University Science Books

Introducing selected titles:

Extrasolar  Planets and Astrobiology, University of Science BooksExtrasolar Planets and Astrobiology by Caleb A. Schart published by University Science Books in 2009. This title offers a formal exposition about an exploding development throughout the world: the merging of multiple scientific disciplines to form a compelling new field, namely astrobiology. The most profound questions posed by ancient civilizations are still remain unanswered. Ancient Greek philosophers intensely debated the uniqueness of our Earth and the possibility of life elsewhere. Suddenly, we stand at the brink of answering these old questions. Astronomers have developed techniques to detect the first habitable abodes in the universe. Beyond our Solar System, over 300 planets have now discovered orbiting other stars. NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have developed the Space Interferometry Mission that will se the interference of light waves gathered by a space borne pair of telescopes to detect earth-like planets. . .
The original idea behind the book was to offer an introduction to the emerging “interdisciplinary” of astrobiology. The study of planets other than our own is a central part of the book. The author hopes that this title can demonstrate to a student how speculation with some analytics basis can serve a useful purpose by stimulating further discussion and thoughts. . .

Fundamentals of Asymmetric Catalysis, University Science BooksFundamentals of Asymmetric Catalysis by Patrick J. Walsh, Marisa C. Kozlowski, Foreword by David A. Evans published by University Science Books in 2009. This book is the “Bible” for those who wish to master the concepts that are the underpinnings to the research advances in the area of asymmetric catalysis. The chapters of this book are arranged by the topic and provide a solid foundation of the concepts in asymmetric catalysis. The authors are integrating metal catalyzed reactions with organo-catalysis. The first chapter’s discussion integrates simple resolution, kinetic resolution, and the application of the Curtin-Hammett Principle in series of case studies. The 2
nd chapter covers important topics in a balanced fashion “Lewis Acid and Lewis base catalysis.” Third chapter provides a discussion of chiral cations and anions along with a treatment of organo-catalysts that rely on H-bonding organizational principles. Also discuss group transfer catalysis, alkene metathesis, and alkene activation. And so on. This important book provides the intellectual framework for a detailed discussion of the intricacies of catalytic processes and assists its readership in providing a strong bridge to the primary scientific literature. The discussion tracks the intellectual perspective between that of a text and a monograph. This account can be used as a text in advanced courses and as a primary reference text for the research scientists.

Quantum Chemistry,University Science Books Quantum Chemistry, Second Edition by Donald A. McQuarrie published by University Science Books in 2008.
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st edition of this book was written in the early 80s. An enormous change has occurred since that time. The explosive growth and the ability of computer power gave to undergraduate students the ability to carry out molecular calculations routinely that were unimaginable twenty years ago. This new edition incorporate this ability by discussing and encouraging the use of quantum chemistry programs such as WebMO and Gaussian, which most chemistry departments have access to. There are MathChapters on complex numbers, probability and statistics, vectors, series and limits, spherical coordinates, determinants, and matrices. The author has used matrix notation in a number of places, particularly toward the end of the book. Donald A. McQuarrie has provided about 50 problems at the end of each chapter (there are over 600 problems in this book). These problems range from filling in gaps to extending the material presented in the chapter, but most illustrate applications of the material. Also, he has provided answers to many of them at the back of the book.


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