Author Archives: Ann Perbohner

Patents for Fun and Research

Included in this post are search engines and portals where you have free access to patent documents from all over the world. They are best used for locating a patent document or full citation for an item you already know about. The tools listed in this post are not intended to research patentability or prior-art [...] Continue reading

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8 Math Talks to Blow Your Mind

We may all be going on holiday break, but I you are like me, learning does not stop. This new list of TED math talks are both educational and fun to watch. You needn’t be a mathematician to enjoy them, really :-) Supplemented here are a handful of books from our library collection or other [...] Continue reading

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Great Books for Scientists

Perhaps you heard about or attended the Gear Up! Build Your Research Toolkit event held in Fairchild Tower this afternoon.  In addition to information management tools, apps, and research support systems to help you tune up your research, we have for you a selection of books to help boost your productivity. Choose from print or online Career [...] Continue reading

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10 Influential Popular Science Books

For your reading pleasure during the upcoming Intersession, this post features influential popular science books as selected by the New Scientist reader community. On the origin of species (print), (ebook), (1876) (Darwin Manuscripts Project) A brief history of time: from the big bang to black holes, by Stephen Hawking (1988) The selfish gene by Richard Dawkins (1989) The [...] Continue reading

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Google Scholar Advanced Search

Going with the flow of changes in Google search or Google Scholar (GS) can take a bit of effort. Last year we saw Google remove the GS link from the Google Bar menu. Scholar can increase visibility and accessibility of scholarly content. Google works with publishers to index peer-reviewed papers, theses, preprints, technical reports and [...] Continue reading

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Ditch the Monograph?

Have you noticed short-form print or e-books in our library collection? An expanding array of publishers are experimenting with short-form books, in print and online. These books generally run from 50 to 125 pages and feature overviews of a topic to cutting-edge subjects. This type of content is not to be confused with condensed books. [...] Continue reading

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Cutting a Pizza: and the Mathematics of Voting

It’s pretty difficult these days to keep from thinking about politics and the upcoming elections. Occasionally there is a mention in the news about various voting systems, which ones we use in the U.S., and the mathematics behind them. But what if you want to do your own mathematical analysis or understand the different arguments [...] Continue reading

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Traveling Salesman and Other Math Stories

Lately while exercising on a treadmill I have taken up the habit of listening to podcasts. This week I listened to a podcast from Princeton University’s Lunch & Learn series on the traveling salesman problem (TSP). One of the things I find most interesting about this math problem, is that it was first formulated as a math problem only [...] Continue reading

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On Bits, Bytes, and Bauds

Can you hear me laughing? I’m still chuckling over the mention on this year’s Beloit Mindset List that for the class of 2016 “they have spent much of their lives helping their parents understand that you don’t take pictures on “film” and that CDs and DVDs are not “tapes.”” “The Mindset List was created at Beloit [...] Continue reading

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Sneak Preview – Springerlink is Getting a New Look

Springerlink is about to change the look & feel of the search interface you have become accustomed to. In order to offer new online features, Springer is migrating all of their online content onto a new platform. It appears now that our holdings information has been transferred to the new site. What this means is [...] Continue reading

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