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Not Your Ordinary Summer Reads!

July 25th, 2017

It’s end of July, and Summer is halfway through. Have you had time to do some Summer reading? Culling from JPL Library’s ebook collection, here are a few interdisciplinary, unique perspective books that may take you outside the usual path.

    • How the nature of scientific knowledge evolved from antiquity to a seemingly final form in the Twentieth Century that now strongly limits the knowledge that people would like to gain in the Twenty-first Century.
  • Men, Machines and Modern Times, 2016
    • People have had trouble adapting to new technology ever since (perhaps) the inventor of the wheel had to explain that a wheelbarrow could carry more than a person. This little book by a celebrated MIT professor — the fiftieth anniversary edition of a classic — describes how we learn to live and work with innovation.
  • Between Humanities and The Digital, 2015
    • This book offers an expansive vision of how the humanities engage with digital and information technology, providing a range of perspectives on a quickly evolving, contested, and exciting field. It documents the multiplicity of ways that humanities scholars have turned increasingly to digital and information technology as both a scholarly tool and a cultural object in need of analysis.
  • The Outer Limits of Reason: What Science, Mathematics, and Logic Cannot Tell Us, 2013
    • The author considers what cannot be predicted, described, or known, and what will never be understood. He discusses the limitations of computers, physics, logic, and our own thought processes. Yanofsky describes simple tasks that would take computers trillions of centuries to complete and other problems that computers can never solve.
  • Ultimate Horizons: Probing the Limits of Universe, 2013
    • In the last hundred years, modern physics and cosmology have shown that there exist regions of the universe forever beyond our reach, hidden by truly ultimate horizons.  This book describes the ultimate horizons, how they were discovered, how they shape our view of the world, and what clues we have about a world beyond them.
  • The Reality of the Artificial: Nature, Technology and Naturoids, 2012
    • The human ambition to reproduce and improve natural objects and processes has a long history, and ranges from dreams to actual design, from Icarus’s wings to modern robotics and bioengineering.

All ebooks can be accessed and downloaded from within the JPL network. Our licenses with the publishers prevent further re-distribution, so if you would like to recommend your colleagues to read any of the ebooks, please ask them to download a copy themselves.

Library staff are available to compile similar lists of books or articles for individuals or groups. Please contact the Library Reference Desk at ext.4-4200, or email library@jpl.nasa.gov to initiate a request.

Science Robotics: Trial Access

July 19th, 2017

Science Robotics coverFor the months of July, August, and September, JPL has a trial access to the new journal, Science Robotics. This journal comes from AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science), the same publisher for Science.  Following are a few useful links:

Please take advantage of the trial period and let library staff know whether this is a journal relevant to your work: library@jpl.nasa.gov

Upcoming Changes to BEACON Express

July 10th, 2017

On August 14th, BEACON Express will undergo massive upgrade as we switch to a new Interlibrary Loan platform, Tipasa. This service will operate very similarly to our previous system, but will offer additional benefits. Due to the switch, Article requests entered into BEACON Express before August 14th will need to be retrieved by the user before that date.

Required Action

  • Download all pdf files from Article requests submitted between July 1st and August 14th. No action needed for Purchase or Book Loan requests.
  • Make note of any past request citations as request history will not transfer over to new system.

Upcoming Changes

  • One account for multiple Library services – Logging into BEACON Express will show your purchase requests, interlibrary requests, document delivery requests, and checked out items.
  • Responsive design  – Access your account and files on any device.

Questions may be directed to Marlon Hernandez, 4-9258 marlon.hernandez@jpl.nasa.gov

RESOLVED: Journal and Database Access Issues

June 15th, 2017

Access to our Journals A-Z, Databases A-Z, and Beacon Express links have been restored. If you continue to have issues please contact library@jpl.nasa.gov 4-4200