LIBRARY Readers ALERT: A Semi-monthly Service for Students
no. 113 (4 February 2009)
1. Kelemen, Peter B. “The origin of the land under the sea,”
Scientific American vol. 300, no. 2 (February 2009): p. 52-57.
The deep basins under the oceans are carpeted with lava that erupted
from submarine volcanoes and solidified. Scientists have solved the
mystery of how, precisely, all that lava reaches the sea floor.
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2. Coy, Peter. “What the US can learn from Japan,”
Business Week no. 4116 (January 19, 2009): p. 24-25.
By studying how Japan dealt with its economic slump in the 1990s, the
United States may be able to avoid Japan’s mistakes and engineer a
quicker recovery from its financial crisis which started in August
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The atom and the apple : twelve tales from contemporary physics /
Sebastien Balibar ; translated by Nathanael Stein
(QC24.5 .B3513 2008)
Written for general readers by a leading physicist, this book
demonstrates that science can be an exciting adventure grounded in
the phenomena of the daily world. It uses stories from the author’s
own life to provide an introduction to a wide range of topics in
physics: chaos theory, cosmology, fluid mechanics, energy sources,
quantum mechanics and many more.
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
First soft landing on the moon
On February 3, 1966, unmanned Soviet Luna 9 landed safely on the
moon. It was the first spacecraft to achieve a lunar soft landing and
to transmit photographic data from the moon’s surface to earth.
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