Two new Physics and Astronomy collections have recently been made available to the public. Both CERN and the Adler Planetarium have opened up new and interesting collections for viewing and use.

Alder Planetarium First, the Adler Planetarium recently announced that its collections are available for searching in their new online database.

The Adler has one of the largest collections of historic scientific instruments in the world. Its collections also include rare and modern books, photography, paintings, and models. This is the first time that these resources are searchable online.

Check out the amazing collections here.

CERNopendataCERN also recently announced its Open Data Portal, which makes LHC experiment data from collision events open to the public for the first time. The CERN Data Portal gives access to data from ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb collaborations, as well as the open source software to read, analyze, and visualize the data.

All data on OpenData.cern.ch are shared under a Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication and have a citable DOI. More information is available here.

Both of these collections are a great step toward openness and will help preserve and share valuable resources for the research community.

Browse the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Centennial Field Guide, published in 2006 by the Geological Society of America.

The Dartmouth community currently has trial access to an extensive geoscience ebooks collection produced by GeoScienceWorld, a non-profit publishing partnership that works with many geological associations and societies to host their online publications, much like BioOne or HighWire Press.

The ebooks project is a new venture, and more than 1050 titles are now available, from publishers including the Geological Society of America, the Geological Society of London, the Paleontological Society, SEPM the Society for Sedimentary Geology, the Mineralogical Society, and others (see full list of  publishers here).

Browse, search, and explore the collection, and tell us what you think!   (send comments directly to Jane Quigley at Kresge Library).

  • Cross-search feature allows you to search across eBooks, 46 journals on the GSW platform, and (soon) GeoRef records.
  • Recommendation and sharing tools to help users discover relevant content.
  • Mobile compatible eBook reader.
  • Downloadable, DRM-free PDF chapters.
  • New titles and publishers added on an ongoing basis.

Trial access to the GeoScience World ebooks collection *ends* on December 12th, so take a few moments and browse through this great online collection.

Join us for a study break!

Stop by the first ever Kresge Library “Creation Station” this reading period to recharge and give your brain a rest.  We’ll be putting out a variety of activities to suit everyone’s interests this November 18th, 19th and 20th.  Come by whenever you need a break.


Math at Pixar

One of my favorite short films is Geri’s Game. I still watch it from time to time on my DVD copy of A Bug’s Life and marvel at the animation and delightful story. When my colleague forwarded this Mental Floss article (Talking Math at Pixar), I couldn’t resist sharing. Numberphile interviewed Tony DeRose about the mathematics used in Pixar animations and Geri was where it all started. It’s quite math heavy but nothing we can’t handle!

In fact, if you’re looking for more math, here’s a summary of a talk he gave for the Mathematical Association of America. Another summary from a talk he gave at MoMath — read the end about software.  Tony also did a math light TED-Ed talk that’s worth a look:

If I’ve piqued your interest, check out some of the following books and DVDs from the Library:

If you haven’t yet heard, Dartmouth has a site license to Mathematica 10 and Wolfram Alpha Pro (supported by ITS)! I attended a demo two weeks ago and there are a number of cool new features in the new Mathematica, including integration with the Cloud.

Highlights from Kresge's Halloween costume photo competition.  See you next year!

Highlights from Kresge’s Halloween costume photo competition. First place winner Samantha Smith (Betty Draper) went home with a dozen cupcakes, while runner up Hamish McEwen landed two cupcakes and some candy.  See you next year!

Take a Zotero Break!

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool for managing your references.

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool for managing your references.

When: Thursday, October 30
Time: 4-5pm (drop in anytime)

Where: Kresge Library Conference Room

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.    Stop by for 10 or 15 minutes during this open ‘Zotero Clinic,’ and see how it works.   If you’re interested, I’ll help you get Zotero up and running in your browser in no time.   Zotero’s a great way to save time and hassle when you’re writing papers!



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