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CONTENTSHighlights 1 In a Nutshell 5 Textbooks 6 Princeton Frontiers in Physics 7 BiologicalPhysics 8 Condensed Matter 9 Quantum Physics 9 Astronomy & Astrophysics 10 Princeton Series in Astrophysics 12 Princeton Series in Modern Observational Astronomy 13 Princeton Series in Physics 13 Mathematics, Mathematical Physics & Engineering 14 Princeton Science Library 16 Science Essentials 18 Albert Einstein 19 Of Related Interest 22Kip S. Thorne, Co-Winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in PhysicsNewModern ClassicalPhysicsOptics, Fluids, Plasmas,Elasticity, Relativity, andStatistical PhysicsKip S. Thorne& Roger D. Blandford“Comprehensive, concise, andcoherent, this is a marvelous summary of the essence of classicalphysics . . . and an essential partof any physicist’s toolkit.”—David Stevenson, CaltechThis first-year, graduate-leveltext and reference book coversthe fundamental concepts andtwenty-first-century applicationsof six major areas of classicalphysics that every masters- orPhD-level physicist should be exposed to, but often isn’t: statisticalphysics, optics (waves of all sorts),elastodynamics, fluid mechanics,plasma physics, and special andgeneral relativity and cosmology.Its six main topical sections arealso designed so they can be usedin separate courses, and the bookprovides an invaluable referencefor researchers.2017. 1552 pages. 15 tables. 325 line illus.24 color illus. 6 halftones.Cl: 978-0-691-15902-7 125.00 104.95NewGravitationCharles W. Misner, Kip S. Thorne& John Archibald WheelerWith a new foreword byDavid I. Kaiser and a newpreface by Charles W. Misner& Kip S. Thorne“Gravitation is a classic.”—David Spergel, PrincetonUniversityFirst published in 1973, Gravitation is a landmark graduate-leveltextbook that presents Einstein’sgeneral theory of relativity andoﬀers a rigorous, full-year courseon the physics of gravitation.This authoritative text has shapedthe research of generations ofphysicists and astronomers, andthe book continues to influencethe way experts think about thesubject.2017. 1280 pages. 22 halftones. 277 line illus.Cl: 978-0-691-17779-3 60.00 49.95Problem Bookin Relativity andGravitationAlan P. Lightman, William H.Press, Richard H. Price &Saul A. TeukolskySee page 10 for details.NewThe Little Bookof Black HolesSteven S. Gubser& Frans Pretorius“Provides an elegantly brief introduction to the basic properties ofblack holes and their occurrencein the universe. I warmly recommend it to the general reader.”—Roger Penrose, author ofFashion, Faith, and Fantasy in theNew Physics of the UniverseBlack holes, predicted by AlbertEinstein’s general theory of relativity more than a century ago,have long intrigued scientists andthe public with their bizarre andfantastical properties. The physicsgoverning how they behaveand aﬀect their surroundings isstranger and more mind-bendingthan any fiction. The Little Bookof Black Holes takes readers deepinto the mysterious heart ofthe subject, oﬀering rare clarityof insight into the physics thatmakes black holes simple yetdestructive manifestations ofgeometric destiny.Science EssentialsJohn Dowling, Series Editor2017. 200 pages. 29 line illus.Cl: 978-0-691-16372-7 19.95 14.95catalog cover illustration by Kenneth Gwin
HIGHLIGHTSForthcomingOn GravityA Brief Tour of aWeighty SubjectA. Zee“This engaging and enjoyablebook focuses on our modernunderstanding of gravity throughgeneral relativity. With anentertaining narrative, Zee examines the development of theseconcepts and how they meshwith other discoveries in physics.On Gravity makes for compellingreading.”—Pedro Ferreira, author ofThe Perfect TheoryOf the four fundamental forcesof nature, gravity might be theleast understood and yet theone with which we are mostintimate.From the months eachof us spent suspended in thewomb anticipating birth to themoments when we wait for sleepto transport us to other realities,we are always aware of gravity.In On Gravity, physicist A. Zeecombines profound depth withincisive accessibility to take us ona tour of Einstein’s general theoryof relativity. Concise and precise,and infused with Zee’s signaturefreshness of style, On Gravityopens a unique pathway to comprehending relativity and gainingdeep insight into gravity.April 2018. 192 pages. 26 b/w illus.Cl: 978-0-691-17438-9 19.95 14.95Not for sale in China, Taiwan, Singapore, andHong KongForthcomingLectures on theInfrared Structureof Gravity andGauge TheoryAndrew Strominger“In the 1950s, Feynman and others brilliantly solved the ultraviolet problems in electromagneticsby renormalization, but theinfrared properties of gaugetheory were felt to be trivialand were neglected. However,Strominger’s book shows thatthey are a rich field that may wellhold the resolution of the blackhole information paradox.”—Stephen Hawking, Universityof Cambridge and author ofA Brief History of TimeBased on a popular HarvardUniversity course taught by theauthor, this book gives a conciseintroduction to recent discoveriesconcerning the structure of gravity and gauge theory at very longdistances. Uniquely connectiveand cutting-edge, Lectures on theInfrared Structure of Gravity andGauge Theory takes students andscholars to the forefront of newdevelopments in the discipline.Topics include soft theorems,the memory eﬀect, asymptoticsymmetries with applications toQED, Yang-Mills theory, quantum gravity, and black holesMarch 2018. 184 pages. 25 color illus.Pa: 978-0-691-17973-5 49.95 41.95Cl: 978-0-691-17950-6 125.00 104.951ForthcomingTotally RandomWhy Nobody UnderstandsQuantum Mechanics(A Serious Comic ofEntanglement)Tanya Bub & Jeffrey Bub“What a delight! Totally Randomexplores some of the strangestfeatures of quantum theory—andintroduces some of the mostimportant new devices thatexploit quantum weirdness—ina way that is accessible, smart,and funny. An entanglementpage-turner!”—David Kaiser, author ofHow the Hippies Saved PhysicsTotally Random is a comic for theserious reader who wants to reallyunderstand the central mystery ofquantum mechanics—entanglement: what it is, what it means,and what you can do with it.This is a graphic experientialnarrative that unpacks the deepand insidious significance ofthe curious correlation betweenentangled particles to deliver agut-feel glimpse of a world thatis not what it seems. A fresh andsubversive look at our quantumworld with some seriously funnystuﬀ, Totally Random delivers areal understanding of entanglement that will completely changethe way you think about thenature of physical reality.June 2018. 260 pages. 250 b/w illus.Pa: 978-0-691-17695-6 22.95 18.95
HIGHLIGHTSForthcomingThe Secret Lifeof ScienceHow It Really Worksand Why It MattersJeremy J. Baumberg“A uniquely original analysis ofhow the global scientific researchecosystem works. [Baumberg]accurately describes how thepublish-or-perish climate ofresearch is just one of the manycompetitive challenges facingacademic scientists on the longroad to tenure.”—Tony Hey, Chief DataScientist, Rutherford AppletonLaboratory, Science and Technology Facilities CouncilWe take the advance of science asgiven. But is the scientific enterprise truly as healthy as we tendto think? How does the systemitself shape what scientists do?The Secret Life of Science takes aclear-eyed and provocative look atthe current state of global science,shedding light on a cutthroat andtightly tensioned enterprise thateven scientists themselves oftendon’t fully understand. The SecretLife of Science explains why thishypercompetitive environment isstifling the diversity of researchand the resiliency of science itself,and why new ideas are needed toensure that the scientific enterprise remains healthy and vibrant.May 2018. 256 pages. 41 b/w illus.Cl: 978-0-691-17435-8 29.95 24.95NewUsefulness ofUseless KnowledgeAbraham FlexnerWith a companion essay byRobert Dijkgraaf“These two eloquent essays aretimely and timeless treasures.”—Sean B. Carroll, author of TheSerengeti Rules and Brave GeniusIn his classic essay “The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge,”Abraham Flexner, the foundingdirector of the Institute forAdvanced Study in Princetonand the man who helped bringAlbert Einstein to the UnitedStates, describes a great paradoxof scientific research. The searchfor answers to deep questions,motivated solely by curiosity,often leads not only to the greatest scientific discoveries butalso to the most revolutionarytechnological breakthroughs. Inshort, no quantum mechanics,no computer chips. This briefbook also includes Flexner’stimeless 1939 essay alongside anew companion essay by RobbertDijkgraaf, the Institute’s currentdirector, in which he shows thatFlexner’s defense of the valueof “the unobstructed pursuit ofuseless knowledge” may be evenmore relevant today than it was inthe early twentieth century.2017. 104 pages.Cl: 978-0-691-17476-12 9.95 8.95New in PaperbackFashion, Faith, andFantasy in the NewPhysics of the UniverseRoger Penrose“An extremely original, rich, andthoughtful survey of today’s mostfashionable attempts to decipherthe cosmos on its smallest andlargest scales.”—ScienceWhat can fashionable ideas, blindfaith, or pure fantasy possiblyhave to do with the scientificquest to understand the universe?Surely, theoretical physicists areimmune to mere trends, dogmaticbeliefs? Acclaimed physicist andbestselling author Roger Penroseargues that researchers working atthe extreme frontiers of physicsare just as susceptible to theseforces as anyone else. In thisprovocative book, he argues thatfashion, faith, and fantasy, whilesometimes productive and evenessential in physics, may be leading today’s researchers astray inthree of the field’s most importantareas—string theory, quantummechanics, and cosmology. Theresult is an important critiqueof some of the most significantdevelopments in physics today.2017. 520 pages. 186 line illus.Pa: 978-0-691-17853-0 17.95 14.95Cl: 978-0-691-11979-3 29.95 19.95Winner of the 2017 PROSE Award inChemistry & Physics, Association ofAmerican Publishers
HIGHLIGHTSNewFrom Photon to NeuronLight, Imaging, VisionPhilip Nelson“Nelson masterfully blends thenatural sciences to explore howwe perceive and control light.”—Adam Cohen, HarvardUniversityFrom Photon to Neuron providesundergraduates with an accessibleintroduction to the physics oflight and oﬀers a unified view of abroad range of optical and biological phenomena. Along the way,this richly illustrated textbookbuilds the necessary backgroundin neuroscience, photochemistry,and other disciplines. With itsintegrated approach, From Photonto Neuron can be used as thebasis for many interdisciplinarycourses. The goal is always forstudents to gain the fluencyneeded to derive every result forthemselves, so the book includesa wealth of exercises, includingmany that guide students throughcomputer-based solutions.2017. 512 pages. 300 color illus.Pa: 978-0-691-17519-5 49.50 41.95Cl: 978-0-691-17518-8 110.00 91.95ForthcomingA Student’s Guideto Python for PhysicalModelingUpdated EditionJesse M. Kinder & Philip NelsonForthcomingMolecular MachinesA Materials Science ApproachGiovanni Zocchi“Stimulating. Zocchi presents anew and refreshing perspective onold fundamental problems. [This]is an important book.”—Anatoly B. Kolomeisky, authorof Motor Proteins and MolecularMotorsMolecular Machines presents adynamic new approach to thephysics of enzymes and DNAfrom the perspective of materialsscience. Unified around the concept of molecular deformability,this book describes the complexmolecules of life from the innovative perspective of materialsproperties and dynamics, incontrast to structural or purelychemical approaches. It covers awealth of topics, including nonlinear deformability of enzymesand DNA, the chemo-dynamiccycle of enzymes, supra-molecularconstructions with internal stress,Brownian motion, and barriercrossing. Essential reading forresearchers in materials science,engineering, and nanotechnology, the book also describes thelandmark experiments that haveestablished the materials properties and energy landscape of largebiological molecules.July 2018. 208 pages. 94 b/w illus.Cl: 978-0-691-17386-3 65.00 54.95March 2018. 176 pages. 5 color illus.Pa: 978-0-691-18057-1 24.95 19.95Cl: 978-0-691-18056-4 75.00 62.953NewNatural ComplexityA Modeling HandbookPaul Charbonneau“The appeal of this book istwofold. It provides practicalexamples of computational modeling. It also motivates readers bydetailing breathtaking systems inthe real world. The combinationis winning.”—Aimee Norton, StanfordUniversityThis book provides a short,hands-on introduction to the science of complexity using simplecomputational models of naturalcomplex systems—with modelsand exercises drawn from physics,chemistry, geology, and biology.By working through the modelsand engaging in additionalcomputational explorations suggested at the end of each chapter,readers very quickly develop anunderstanding of how complexstructures and behaviors canemerge in natural phenomena asdiverse as avalanches, forest fires,earthquakes, chemical reactions,animal flocks, and epidemicdiseases. Self-contained and accessible, Natural Complexity enablesreaders to form their own answersto the questions of what naturalcomplexity is and how it arises.Primers in Complex Systems2017. 376 pages. 19 tables. 62 color illus.28 line illus. 1 halftone.Pa: 978-0-691-17035-0 49.50 41.95Cl: 978-0-691-17684-0 99.50 83.95
HIGHLIGHTSForthcomingLife on MarsWhat to Know Before We GoDavid A. Weintraub“Weintraub’s well-written andeasy-to-read book will appeal toanyone interested in Mars andthe search for life.”—Alfred McEwen, director of thePlanetary Image Research Laboratory, University of ArizonaDoes life exist on Mars? Thisbook tells the complete story ofthe quest to answer one of themost tantalizing questions inastronomy. But it is more thana history. Life on Mars explainswhat we need to know beforewe go.David Weintraub tells why, of allthe celestial bodies in our solarsystem, Mars has beckoned to usthe most. He traces how our ideasabout life on Mars have beenrefined by landers and rovers,telescopes, spectroscopy, and evena Martian meteorite.Life on Mars is also a bookabout how science is done—andundone—in the age of massmedia. It shows how Mars maniahas obscured our vision sincewe first turned our sights on theplanet and encourages a healthyskepticism toward the media hypesurrounding Mars.May 2018. 320 pages. 8 color illus 38 b/willus.Cl: 978-0-691-18053-3 29.95 24.95NewWelcome to theUniverseThe Problem BookNeil deGrasse Tyson,Michael A. Strauss &J. Richard Gott“This book . . . will be a valuableresource for anyone teachingintroductory astronomy and anexhilarating challenge for students who want to sharpen theirwits against the cosmos.”—David Weinberg, Ohio StateUniversityWhether you’re a student orteacher, citizen scientist or scienceenthusiast, your guided tour ofthe cosmos just got even morehands-on with Welcome to theUniverse: The Problem Book.Here is the essential companionto Welcome to the Universe, aNew York Times bestseller thatwas inspired by the enormouslypopular introductory astronomycourse for nonscience majors thatNeil deGrasse Tyson, MichaelA. Strauss, and J. Richard Gotttaught together at Princeton. Thisproblem book features more thanone hundred problems and exercises used in the original course—ideal for anyone who wants todeepen their understanding of theoriginal material and to learn tothink like an astrophysicist.2017. 264 pages. 13 line illus.Pa: 978-0-691-17781-6 35.00 27.95Cl: 978-0-691-17780-9 65.00 54.954Welcome to theUniverseAn Astrophysical TourNeil deGrasse Tyson,Michael A. Strauss &J. Richard Gott“The authors maintain the individual charms of their distinctvoices chapter by chapter sothe reader has the visceral senseof science shared, passed fromone mind to another, almost asthough through an oral history—ultimately, a warm welcome tothe universe.”—Janna Levin, author of BlackHole Blues and Other Songs fromOuter SpaceWelcome to the Universe is a personal guided tour of the cosmosby three of today’s leading astrophysicists. Describing the latestdiscoveries in astrophysics, theinformative and entertaining narrative propels you from our homesolar system to the outermostfrontiers of space. How do starslive and die? Why did Pluto loseits planetary status? What are theprospects of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe? Answeringthese and many other questions,the authors open your eyes to thewonders of the cosmos.2016. 472 pages. 100 color illus.Cl: 978-0-691-15724-5 39.95 29.95A New York Times BestsellerHonorable Mention for the 2017 PROSEAward in Cosmology & Astronomy,Association of American Publishers
IN A NUTSHELLNewThe Standard Modelin a NutshellDave Goldberg“Has the potential to become thestandard book for an introductory course on the StandardModel.”—Craig Copi, Case WesternReserve UniversityProvides a comprehensive andaccessible introduction to one ofthe most important subjects inmodern physics, revealing whythe Standard Model really is aselegant as physicists say.2017. 320 pages. 66 line illus. 12 tables.9 halftones.Cl: 978-0-691-16759-6 85.00 70.95Condensed Matterin a NutshellGerald D. Mahan2010. 592 pages. 162 line illus. 35 tables.Cl: 978-0-691-14016-2 105.00 87.95Not for sale in South AsiaQuantum Mechanicsin a NutshellGerald D. Mahan2009. 416 pages. 58 line illus.Cl: 978-0-691-13713-1 105.00 87.95String Theoryin a NutshellElias Kiritsis2007. 608 pages. 18 halftones. 44 line illus.7 tables.Cl: 978-0-691-12230-4 97.50 81.95Not for sale in South AsiaGroup Theory in aNutshell for PhysicistsA. Zee“Clearly written, this book makesan ideal text for a graduate coursein physics on the subject.”—Barry Simon, CaliforniaInstitute of TechnologyThis book is a user-friendly andclassroom-tested text that focuseson the aspects of group theoryphysicists most need to know.Also included: a concise reviewof the linear algebra needed forgroup theory, making the bookideal for self-study.2016. 632 pages. 65 line illus. 3 halftones.Cl: 978-0-691-16269-0 90.00 74.95Astrophysicsin a NutshellSecond EditionDan Maoz“The presentation of so muchmaterial . . . is done very skillfully.”—Leon Mestel, ObservatoryThis has become the text ofchoice in astrophysics courses forscience majors at top universitiesin North America and beyond.This expanded and fully updatedsecond edition, is a brief butthorough introduction to theobservational data and theoreticalconcepts underlying modernastronomy.2016. 312 pages. 77 line illus. 21 halftones.Cl: 978-0-691-16479-3 85.00 70.95Honorable Mention for the 2017 PROSEAward in Textbook/Best in PhysicalSciences & Mathematics, Association ofAmerican PublishersWinner of the Chambliss Award, AmericanAstronomical SocietyEinstein Gravityin a NutshellClassicalElectromagnetismin a NutshellA. Zee2013. 888 pages. 50 halftones. 150 line illus.Cl: 978-0-691-14558-7 99.95 83.95One of Choice’s Outstanding AcademicTitles for 2013Quantum Field Theoryin a NutshellA. Zee2010. 608 pages. 95 line illus.Cl: 978-0-691-14034-6 85.00 70.95Not for sale in South AsiaStatistical Mechanicsin a NutshellLuca Peliti2011. 416 pages. 74 line illus. 6 tables.Cl: 978-0-691-14529-7 99.95 83.955Anupam Garg2012. 712 pages. 52 halftones. 122 line illus.Cl: 978-0-691-13018-7 115.00 95.95Elementary ParticlePhysics in a NutshellChristopher G. Tully2011. 320 pages. 135 halftones.Cl: 978-0-691-13116-0 97.50 81.95Nuclear Physicsin a NutshellCarlos A. Bertulani2007. 488 pages. 118 tables. 50 line illus.Cl: 978-0-691-12505-3 99.95 83.95
TEXTBOOKSDoing Global ScienceA Guide to ResponsibleConduct in Global ResearchInterAcademy Partnership“A comprehensive code of conductfor scientific research.”—Maria Spiropulu, CaliforniaInstitute of Technology2016. 192 pages. 11 line illus.Cl: 978-0-691-17075-6 14.95 12.95Data Analysis forScientists andEngineersAn I
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