Rain Of Atomic Bombs

August Book Display

The month of August is remembered, in part, as the month the first Atomic Bomb was ever used in World War II. Sixty two years later there is still an interest in the stories surrounding these devastating  days of war and the Japanese people before, during and right up to present day. Come join us in the Todd Library and check out some of our collection on Japan and its cultural way of life.

BONES AND ROCKS

While they may not seem like typical library resources to you, the Todd Library has a collection of bones and medical models, as well as rock identification kits! The medical models of the skull, skeleton, circulatory tree, and the heart are just a few of the models. We also have models of the fossil skulls of early man like Homo Erectus and Neanderthal. The rock identification kits are great to use for your Earth Science class. You will find these resources at the Circulation Desk, so just ask one of our friendly Circulation staff. These materials are for Library Use only, so stay in the library and study some bones or rocks.

Two New Books

I highly recommend these two new books, which are recent additions to our collection:

  • OurSpace : resisting the corporate control of culture / Christine Harold
    • Book Description (from Publisher): “When reporters asked about the Bush administration’s timing in making their case for the Iraq war, then Chief of Staff Andrew Card responded that “from an marketing point of view, you don’t introduce new products in August.” While surprising only in its candor, this statement signified the extent to which consumer culture has pervaded every aspect of life. For those troubled by the long reach of the marketplace, resistance can seem futile. However, a new generation of progressive activists has begun to combat the media supremacy of multinational corporations by using the very tools and techniques employed by their adversaries.In OurSpace, Christine Harold examines the deployment and limitations of “culture jamming” by activists. These techniques defy repressive corporate culture through parodies, hoaxes, and pranks. Among the examples of sabotage she analyzes are the magazine Adbusters’ spoofs of familiar ads and the Yes Men’s impersonations of company spokespersons.While these strategies are appealing, Harold argues that they are severely limited in their ability to challenge capitalism. Indeed, many of these tactics have already been appropriated by corporate marketers to create an aura of authenticity and to sell even more products. For Harold, it is a different type of opposition that offers a genuine alternative to corporate consumerism. Exploring the revolutionary Creative Commons movement, copyleft, and open source technology, she advocates a more inclusive approach to intellectual property that invites innovation and wider participation in the creative process.From switching the digital voice boxes of Barbie dolls and G.I. Joe action figures to inserting the silhouetted image of Abu Ghraib’s iconic hooded and wired victim into Apple’s iPod ads, high-profile instances of anticorporate activism over the past decade have challenged, but not toppled, corporate media domination. OurSpace makes the case for a provocative new approach by co-opting the logic of capitalism itself.”
  • Full frontal feminism : a young women’s guide to why feminism matters / Jessica Valenti
    • Book Description (from Publisher): “Feminism isn’t dead. It just isn’t very cool anymore. Enter Full Frontal Feminism, a book that embodies the forward-looking messages that author Jessica Valenti propagates on her popular website, Feministing.com.Covering a range of topics, including pop culture, health, reproductive rights, violence, education, relationships, and more, Valenti provides young women a primer on why feminism matters.Valenti knows better than anyone that young women need a smart-ass book that deals with real-life issues in a style they can relate to. No rehashing the same old issues. No belaboring where today’s young women have gone wrong. Feminism should be something young women feel comfortable with, something they can own. Full Frontal Feminism is sending out the message to readers — yeah, you’re feminists, and that’s actually pretty frigging cool.”

How’s your Science Literacy?

Not too sharp? Read Natalie Angier’s new book: “The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science.”

Here is a review (found via Amazon.com) :

Pulitzer-winning science writer Angier (Woman: An Intimate Geography) distills everything you’ve forgotten from your high school science classes and more into one enjoyable book, a guide for the scientifically perplexed adult who wants to understand what those guys in lab coats on the news are babbling about, in the realms of physics, chemistry, biology, geology or astronomy. More important even than the brief rundowns of atomic theory or evolution—enlivened by interviews with scientists like Brian Greene—are the first three chapters on scientific thinking, probability and measurement. These constitute the basis of a scientific examination of the world. Understand these principles, Angier argues, and suddenly, words like “theory” and “statistically significant” have new meaning. Angier focuses on a handful of key concepts, allowing her to go into some depth on each; even so, her explanations can feel rushed, though never dry. Angier’s writing can also be overadorned with extended metaphors that obscure rather than explain, but she eloquently asks us to attend to the universe: to really look at the stars, at the plants, at the stones around us. This is a pleasurable and nonthreatening guide for anyone baffled by science.