Books of the Day

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May 10

The Craft of Scientific Presentations: Critical Steps to Succeed and Critical Errors to Avoid by Michael Alley

"A bestseller and the most recent title in Michael Alley’s outstanding “Craft of…” series.“

Tom Spicer, Executive Editor

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May 12

Sleeping Beauties in Theoretical Physics by Thanu Padmanabhan

"One of the world’s leading theoretical physicists and a gifted teacher. Also one of my regular authors with whom it is a real pleasure to work: book highly praised in reviews.“

Angela Lahee, Executive Editor

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May 13

A Brief Illustrated History of Machines and Mechanisms by Bautista Paz, E., ceccarelli, m., Echávarri Otero, J., Muñoz Sanz, J.L.

"The authors of this book organised a very official book launch at the Biblioteca Nacional de España in Madrid. Having lived in Spain for seven years, it was a once in a lifetime experience to be allowed to give a presentation in Spanish about a new book at this famous national library.“

Nathalie Jacobs, Executive Editor

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May 17

Landscapes of Mars by Vogt

"This book features 3-D photos of the Martian surface, which make it really cool!“

Maury Solomon, Senior Editor, Astronomy

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May 22

Hütte - Das Ingenieurwissen by H. Czichos, M. Hennecke (Hrsg.)

"34 Editions in Engineering Knowledge“

Eva Hestermann-Beyerle, , Senior Editor Engineering

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May 29

On the Shores of Titan's Farthest Sea by Michael Carroll

"I started reading this SF murder mystery at the astronautics conference, where I also met Buzz Aldrin. I kept imagining him as one of the main characters. It is a rather unusual book for Springer, as it tells a fictional story, but it also explains the underlying science for dummies like me.“

Fleur van Dijl, Editorial Information Manager

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May 31

The Blue Laser Diode by Shuji Nakamura

"I recognized the importance of Nakamura's work before he became famous, and won him over as an author. He would go on to win the Nobel Prize.“

Claus Ascheron, Senior Editor, Physics

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June 1

La musica del Big Bang by Amedeo Balbi

"This is the first popular science book written by this talented author, and was also released in an English edition by Springer (2007; 2008). At the time he was a brilliant young researcher in Astronomy, and has since become an associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Rome University, Italy. Well known in Italy because he is a frequent guest on radio and TV programmes, he also won the National Prize for Popular Science Writing in 2015.“

Marina Forlizzi, Executive Editor

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June 2

Einstein's Enigma or Black Holes in My Bubble Bath by C.V. Vishveshwara

"A wonderful mix of popular science and fantasy, and the most entertaining way to correctly grasp relativity and black holes. The author pioneered quasinormal modes of black holes, which were the basis for the recent detection of gravitational waves. The author passed away this year at the age of 79.“

Ramon Khanna, Executive Editor, Astronomy

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June 4

Direkteinspritzsysteme für Otto- und Dieselmotoren by Stan, Cornel

"Absolutely the nicest author I've ever worked with, who always adheres to schedules: Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Prof. E. h. Dr. h. c. Cornel Stan. (Of course we also have plenty of other nice authors/editors :) )“

Sabine Bromby, Editorial Assistant, Principles for Technology (GLSP)

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June 7

Monte Carlo Applications in Polymer Science by Wolfgang Bruns, Ioan Motoc, Kenneth F. O’Driscoll

"This book was written by one of my professors!“

Steffen Pauly, Editorial Director

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June 14

Transmission Electron Microscopy by Barry C. Carter and David B. Williams

"At Springer we can be proud of having the strongest Microscopy program, including this market-leading textbook, widely used in classrooms and frequently cited. 2016 saw the publication of its companion book, which discusses selected topics further.“

Fleur van Dijl, Editorial Information Manager

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June 15

Fundamentals of Semiconductors by Peter Yu and Manuel Cardona

"For many years this was the leading textbook in semiconductor physics, worldwide. I also had a very fruitful personal relationship with the authors.“

Claus Ascheron, Senior Editor ,Physics

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June 16

Energy Security and Development: The Global Context and Indian Perspectives by B. Sudhakara Reddy, Sergio Ulgiati (Eds.)

"With more than 20,000 downloads, the book provides important take-aways for academics, policy-makers, suppliers, and all those interested in energy security.“

Sagarika Ghosh, Executive Editor - Business, Economics, Law, Statistics, Political Science

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June 18

Principles of Fluorescence Spectroscopy by Joseph R. Lakowicz

"THE textbook in Fluorescence Spectroscopy!“

Sabine Schwarz, Exec. Editor, Biomedicine

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June 19

The Astronaut's Cookbook by Bourland/Vogt

"This spiral bound volume was a huge hit. At one meeting I even baked cookies from the book and handed them out.“

Maury Solomon, Senior Editor, Astronomy

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June 21

Principles of Magnetic Resonance by Charles P. Slichter

"This is the bible for all NMR scientists. I had to buy it when my dream came true and I moved to Italy (starting my PhD in NMR).“

Christoph Baumann, Executive Editor Engineering

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June 26

Design Matters: The Organisation and Principles of Engineering Design by James Armstrong

"This was the very first book I acquired as a new publishing editor with Springer - its author was in fact the first potential author to respond to my invitations - and it represents the final work in the long and fruitful career one of the UK’s (and world’s) leading civil engineers, Dr James Armstrong OBE (1926-2010).“

Anthony Doyle, Executive Editor

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June 27

Wissenschaftliche und Technische Arbeiten: Zweiter Band - Technische Arbeiten by von Siemens, Werner

"Siemens was the mentor of Adolf Slaby, Fritz Springer's closest technical consultant in the 1890s - all of whom met as fellow members at the Club of Berlin, a famous gentlemen's club at that time. These contacts opened the doors for Springer to become first in publishing for members of the Academy as well as the TH Charlottenburg (later TU Berlin). Among the books available from that period on SpringerLink, it receives an impressive amount of attention (3,000 downloads).“

Thomas Lehnert, Executive Editor GLSP

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June 28

Solid Surfaces, Interfaces and Thin Films by Hans Lüth

"This is the best textbook available on the physics of interfaces!“

Claus Ascheron,

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June 29

Haltbarmachen von Lebensmitteln by Heiss, R., Eichner, K.

"Rudolf Heiss was by far the oldest author that I am aware of. He passed away shortly before his 106th birthday (Rudolf Heiss – Wikipedia). I suspect he had a secret way to preserve more than just food...“

Christoph Baumann, Executive Editor, Engineering

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July 2

Techniques for Nuclear and Particle Physics Experiments by Leo, William R

"I stumbled across this book when I first considered applying to be a Springer editor. The book is the bible in the community but it could use some updating, which I thought I would like to do at Springer. Still working on it…“

Hisako Niko, Editor, Physics

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July 8

Sushi: Food for the Eye, the Body and the Soul by Ole Mouritsen

"Everyone envies me when they find out I was the publisher behind this book. They don't know how much hard work it was. Still, it was delightful.“

Maria Bellantone, Senior Publishing Editor

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July 12

Thermodynamik des Kraftfahrzeugs: Grundlagen und Anwendungen - mit Prozesssimulationen by Stan, Cornel

"Absolutely the nicest author I've ever worked with, who always adheres to schedules: Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Prof. E. h. Dr. h. c. Cornel Stan. (Of course we also have plenty of other nice authors/editors :) )“

Sabine Bromby, Editorial Assistant, Principles for Technology (GLSP)

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July 14

Rock and Pop Venues by Adelman-Larsen, Niels Werner

"With a sponsored caravan, the author toured Europe for six months to measure the acoustics of rock and pop venues. That's what I call devotion to Springer!“

Christoph Baumann, Executive Editor

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July 15

Physikalisches Handwörterbuch by Arnold Berliner, Karl Scheel

"Arnold Berliner, one of the editors of this book, was the founding editor of the early Springer journal "The Science of Nature", formerly "Naturwissenschaften", which is - in its 104th year of publication - still a successful part of the Springer portfolio.“

Monika Bechtold, Editorial Assistant

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July 17

Analytiker-Taschenbuch by Günzler, Helmut et. al.

"This book reflects Springer's history in Analytical Chemistry, e. g. "Zeitschrift für Analytische Chemie", which was launched in 1862 and is now published as "Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry", our long-standing collaboration with leading researchers in the field.“

Steffen Pauly, Editorial Director

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July 18

Energy and the Wealth of Nations by Charles Hall and K. Klitgaard

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July 21

The Chang’E-1 Topographic Atlas of the Moon by Li, C., Liu, J., Mu, L., Ren, X., Zuo, W.

"Named after the Chinese moon goddess, the Chang'E-1 spacecraft brought back to the Earth high-quality image data on the Moon - data that the authors used to make this topographic atlas of the Moon. "This lovely book will help you easily find your way about the lunar surface".“

Jian Li, Editor, Physics & Astronomy

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July 23

Aptamers Selected by Cell-SELEX for Theranostics by Weihong Tan, Xiaohong Fang

"Weihong Tan is an influential and pioneering scientist in this field. He also made a video to talk about the research he did for this book and his experiences publishing with Springer.“

June Tang, Executive Editor, Physical Sciences & Engineering

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July 26

Worship Space Acoustics by David T. Bradley, Erica E. Ryherd, and Lauren M. Ronsse

"This gorgeous coffee table volume, published in collaboration with the Acoustical Society of America, combines science, art, and design. Lovingly put together, it is a joy to page through, while also rewarding those who read it in more detail.“

Sara Kate Heukerott, Senior Editor, Physics

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July 27

Dubbel Taschenbuch für den Maschinenbau by Karl-Heinrich Grote, Jörg Feldhusen (Hrsg.)

"The book is informally referred to as "The Engineer's Bible". It is over 100 years old, and has sold more than 1 million copies!“

Eva Hestermann-Beyerle, Senior Editor, Engineering

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July 30

Group Theory: Application to the Physics of Condensed Matter by Mildred S. Dresselhaus, Gene Dresselhaus , Ado Jorio

"Mildred Dresselhaus was a gifted scientist and great instructor for her students. Her name is timeless, also because various physical theories were named after her, e.g. the Hicks-Dresselhaus Model. She was also director of the Office of Science at the US Department of Energy during Bill Clinton's presidency.“

Claus Ascheron,

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August 3

Über die spezielle und die allgemeine Relativitätstheorie by Albert Einstein

"This is probably one of the most important theories in the history of science, explained by Albert Einstein himself, and now continuously available since 1917.“

Niels Peter Thomas, Springer Nature Chief Book Strategist

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August 7

From Multiscale Modeling to Meso-Science by Li,Jinghai etc.

"Contributed by outstanding scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, this book is the culmination of 25 years of work on the multi-scale simulation of various multi-phase chemical processes.“

SHEN Li, Senior Editor

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August 13

Das Buch der Klänge by Trevor Cox

"A fantastic (German-language) popular science book which lets you discover the world by ear. It starts with a revealing sound feeling in the London sewers and takes you to the Mayan pyramids, the Mojave desert and the mosque in Isfahan - and teaches you how to listen where before you didn't hear a thing!“

Renate Bayaz, Director Communications Springer

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August 14

Principles of Quantum Mechanics by Ramamurti Shankar

"One of our bestselling and widely respected graduate textbooks, adopted worldwide since the 1st edition in 1980.“

Tom Spicer, Executive Editor

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August 16

Engineering Design by Pahl, G, Beitz, W./translated Walllace, K, Blessing, L

"One of my very early signings. It was a privilege to keep the English verison of a stone-cold classic Springer text in print as a new edition. It took a bit of careful negotiation with the English translators to square their differences with the latest editors of the original edition.“

Anthony Doyle, Executive Editor

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August 17

Block-oriented Nonlinear System Identification by Fouad Giri and Er-Wei Bai

"When I was an Editorial Assistant, this was the first book that I worked on where the authors thanked me in the acknowledgments. It meant a lot to me! „

Charlotte Cross, Associate Editor

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August 19

From Newton to Mandelbrot by Stauffer, Dietrich et al.

"Dietrich Staffer was one of my professors in Cologne and a highlight in theoretical physics. He taught very funny lectures. As far as I remember he also held the world record for occupying computer memory for Monte Carlo simulations at the time.“

Christoph Baumann, Executive Editor

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August 20

Performance Assessment of Control Loops by Huang, Biao, Shah, Sirish L.

"The first book I ever dealt with as an Editorial Assistant - I couldn't believe that when I told expert academics to rewrite content because the English didn't make sense, they actually did it. Then they gave me a mention in the Preface, which really made my day (or, apparently, my couple of decades).“

Oliver Jackson, Editor

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August 21

Handbuch zur Flugunfalluntersuchung by Schuberdt, Christian-Heinz

"This work hasn’t only remained in my memory because of its always-current topic - flight accidents - but also because of its great preparation on the side of the publisher. When the book was published, there was a special event at Springer’s library to which high-ranking personalities (from the fire department, senate, police, airports, etc) were invited as well as the press - also, it wasn’t particularly easy to find a fitting image for the cover, as neither author nor publisher wished to use an image of a crashed plane, which could be attributed to a specific airline.“

Sabine Bromby, Editorial Assistant, Principles for Technology (GLSP)

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August 22

Alternative Antriebe für Automobile by Stan, Cornel

"Absolutely the nicest author I've ever worked with, who always adheres to schedules: Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Prof. E. h. Dr. h. c. Cornel Stan. (Of course we also have plenty of other nice authors/editors :) )“

Sabine Bromby, Editorial Assistant, Principles for Technology (GLSP)

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August 25

Life: An Introduction to Complex Systems Biology by Kunihiko Kaneko

"This book tackles a simple but elemental question, "what is life?", and proposes an approach to help answer this nagging question.“

Yasutaka Okazaki, Editor, Biomedicine

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August 28

Maschinenbau by W. Skolaut

"Everything readers need in order to receive a Bachelor in Engineering in just 1 book. Over 600,000 downloads to date!“

Eva Hestermann-Beyerle, Senior Editor, Engineering

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August 30

Quality Living Through Chemurgy and Green Chemistry by Peter C.K. Lau

"This book provides invaluable insights into and perspectives on biobased economies and bioproduction from academia, national laboratories, the health and environment industries, as well as consulting enterprises, with an introductory chapter by Dr David JC Constable (Director of ACS Green Chemistry Institute).“

June Tang, Executive Editor, Physical Sciences & Engineering

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September 1

Atlas of Astronomical Discoveries by Govert Schilling

"This is the most beautiful book I published at Springer in the roughly 10 years I worked as an astronomy editor. The colour, the lay-out, the comprehensive text and the nice overview of the most important astronomical discoveries are all combined in this masterpiece. It is also a great example of what editorial and production can achieve together when both go the extra mile. The author is one of the world's most gifted science journalists.“

Harry Blom, Vice President, Mathematics & Computer Science

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September 4

Mission Mars by Ajey Lele

"This book is one of my favourites. The whole process, from conceiving the idea for this book to its release, was completed within five months. Against all odds the book was published well before the actual and successful launch of MOM by ISRO. The book is a fantastic read for both technical and non-technical readers and beautifully explains the human dream of and quest for the red planet.“

Aninda Bose, Senior Editor, Hard Sciences

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September 9

Topological Insulators: Dirac Equation in Condensed Matters by Shen, Shun-Qing

"The first monograph on a fascinating new field of modern Condensed Matter Physics. A must-have reference work for researchers and a perfect learning guide for students working in the area of topological insulators.“

Jian Li, Editor, Physics & Astronomy

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September 12

Quirky Quarks - Mit Cartoons durch die unglaubliche Welt der Physik by Boris Lemmer, Benjamin Bahr, Rina Piccolo

"Really - it’s a physics book that teaches you a lot AND makes you laugh at the same time! Not only is the book itself fun, but working with such creative, inspiring and kind authors has been a real pleasure!“

Margit Maly, Associate Editor, Physics, GLSP

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September 13

Elegance and Enigma – The Quantum Interviews by Max Schlosshauer

"The inside scoop” in The Frontiers Collection. Top quantum physicists answer the editor’s questions about their views on the interpretation of quantum mechanics – all the main interpretations are represented.“

Angela Lahee,

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September 15

Guerrilla Science by Altshuler, Ernesto

"A popular book about doing science against all odds in Cuba where the students are enthusiastic and their creativity is remarkable. Revealing and thought-provoking!“

Angela Lahee,

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September 17

A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud by Brian May

"Because I love telling people that Brian May from the rock band Queen has a PhD in astrophysics and that his thesis was published by Springer!“

Kate Davis, Marketing Director

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September 19

Stretchable Bioelectronics for Medical Devices and Systems by John A. Rogers, Roozbeh Ghaffari, Dae-Hyeong Kim

"Contributing to the advancement of cutting-edge, non- and minimally-invasive implantables, this book will help transform healthcare devices and medical tools in ways we've never seen before. „

Marta Moldvai, Editor

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September 21

Roloff/Matek Maschinenelemente by Wittel et al.

"A standard reference work, market leader, and trendsetter, with over 600,000 downloads in 2016.“

Thomas Zipsner, Senior Editor, Hard Sciences, Principles for Technology (GLSP)

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September 22

Introduction to Astrochemistry by Satoashi Yamamoto

"This book provides a basic understanding of astrochemistry, helping readers to better interpret data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA), the first global telescope, which could help to discover the first signs of life beyond Earth.“

Hisako Niko, Editor, Physics

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September 24

Motion Control in Offshore and Dredging by P. Albers

"Having worked in the “typical Dutch” Dredging Industry myself before coming to publishing, it was a special joy to be able to publish a book on Motion Control in Offshore and Dredging. The book even looks great. I will never forget how the author organised a book launch in the NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam, which included a theatre production on motion control in which every chapter of the book was reflected. Really nice!“

Nathalie Jacobs, Executive Editor

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September 28

Electricity and Magnetism by Teruo Matsushita

"This book offers a systematic introduction to the superconductivity aspect in electromagnetism, helping students understand the analogy between electricity and magnetism. One of the most-downloaded books in ULNP.“

Hisako Niko, Editor, Physics

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October 1

Gerthsen Physik by Meschede, Hrsg.

"Gerthsen Physik was first published with Volk und Wissen Berlin in 1948. It is one of the most well-known and popular German-language textbooks for experimental physics, and covers all basic lectures for experimental physics.“

Lisa Edelhäuser, Exec. Editor

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October 3

An Indispensable Truth: How Fusion Power Can Save the Planet by Francis F Chen

"Popular science title from a highly respected researcher in the field, offering an overview of major advances and challenges in the quest for fusion energy. With An Indispensable Truth: How Fusion Power Can Save the Planet, Frank Chen has provided a sweeping perspective on fusion energy. He covers everything from climate change to plasma instabilities. On climate change and energy, the view is best from 30,000 feet: The book provides a good high-level overview of the issues at stake...On fusion plasma physics, Chen's area of expertise, An Indispensable Truth provides an intuitive, up-close explanation of exciting recent advances and future challenges... An Indispensable Truth provides an exciting whirlwind tour of energy issues and technologies, with particular insight into fusion. (Physics Today, Volume 65, Issue 2, February 2012)“

Tom Spicer, Executive Editor

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October 4

Symmetry through the Eyes of a Chemist by Magdolna Hargittai, Istvan Hargittai

"A unique book where chemistry and aesthetics merge together.“

Svetlana Zakharchenko, Associate Editor, Chemistry

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October 7

Alternative Propulsion for Automobiles by Stan, Cornel

"Absolutely the nicest author I've ever worked with, who always adheres to schedules: Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Prof. E. h. Dr. h. c. Cornel Stan. (Of course we also have plenty of other nice authors/editors :) )“

Sabine Bromby, Editorial Assistant, Principles for Technology (GLSP)

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October 14

Principles and Methods of Quantum Information Technologies by Yoshihisa Yamamoto, Kouichi Semba

"The best researchers in quantum information technology contributed to this volume, which highlights the state of the art.“

Hisako Niko, Editor, Physics

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October 17

Analog Design Essentials by Willy Sansen

"In an increasingly “digital” world, most in-the-know engineers agree that analogue design skills are fundamentally important. This book’s innovative approach emphasizes information-rich slides, while minimizing text.“

Charles Glaser

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October 19

Engineering Women: Re-visioning Women's Scientific Achievements and Impacts by Jill Tietjen

"First book in the new Women in Engineering and Science series, written by the series editor. Highlights women's important contributions to science. The future books will each cover a specific field within engineering and science (bio-engineering, control engineering, power engineering, etc), edited by a prominent scientist in the area.“

Mary James, Senior Editor

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October 21

Spacecraft Attitude Determination and Control by James Wertz

"Published in 1978, this classic still sells as a paperback - now going for more than 200 USD! The editor, James Wertz, is a true rocket scientist who builds rockets in his own assembly hall. He has written and edited numerous other high-quality space technology books and has been a series editors for us for many years.“

Harry Blom, Vice President, Mathematics & Computer Science

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October 26

Name Reactions by Jie Jack Li

"This book is incredibly popular in the organic chemistry community, both with students and academics. It is now in its 5th edition and has been downloaded over 65k times. „

Charlotte Hollingworth, Senior Editor, Chemistry