October 31, 1919

By - Systems Librarian October 31st, 2011

An old chestnut:

It is many years since the chestnuts have been so plentiful as they have been of late.  If the old weather predictions are true, this fact should presage a hard winter. Everybody will pray devoutly that such may be the case, as anything worse than the abominable season of last year cannot be imagined.

New Reference Book: Landmarks and Pioneers in American Science

By - Systems Librarian May 19th, 2009

Lura Sanborn – Reference Librarian

Research and Discovery: Landmarks and Pioneers in American Science edited by Russell Lawson, M.E. Sharpe, 2008.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 509 L44R

This three volumes set presents scientific biographies, topics and inventions from fourteen different branches of science.  A handful of primary source documents conclude each section.

Read about Weather in Early America, John Josselyn’s Description of Seventeenth-Century Fauna, Psychoanalysis in America, Count Rumford and/or browse the entry on New Hampshire’s own Mary Baker Eddy and her connection to Medicine & Health.

Helpful for: Science, Humanities IV, Ecology

Photo credit:

Count von Rumford, Benjamin Thompson. Essays, Political, Economical, and Philosophical. 2 vols. Boston: Manning & Loring, 1799. Thomas Jefferson’s Library. Lib. of Congress. 17 Apr. 2009 <http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/jefferson/jefflib.html>.

New Reference Book: Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate

By - Systems Librarian November 18th, 2008

Deb Baker – Interim Reference Librarian

Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate by Michael Allaby, illustrated by Richard Garratt, Facts-On-File, 2007.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: Ref. 551.5 AL5 v.1 & v.2

Allaby, author or editor of over 90 books on environmental science, has revised, updated, and reorganized this two volume set to reflect the latest science, with over 1400 entries, 350 illustrations, and 10 appendices. Looking for maps of ocean currents? Wonder why ice storms occur, when thermometers were invented, how wine harvest records help climatologists, or what in the world a cloud street is? Look no further.

HELPFUL FOR: Terrestrial Ecology, Topics in Global Events, Limnology and Marine Biology, Origins of Modern Science

FUN FOR: Weather Channel fans, amateur meteorologists, Eco-Action members

Image courtesy of ms4jah under this Creative Common license.