I’m thinking about how academics are using mobile technologies. I will be teaching a class later in the Fall and plan on using the whitepaper, “On the Move with the Mobile Web: Libraries and Mobile Technologies.” by Ellyssa Kroski http://eprints.rclis.org/15024/1/mobile_web_ltr.pdf ” as a course backbone. It is a great source for getting some ideas on how to introduce the capabilities of mobile technologies to library staff, and to our users. I encourage you to look at some of the apps that have been developed, take a look at the mobile.hsl.virginia.edu and Duke University websites, and get into the mobile adventure! I’m currently reading iPHone SDK Programming, Developing Mobile Applications for Apple iPhone and iPod touch, and so far so good!
Archive for the ‘Physics’ Category
Posted by effervescentlibrarian on September 1, 2009
Posted by effervescentlibrarian on August 27, 2009
I suppose I am getting ahead of myself, but I’m in the process of building a module in Owlspace (Rice’s Sakai/instruction space) for doing library research, so I thought I would also post some of the sources here.
AIP Style Manual (American Institute of Physics), 4th ed. 1990. QC5.45 .A45 1990 Fondren-Reference Desk
Available online at: http://www.aip.org.ezproxy.rice.edu/pubservs/style/4thed/toc.html
The AIP Style Manual serves as guidance in writing, editing, and preparing articles for publication by AIP and its member societies (in conjunction with the “Information for Contributors” page in the specific member journal). The Addendum includes instructions for electronic submission and a list of AIP member journals.
Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers – Style Manual Committee, Council of Science Editors. T11 .S386 2006 Documenting Sources: CSE Style, from Diana Hacker, for an overview of CSE Style as well as examples: http://dianahacker.com/resdoc/
Posted by effervescentlibrarian on August 17, 2009
I launched a documentary film series for the Physics and Astronomy Graduate Student Association last Friday. Most of the films this semester will be about physics or astronomy, but the first one, by request, was The Corporation. An excellent documentary, about the role of the corporation in society.
Films to be shown (date to be announced):The Journey to Palomer (90 minutes)
This is the story of George Ellery Hale and his efforts to create
three of the greatest astronomical observatories in the world-the
Yerkes Observatory, the Mt. Wilson Observatory, and the Palomar
Observatory. Originally shown on PBS.
Richard Feynman: Take the World from Another Point of View (38
minutes) and NOVA Feynman: The Best Mind Science Einstein (56 minutes)
Feynman describes how his sense of continuous wonder, his
childlike curiosity about anything and everything, led him to a life in
science. (Films for the Humanities and Sciences)
Albert Einstein and the Theory of Everything (50 minutes)
Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku and experts form Cambridge, MIT,
and elsewhere discuss Einstein. A gripping dramatizaion of Einstein’s
last two days paints a vivid portrait of an idealistic scientist who
never gave up seeking.
Bye-Bye Planet Pluto (50 minutes)
How many planets are there? It depends on how you define a planet. Bye-Bye Pluto!
The Copenhagen Interpretation: Quantum Physics vs. Relativity (50 minutes)
(Films for the Humanities and Sciences)
Here is a great article about showing films for library promotions.
Posted by effervescentlibrarian on August 10, 2009
Just discovered that the Niels Bohr Library and Archives of the American Institute of Physics holds more than a thousand tape-recorded interviews. Many of the oral history interview transcripts are now online. The interviews, conducted by the staff of the AIP Center for History of Physics and many other historians, offer unique insights into the lives, works, and personalities of modern scientists.
Posted by effervescentlibrarian on June 1, 2009
It can be very confusing to track down a citation that looks like this:
The arXiv is located at: http://arxiv.org/ and is a great online source of information. Paul Ginsparg started the repository for preprints in 1991. It was originally hosted at Los Alamos National Laboratory, but is now operated by Cornell University. It was THE original open access model, and is a crucial source for physics, astronomy, mathematics.
To find a paper in the arXiv:
If You Know the Archive and Paper Number
Archived submissions are each assigned a unique identifier of the form
yymm.nnnn (or arch-ive/yymmnnn for older submissions).
To retrieve the abstract page of a paper simply enter the identifier in
the "Search or Article-id" box in the top right of most pages.
You can also construct the URL (web address) for a paper with a
given identifier as
http://arxiv.org/abs/<identifier>. For example,
From the abstract page you will be able to choose your preferred
format for downloading and viewing the paper.
If You Want to Search for it Via the Web Interface
Using the world wide web interface, you can search
for papers based on archive subject area, title, author,
or keywords in the full abstracts. You are encouraged
to try it out.
So, to find the paper at the beginning of this blog post, you would go to http://arxiv.org/abs/0809.3599v1 Viola!
Posted by effervescentlibrarian on May 27, 2009
There comes an occasion in everyone’s life where pseudoscience pops up. I faced such a situation this week–a question that seemed serious enough, quickly unraveled, as I did a literature review.
So, here are a few places to look when you are refuting pseudoscience!
Dr. John Kramer has a nice column he does for Analog: http://www.npl.washington.edu/av/
Q172.5 .P77 C37 2003
The skeptic’s dictionary : a collection of strange beliefs, amusing deceptions, and dangerous delusions
|Personal author:||Carroll, Robert Todd, 1945-|
|Title:||The skeptic’s dictionary : a collection of strange beliefs, amusing deceptions, and dangerous delusions / Robert Todd Carroll.|
Q172.5 .P77 W96 2001
Quantum leaps in the wrong direction : where real science ends– and pseudoscience begins
|Personal author:||Wynn, Charles M.|
leaps in the wrong direction : where real science ends– and
pseudoscience begins / Charles M. Wynn and Arthur W. Wiggins ; with
cartoons by Sidney Harris.
Posted by effervescentlibrarian on May 14, 2009
This is interesting..from the Not Even Wrong Blog: "I mentioned this here
when I first heard about it, but by now more information is available.
Last Thursday the Austrian government announced their intention to
withdraw from membership in CERN, effective late 2010. This decision
still needs to be approved by the parliament. An official statement
from CERN is available here, news stories here and here, blog postings many places including here."
Will this have an impact on SCOAP3?
Posted by effervescentlibrarian on May 13, 2009
Several years ago I took a tour of the Niels Bohr Library & Archives and the Center for History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics. It is supported by donations from the Friends of the AIP Center for History of Physics and by an endowment from Rosa Segrè.
The collection has more than 30,000 historical digital images,
photographs, slides, lithographs, engravings, drawings and other visual
materials. The collection is richest in portraits and snapshots of
modern American physicists, astronomers and geophysicists but includes
many other scientists as well as photos and illustrations of
laboratories, telescopes, accelerators and other instruments, objects
One of the coolest things? The collection of physicists riding bicycles. No, really!
Posted by effervescentlibrarian on May 13, 2009
Interested in finding out more about the life of your favorite physicists? Here is a short list:
Eric Weisstein's World of Science Includes extensive encyclopedias of astronomy, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and scientific biography. Entries include definitions, diagrams, formulas, cross-references, and related resources. Searchable, and browsable alphabetically or by topic. Also has a "random entry" feature. The author is a scientist with advanced degrees in physics and planetary science. http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/
The Galileo Project This site looks at the life and works of Galileo Galilei, mathematician, astronomer, and physicist. Features a biography, including patrons, theories, and inventions; timelines; portraits of Galileo and other scientists; brief biographies of his contemporaries; figures in the Catholic Church that played a role in the Inquisition; a glossary, bibliography, maps, lesson plans, and related links. Searchable. From Rice University, Houston, Texas. http://galileo.rice.edu/
Contributions of 20th Century Women to Physics Profiles of nearly 90 20th-century women "who have made original and important contributions to physics" before 1976. Includes "descriptions of some important work they have done and also biographical information regarding their lives, work, [and] achievements." Searchable, and browsable by field of study. Includes writings, an annotated gallery of photographs, and a collection of quotes. From the University of California, Los Angeles. http://cwp.library.ucla.edu/
ECHO Exploring and Collecting History Online) is a directory to 5,000+ websites concerning the history of science, technology, and industry. You can search it, browse it according to category, or even look at the tag cloud they have generated. Has some primary source resources. http://echo.gmu.edu/
Posted by effervescentlibrarian on January 29, 2009
I'm working on a comprehensive listing of physics societies and organizations. Here is the first pass:
- American Association of
Physics Teachers (AAPT)
- American Astronomical Society
- American Institute of Physics
- American Physical Society
- Astronomical Society of
for Advanced Space Studies (CASS)
- European Physical Society
- Fermi National Accelerator
- Institute of
Astronomy (University of Cambridge)
- Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
- Institute of Physics
- Lunar and Planetary
- Materials Research
- National Academy of Sciences
- National Aeronautics and
Space Administration (NASA)
- National Institute of
Standards and Technology. Physics Laboratory
- Optical Society of America
Societies Project (University of Waterloo)
- Sigma Pi
Sigma – National Physics Honor Society
- Society for Industrial and
- Society of