Olympic physics, a reading list

Just in time for the summer olympics, check out the Physics-Astronomy Library’s summer reading display about the physics of sport and leisure.

For a full list of books and articles, visit: http://guides.lib.berkeley.edu/physicssports

or visit the Physics-Astronomy Library, 351 LeConte Hall, M-F, 10-5.


ADS gets a new interface

The Astrophysics Data System or ADS, a tool for finding astronomical and planetary science, has introduced a beta version of its new interface, Bumblebee. Bumblebee builds on the ADS “Classic” and ADS “2.0” interfaces, and introduces new filtering options and the ability to search full-text.

For the time being, the myADS notification service will remain unchanged, but look forward to a new custom notification service in the coming year.

For help constructing complex searches, visit: http://adsabs.github.io/help/search/

And for the hackers among you, visit github to check out Bumblebee’s publicly accessible code.


Princeton Primers in Climate

Princeton Primers in Climate is a series of short, authoritative books that explain the state of the art in climate-science research. These primers reveal the physical workings of the global climate system with accessibility and detail. Princeton Primers in Climate is the ideal first place to turn to get the essential facts, presented with uncompromising clarity, and to begin further investigation–in the library or wherever your summer travels take you.

All seven titles are available at the Earth Sciences and Map Library in McCone Hall including: Paleoclimate; Climate and Ecosystems; Planetary Climates; Climate and the Oceans; the Cryosphere; Atmosphere, Clouds and Climate; and the Global Carbon Cycle. Four more titles are forthcoming.


IOP ebooks

UC Berkeley now has access to two IOP ebook collections, Expanding Physics which offers in-depth texts on key areas in Physics, and Concise Physics which contains shorter texts focused on rapidly advancing areas.

The IOP digital offerings include:

  • one platform for book and journal content
  • DRM-free simultaneous access for users
  • e-reader compatibility with HTML, PDF and EPUB formats
  • integrated multimedia content

View the collections on the IOPscience platform: http://iopscience.iop.org/books


Physics Department Colloquia

Did you know that webcasts of the weekly Physics Department Colloquia are hosted and preserved by the Library? Links to the weekly talks as well as the annual Oppenheimer and Segre lectures from 2007-present can be found on the Physics Department’s Colloquia and Webcasts page. Earlier talks are cataloged in Oskicat.

NOTE: The older webcasts are provided as QuickTime files. To view a webcast, download the free QuickTime Player software from the Apple website then click on the colloquium you would like to view.