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Five Newly Arrived Titles from the Science Section:
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“Municipal Solid Waste Landfills can be an environmental nightmare or they can be a gold mine. Landfills may be a necessary evil but if they are developed correctly they can be a major source of energy. Wherever there are people, there is a need for energy and wherever there are people there is waste. This book will demonstrate an innovative approach to keeping the landfill a safe energy producer in the form of electrical power and other alternative fuels. If every landfill in the United States uses the Steam Injection technology today, we will be the first generation to control our own refuse and not leave it for the next generation.”
We know there is a person in the world who simply has to have this book.
Reviewed by Jan Brown
Before I read Walter Isaacson’s biography Einstein: His Life and Universe, I only knew two things about Albert Einstein. One is that he failed math as a schoolboy and the other is E=mc^2. Thanks to this book, I now know that the first fact is false (as I suspected in high school math) and what that famous equation really means.
When the last of the Einstein papers were released in 2006, Walter Isaacson got in there early and went to town on this biography. The credentials of the people he acknowledges have me convinced that I know everything worth knowing about Albert Einstein, both the scientist and the man.
Isacson’s biography succeeds brilliantly in taking on the daunting tasks of deciphering Einstein’s personal letters and explaining his complex scientific theories. The more intriguing parts of the biography for me tell the story of a strangely distant but ultimately engaging man. I especially liked the way Isaacson wrote the later chapters with one focusing on the science followed by another that relates the personal side of the same time period. This worked well for me, especially as I found myself reading the science explanations more than once. (more…)