges said: “Depicting the Earth as a superorganism of which we are just a part, the author uses his optimistic, experienced voice to unravel the natural history of our world and ourselves.” [Borrow from UWS Library]

  • Massive: The Missing Particle That Sparked the Greatest Hunt in Science by Ian Sample

The judges said: “An exciting adventure through the world of the biggest subject in physics: the Higgs boson.” [Borrow from UWS Library]

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Since 1 April 2011 we have purchased over 100 new science books for the library.  These include

Many other recent purchases from the science budgets for the Paisley and Hamilton campuses are listed here [Excel file].  This list covers books received between 1st April 2011 and 6th June 2011.  If you would like to borrow any of these books please check the library catalogue  to find out if they are available for loan, or ask in the library

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New books in the Library

So far this year we’ve added almost 200 new science books to the library.  Recent purchases include:

Many other recent purchases from the science budgets for the Paisley and Hamilton campuses are listed here [pdf file].  This list covers books received between 1st January 2011 and 31st March 2011.  If you would like to borrow any of these books please check the library catalogue  to find out if they are available for loan, or ask in the library.

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Library datestampYou can renew your library books online using the My Account tab on the library catalogue.  You will need your borrower number and your library PIN to log in.

  • Your borrower number is your student banner number, or, if you are a member of staff, the number on your library card.
  • If you do not know your library PIN either ask at the Issue Desk of your campus library or email library@uws.ac.uk (using your UWS email account).

If another reader has requested your book it cannot be renewed, so you must be prepared to return your book to a branch of UWS library immediately.  If there are no reservations, a book can be renewed 10 times. Items from the short loan collection cannot be renewed.

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