Featured Items of the Week - March 23, 2015
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Among the Iranians
Call Number: Electronic book available on Ebrary (click the cover)
Publication Date: 2010-04-16
An indispensable practical guide, Among the Iranians offers insight into Iranian dress, etiquette, and food. Koutlaki explains everything readers need to know about culture and customs by sharing lessons she learned as a foreigner living in Tehran. Readers are challenged to dispel previous judgments of Iran and accept Koutlaki's version of the country warm, inviting, and rich with tradition.
An Uncommon History of Common Things
Call Number: Electronic book available on CREDO Reference (click the cover)
Publication Date: 2009-11-17
Sometime about 30,000 years ago, somebody stuck a sharp rock into a split stick-and presto! The axe was born. Our inquisitive species just loves tinkering, testing, and pushing the limits, and this delightfully different book is a freewheeling reference to hundreds of customs, notions, and inventions that reflect human ingenuity throughout history. From hand tools to holidays to weapons to washing machines, An Uncommon History of Common Things features hundreds of colorful illustrations, timelines, sidebars, and more as it explores just about every subject under the sun. Who knew that indoor plumbing has been around for 4,600 years, but punctuation, capital letters, and the handy spaces between written words only date back to the Dark Ages? Or that ancient soldiers baked a kind of pizza on their shields-when they weren't busy flying kites to frighten their foes? Every page of this quirky compendium catalogs something fascinating, surprising, or serendipitous. A lively, incomparably browsable read for history buffs, pop culture lovers, and anyone who relishes the odd and extraordinary details hidden in the everyday, it will inform, amuse, astonish-and alter the way you think about the clever creatures we call humans.
Curiosity : how science became interested in everything
Call Number: Q125/B36/2013 (on the 3rd floor)
Publication Date: 2013-04-03
With the recent landing of the Mars rover Curiosity, it seems safe to assume that the idea of being curious is alive and well in modern science--that it's not merely encouraged but is seen as an essential component of the scientific mission. Yet there was a time when curiosity was condemned. Neither Pandora nor Eve could resist the dangerous allure of unanswered questions, and all knowledge wasn't equal--for millennia it was believed that there were some things we should not try to know. In the late sixteenth century this attitude began to change dramatically, and in Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything, Philip Ball investigates how curiosity first became sanctioned--when it changed from a vice to a virtue and how it became permissible to ask any and every question about the world. Looking closely at the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries, Ball vividly brings to life the age when modern science began, a time that spans the lives of Galileo and Isaac Newton. In this entertaining and illuminating account of the rise of science as we know it, Ball tells of scientists both legendary and lesser known, from Copernicus and Kepler to Robert Boyle, as well as the inventions and technologies that were inspired by curiosity itself, such as the telescope and the microscope. The so-called Scientific Revolution is often told as a story of great geniuses illuminating the world with flashes of inspiration. But Curiosity reveals a more complex story, in which the liberation--and subsequent taming--of curiosity was linked to magic, religion, literature, travel, trade, and empire. Ball also asks what has become of curiosity today: how it functions in science, how it is spun and packaged for consumption, how well it is being sustained, and how the changing shape of science influences the kinds of questions it may continue to ask.
Call Number: Q1/N52/Ser (Main Floor - Periodicals Section)
Publication Date: Current Cover
New Scientist is "a weekly science and technology magazine ... Featuring a selection of the latest news stories from the worlds of science and technology, alongside in-depth features exploring the latest ideas that affect the world and how we understand it, reviews of the latest culturally relevant books, films or art and stunning imagery from around the world and beyond." -- taken from website.
Sexually Transmitted Disease
Call Number: REF RC200.1/S492/2014/Vol. 1-2 (on the Main Floor)
Publication Date: 2013-08-23
Sexually transmittable diseases are a sensitive and embarrassing subject. Many sexually transmitted diseases are silent, providing no symptoms until they cause serious medical problems. But with one in four Americans over the age of fourteen being infected with a sexually transmitted infection, the topic of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is a highly relevant health issue. This work contains over 230 entries that span the history and wide range of topics regarding STDs, from the birth of condoms over 3,000 years ago through discovery of the infectious agents and the invention of effective vaccines to the legal and societal implications of STDs. This two-volume encyclopedia investigates the spectrum of sexually transmitted diseases and related topics and issues, describing their microscopic origins, the chronology of research and medical treatment, the body parts affected, and the modern-day methods of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of spread. Additionally, this work addresses legal implications of disease transmission, psychosocial impacts, as well as long-term medical consequences such as potential infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, and chronic pelvic pain.
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