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Any chemistry students struggling with their maths? Download this free book from bookboon.com.

“Advanced Maths for Chemists teaches Maths from a “chemical” perspective and is the third of a three part series of texts designed for a first-year university course. It is the Maths required by a Chemist, Chemical Engineer, Chemical Physicist, Molecular Biologist, Biochemist or Biologist. Tutorial questions with fully worked solutions are used and structured on a weekly basis to help the students to self-pace themselves. Coloured molecular structures, graphs and diagrams bring the text alive. Navigation between questions and their solutions is by page numbers for use with your PDF reader.”

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Inquire, which is being dubbed the intelligent textbook,  is the latest development in eBooks.

“Inquire is an iPad app that combines the popular Campbell Biology textbook with a knowledge representation and reasoning system that answers questions. The transition to digital textbooks should be more than a superficial change in medium, and Inquire is an example of how AI technology can help ensure the transition to digital textbooks leads to improved learning for students.

Science textbooks are complex and intimidating: a typical college-level biology textbook introduces thousands of new concepts and tens-of-thousands of relationships between them. By providing quick, factual answers and repeatedly exposing students to the patterns of comparing and relating concepts that are fundamental to human learning, Inquire addresses this challenge head-on.”

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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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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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