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Science  23 May 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5316, pp. 1210
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5316.1210

Summary

A Century of Mathematical Meetings.

Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society's 100th annual meeting, in which some 30 mathematicians present recollections of past meetings and colleagues, students, and institutions they have known.

Collected Papers of Sir James Lighthill.

Ninety reprinted journal papers by a scientist, still active, who ``ushered in a new era of fluid mechanics research.

Collecting the Natural World.

A geologist and a lawyer collaborate to present a survey of U.S. federal and state laws pertaining to archaeological and natural-history exploration, with lists of relevant agencies and organizations, national parks and other sites, and endangered species.

Ecology.

An updating of a book intended to be not only a textbook for beginning students, but also a citizen's guide to the principles of modern ecology as they relate to today's threats to our earth home.

In the Company of Mushrooms.

A microbiologist who first got interested in wild mushrooms with eating in mind'' shares his enthusiasm in a melding of natural history, collecting tips, mythology, and other mushroom lore.

The NASA Atlas of the Solar System.

A 12-by-18-inch ([approximate]30-by-46-cm) collection of satellite photographs and other illustrations with a text aimed at the general reader, a glossary, a gazetteer, and other addenda.

T. rex and the Crater of Doom.

One of the initial proposers of the impact theory of dinosaur extinction gives an informal personal account of the gathering of evidence and the debates thereupon.

This Gifted Age. Science and Technology at the Millennium.

Writings and speeches, 1972-1995, by the former head of the Office of Technology Assessment and current science adviser to President Clinton.

X-Rays.

Eleven papers, prepared for a celebration at King's College London, discussing the discovery of x-rays, their earliest medical uses, x-ray microscopy, microanalysis, and diffraction, synchrotron radiation, x-ray lithography, x-ray astronomy, and laser production of x-rays.