The fusion of atoms and molecules create the literal building blocks of matter – and of life itself. Here, the editors have built a handsome text that serves to create a one-stop reference point exploring the *Quantum Theory* of atoms and molecules in complete detail. Topics of coverage include the Lagrangian Approach to Chemistry; Atomic Response Properties; Topological Atom Partitioning as related to *Molecular Exchange Energy* and its *Multipolar Convergence*; Topology and Properties of the Electron Density in solids; Chemical Bonding and Reactivity; the** ***Fermi Hole* and the *Delocalization Index*; *Electron Delocalization* in Aromatic Systems; and Topological Properties of the Hydrogen Bond (to name scattered highpoints). This textbook is noteworthy for the amount of ground it covers and for the style it employs to teach its subject matter. For example, the book begins by dissecting advances in theory before moving into analysis of the more specific and specialized study of chemical bonding and reactivity (which is one of the high-water marks of the manual). As a reference, the authors have built a definitive summary of the relationship between atoms and molecules, addressing their impact on different components of the scientific mission. Accordingly, it will be helpful to chemists, physicists, materials scientists and pharmacologists, allowing for in depth study of myriad topic areas (one of which might be the design of more efficient drugs to combat human disease).

This selection collects 18 “review articles” by the leading voices in the field on advanced mathematical resources for the Physicist. **Mathematical Tools** is noteworthy because of the way it has been written and edited. Specifically, the authors have gone to great pains to insure that their analysis moves with seamless clarity. Science writers (and especially math writers) must take great care to make their work accessible to the student in a classroom environment. And this is no easy chore when one is dealing with complex ‘cross-over subjects’ which require authors to presume a certain level of expertise on the part of the reader. Trigg and co-writers are skilled instructors who do an artful job in establishing a continuity as one topic switches to the next. Discussion includes Algebraic Methods; Analytic Methods; Fourier and Other Mathematical Transforms; Fractal Geometry; Geometrical Methods; Mathematical Modeling; Monte-Carlo Methods; and Symmetries and Conservation Laws.

This brand new book by Wiley will serve generations of students to come as an authoritative reference which details how stars and stellar populations come to develop (and then evolve) over long blocks of time. In creating this book, Salaris and Cassisi have not taken the typical ‘old-hat’ approach, instead looking to build a deeply invigorating text that incorporates theory with a summary of the primary study techniques currently in use by researchers (who follow the growth and evolution of galaxies). Although focused on astronomical topics, the underlying premise of this book speaks to the universe at large, allowing scientists in varied realms a sharply built road map in which to investigate how myriad forces and forms materialize. The authors begin their treatise with in depth discussion of the “theory of stellar evolution” (paying specific attention to stellar properties we can directly observe). From here, the reader is escorted through the role the scientist is meant to play in tracking the perpetual motion of galaxies and star clusters. As Salaris and Cassisi expand on their topic, they deftly analyze various research applications (such as *stellar population synthesis*), in turn allowing for a multidimensional understanding of the universe and our place within its limitless labyrinth.

*Recommended as a primary teaching text in advanced Astronomy or Astrophysics courses dedicated to the investigation of how stellar properties evolve over time. Further suggested as a general reference text in all college-level libraries.*

Irwin’s text is a masterful exploration of the study of astrophysics, examining the key theories that connect the core principles of physics and astronomy. Here, student-readers are presented with a delicate analysis of the *physics of astronomy*, with pertinent discussion of how densities, temperatures, masses and energies are determined (further communicating information about these independent worlds separated from earth by perfect bands of space). Topics of coverage include the power of light (luminosity and spectral power); the interaction of light with matter; the interaction of light with space; the essentials of matter; and the essentials of radiation.

**Target: **Highly recommended as a frontline teaching text in all undergraduate astrophysics classes. This selection is noted for its clarity of presentation and for its wonderful illustrations that serve to illuminate key-points for the reader.

*Go to wiley.com for further information.*

For centuries, the diamond has transfixed societies – the sign and symbol of enduring wealth and stately elegance. Yet, going further, the diamond can be used to enhance myriad technologies to further the reach of the world. In **CVD Diamond**, Sussmann has built an exceptional text that sets out to show readers how diamonds can be synthesized at low pressures by chemical vapor deposition (*CVD*), a process that allows for subsequent use in various electronic devices and sensors. Sussmann’s text proves exhaustive in its focus as he first carefully delineates the properties of the diamond before exploring the ways their structure can be harnessed by researchers who require high-power r.f. transmission (which can’t be provided by silicon or other wide band gap semiconductors). What’s best about Sussmann’s tome is found in its depth and in its ability to ‘connect the dots’ in order to paint the reader a clear picture of the ways diamond potential can be ‘mined’ to increase the benefits of electronic technology.

*Highly recommended to researchers and physicists looking to unlock the secrets of this gemstone and apply them to electronic technology.*

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This new text from Wiley looks to recreate approaches to materials modeling (shifting the focus to a more holistic approach of materials simulation). In **Integral Materials**, Gottstein (*Westphalian Technical University of Aachen, Germany*) has written a textbook that examines four primary structural materials, including aluminum, carbon steels, superalloys, and plastics. In building his treatise, Gottstein has taken a classic approach, first introducing the idea /concept of integral modeling before moving into in depth analysis of the specific processes it intersects, including melt flow and solidification behavior; coating; shaping; thermal treatment; deep drawing; hardness and ductility; damage initiation; and deformation behavior (in addition to production techniques and usage). Gottstein is internationally known among scientific researchers for his indefatigable dedication to creating reference works that embody the power to span generations. And this selection is absolutely no different: Here, Gottstein has modeled a text that moves effortlessly from classroom to industrial laboratory – this reference manual that student-scientists will likely carry with them into their professional careers.

*Recommended as a primary text in all Physical Metallurgy courses. Further recommended to all university-level libraries as a general reference.*

*Go to wiley.com for further information.*

This text serves as a graduate level resource dedicated to the analysis of “dependent phenomena in condensed matter physics.” Here, Mazenko investigates the conventional ideas of linear response theory and kinetic theory in absolute detail, first examining the foundational aspects of each before moving into more in depth study of his subject. Topics of coverage include systems out of equilibrium; time-dependent phenomena in condensed-matter systems; general properties of time-correlation functions; charged transport; Linearized Langevin and hydrodynamical description of time-correlation functions; hydrodynamic spectrum of normal fluids; kinetic theory; critical phenomena and broken symmetry; nonlinear systems; perturbation theory and the dynamic renormalization group; and the concepts of unstable growth. Even though this text is vast in scope, its primary emphasis is on the development of generalized Langevin equations for assessing nonlinear behavior in myriad systems. Mazenko (*Department of Physics at the University of Chicago*) is a magnificent scientific writer who is able to take his encyclopedic knowledge of physics and transfer it to the page in the interest of teaching generations of students how their universe stays in balance as it endures myriad processes of change/evolution. Notwithstanding the fact that this text is the third installment in a four volume set, it is self-contained and can stand alone as a definitive reference point on this key component to the underpinnings of the physical sciences.

The fusion of atoms and molecules create the literal building blocks of matter – and of life itself. Here, the editors have built a handsome text that serves to create a one-stop reference point exploring the *Quantum Theory* of atoms and molecules in complete detail. Topics of coverage include the Lagrangian Approach to Chemistry; Atomic Response Properties; Topological Atom Partitioning as related to *Molecular Exchange Energy* and its *Multipolar Convergence*; Topology and Properties of the Electron Density in solids; Chemical Bonding and Reactivity; the** ***Fermi Hole* and the *Delocalization Index*; *Electron Delocalization* in Aromatic Systems; and Topological Properties of the Hydrogen Bond (to name scattered highpoints). This textbook is noteworthy for the amount of ground it covers and for the style it employs to teach its subject matter. For example, the book begins by dissecting advances in theory before moving into analysis of the more specific and specialized study of chemical bonding and reactivity (which is one of the high-water marks of the manual). As a reference, the authors have built a definitive summary of the relationship between atoms and molecules, addressing their impact on different components of the scientific mission. Accordingly, it will be helpful to chemists, physicists, materials scientists and pharmacologists, allowing for in depth study of myriad topic areas (one of which might be the design of more efficient drugs to combat human disease).

This selection collects 18 “review articles” by the leading voices in the field on advanced mathematical resources for the Physicist. **Mathematical Tools** is noteworthy because of the way it has been written and edited. Specifically, the authors have gone to great pains to insure that their analysis moves with seamless clarity. Science writers (and especially math writers) must take great care to make their work accessible to the student in a classroom environment. And this is no easy chore when one is dealing with complex ‘cross-over subjects’ which require authors to presume a certain level of expertise on the part of the reader. Trigg and co-writers are skilled instructors who do an artful job in establishing a continuity as one topic switches to the next. Discussion includes Algebraic Methods; Analytic Methods; Fourier and Other Mathematical Transforms; Fractal Geometry; Geometrical Methods; Mathematical Modeling; Monte-Carlo Methods; and Symmetries and Conservation Laws.

This book examines both the physics and machines routinely used to produce radioisotopes now at the center of nuclear medicine and PET. In creating this multidimensional text, the authors delve to the depth of positron physics, exploring the ways positrons can be applied to the day-to-day grind of medical and biological research. In addition, **Nuclear Medicine Physics** thoroughly dissects the implementation of modern radiation detectors and measuring methods commonly in use in nuclear imaging laboratories throughout the world. The data contained here will no doubt prove vital to researchers in multiple disciplines (physics, nuclear medicine, oncology) looking for ways to expand and upgrade patient care (specifically, oncologists charged with diagnosing and treating various forms of cancer will immediately benefit from learning how nuclear imaging techniques can enhance the patient experience in the clinical setting).

This selection marks an outstanding addition to the field of biophysics, premised on both molecular and cellular principles. In the past, texts in this area have often been staid and singular in focus, looking at biophysics in purely foundational terms. Here, however, Jackson (*University of Wisconsin Medical School*) has created a sharp and multidimensional resource that marries different aspects of the scientific journey together in one volume, in turn helping the advanced college student refine his ability to apply principles of physical chemistry to the multiplicities of biological research.In his treatise, Jackson covers myriad topics, including global transitions in proteins; molecular forces in biological structures; conformations of macromolecules; and molecular associations, in addition to erudite analysis of diffusion and Brownian Motion. Further, the appendices provide a fantastic overview of applicable mathematical concepts (i.e. matrix algebra; Fourier analysis). These appendices serve as a refresher course of sorts and are meant to give students the chance to revisit the whole of their mathematical backgrounds (applying the core of their knowledge to relevant principles of molecular and cellular biophysics). More than anything, this text is note worthy for its ability to cross-over the boundaries of multiple disciplines (mathematics, physical chemistry, physics, biology, statistics), in an effort to show the student that the study of science requires a mastery of vast principles and the innate ability to synthesize theory and then reapply it to new sets of problems. As noted, Jackson’s treatise presupposes some level of competency in both advanced mathematics and chemistry and is written for students who are embarking on dedicated graduate-level study in the field.

*Recommended as a primary teaching text in all Biophysics courses that teach the application of molecular and cellular biophysical principles to various biological systems. Further recommended to all college-level libraries as a general reference text with long-term value.*

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