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December 2011 - Editor's Blog

Welcome to the SB&F Editor's Blog. I am Maria Sosa, Editor-in-Chief of SB&F. Through this blog I hope to interact with the SB&F community and post news and information related to science books, videos, authors, opportunities and other topics of interest to our readers. I hope you find the blog useful and entertaining. Please, join the conversation by posting a comment on our Facebook page. I'd love to hear from you!


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  • Cambridge University Library has made available online many of the notebooks and papers of Isaac Newton (1642-1727) to launch the new Cambridge Digital Library . Newton's own annotated copy of his Principia Mathematica is among the notebooks and manuscripts made available by the Library, which holds the world's largest and most significant collection of the scientific works of Isaac Newton. In the three-part Principia, Newton lays out in mathematical terms his laws of motion and account of universal gravitation. Newton's laws of motion formed the foundation of classical mechanics, and Newton's law of universal gravitation. Newton's manuscripts are part of Cambridge's Foundations...      Read more...
  • The best nature and wildlife films are informative, moving, and artistic. Recently I discovered a web resource that only features some terrific videos, but goes even further by sharing some of the secrets of the craft of science filmmaking. It's called Untamed Science and is the product of a collaboration that includes scientists, filmmakers and educators. They can tell you about their mission better than I can so go here to read about it. But before you do, let me tell you what excites me about what they are doing. My favorite part of Untamed Science is a section called An Introduction ot Science and Wildlife Filmmaking . This is essentially a primer on how to make your own science videos...      Read more...
  • On Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET and Sunday, December 11, 2011, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET, the PBS series Nature will air an episode called Echo: An Elephant to Remember . Echo , the elephant matriarch, was the subject of many films and the leader of a much studied herd of elephants in Africa. Echo died of natural causes at the age of 65 in May of 2009. This film, which premiered in October of 2010, is a look back at this remarkable animal through extraordinary footage and interviews with the researchers who cared for and studied the herd, which was the subject of a number of documentary films and books over the years. (See list below.). The film presents significant events in Echo’s...      Read more...
    Published 9 Dec 2011 2:26 PM by Maria Sosa
  • As reported by Publisher’s Weekly , Amazon has acquired over 450 children's titles originally published by Marshall Cavendish . An Amazon rep told Publisher’s Weekly that, for now, the children's titles will be published by Amazon bearing the Marshall Cavendish name and that the children's unit will be part of the Amazon Publishing team overseen by Larry Kirshbaum in New York. The deal is not expected to be completed for several month and until it is finalized orders should continue to be made through existing MCCB sales teams. I can’t find any information at the moment about what this means for the future of ebooks for children, but it does spark my curiosity. Many...      Read more...
    Published 7 Dec 2011 11:54 AM by Maria Sosa
  • So you just got a Kindle and you’re trying to figure out which books to get. Here are some great science books to read on your device. And remember, you don’t really need a Kindle to read these great e-books. You can download the Kindle software for your computer or phone and even share the books across devices. Clicking on the book titles will take you to Amazon.com where you can download the books for your Kindle. Of course, Amazon is not the only source for ebooks and in the future we will also give you recommendations for other devices and platforms. The books on this list are mostly recent publications, although I have included a few classics. (You may notice that there are a...      Read more...
    Published 5 Dec 2011 4:12 PM by Maria Sosa