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Science of matter and the universe
The Research library’s closed-stack collection of multimedia materials on the science of matter and the universe reflects trends in French publishing in the field.
Educational output appears to dominate the sector in physics and chemistry, with publishers such as Pierron, Micrelec, and Jeulin producing materials for an audience that ranges from primary schools to higher education.
Various other approaches to the science of matter and the universe, ranging from scientific popularization to work by specialists, are represented in the Library’s collections. Leading popularization tools include Redshift, published by Alsyd, which brings together key astronomical data and constitutes a genuine aid for observing the sky. Using satellite images covering the entire planet, Anuman’s Planet Observer software enables readers to fly over the world’s most remote regions...
CD-ROMS have been published on the life, works, and times of great astronomers and physicists of bygone days: for example, Galilée : et pourtant elle tourne..., Einstein et son temps, and Einstein : l’esprit du XXe siècle. Multimedia publishing has also taken an interest in famous contemporary scientists, an example being an adaptation of Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time: from the Big Bang to Black Holes.
Output on scientific aspects, while not sizable in volume terms, is no less significant in terms of depth of study and research. For example, scientific progress in relation to space exploration, manned flights, launchers, and planetary exploration is the subject of regular reports from conferences held by the European Space Agency (ESA), most of which are brought together in the ESA-SP CD-ROM collection.
The multimedia collection also contains a few “curiosities”; in particular, it includes a three CD-ROM reissue of issues 76 to 105 (1999-2004) of popular science magazine Fusion, la science passionnément, published from 1982 to 2006.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011