Siméon-Denis Poisson: Mathematics in the Service of Science

The Mathematics Statistics Library (100 Evans Hall) is hosting an exhibit on 19th century French mathematician and physicist Siméon-Denis Poisson through December 17, 2014. Poisson's equation, or the potential theory equation, is named for his famous correction of Laplace's second order partial differential equation for potential. The exhibit includes many of his major works, such as a series of memoirs on definite integrals and his discussion of the Fourier series. Poisson also wrote hundreds of essays, notes, reports and several books, many of which are available online via OskiCat. During his career as a "teacher-scholar," he taught as a professor at the Université de Paris and had the honor of being elected to the Académié des Sciences. To learn more about Poisson's life and work, take a look at the exhibit catalog or visit the exhibit yourself!

Portrait of Siméon-Denis Poisson by E. Marcellot, 1804.

Portrait of Siméon-Denis Poisson by E. Marcellot, 1804. Courtesy of Archives de l?École polytechnique.

Dec 01, 2014 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

Free Movie Night at Moffitt

Take a break from a long week of classes by checking out movie night at Moffitt Library! This new series, showing films on the first Thursday of the month in the Media Resources Center, arose from a student suggestion for events they would like to see in the libraries. The series features documentaries selected by students, with a focus on contemporary and engaging issues, and provides a setting for students to gather and meet with friends.

December's movie, Xmas without China, will show on Thursday, Dec 4. The film examines the pervasive use of Chinese-made products in American households as well as negative attitudes towards China. The film follows Tom Xia on a mission to challenge neighbors to forgo Chinese products during Christmas time, confronting their misguided views of Chinese goods and labor.

Bring your UCB Student ID for free admission. Doors open at 6:30pm and the showing begins at 7pm in 150D Moffitt. Bring friends for popcorn and Movies @ Moffitt!

Xmas without China film poster

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Dec 01, 2014 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

Maps and More: Shackleton's South (in the Grip of the Polar Pack)

Maps & More is a regular collections show-and-tell at the Earth Sciences and Map Library in 50 McCone Hall. The Fall series has one more upcoming event, the "Map Study Break", on December 5th, 2014 from 11am-12pm.

In the spirit of the winter season, the library is screening South (In the Grip of the Polar Pack), a 1919 film of Sir Ernest Shackleton's famous Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-17) as captured by Frank Hurley. They'll also be featuring maps and atlases of the Antarctica from their collections, as well as some reports published by Shackleton on his expedition. In addition, a combination of documentaries about the brave voyager and actual film footage from the expedition will be shown. To accompany the film, hot beverages and holiday candy will also be provided--a double incentive to come check out the event!

Keep your eyes peeled for the Maps & More Spring schedule, coming soon!

"Launching the James Caird from the shore of Elephant Island," from South: the story of Shackleton's last expedition, 1914-1917 by Sir Ernest Shackleton (1919)

Dec 01, 2014 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

Library Pride from the Daily Cal

If you've ever wondered about U.C. Berkeley's library system, take a look at this informative article from the Daily Californian . The article briefly covers our rich history, renowned collections, national standing and more. Not only do we have in possession ancient texts, but we also house various sorts of film, photographs, maps and other forms of media. Reading it makes you want to visit our libraries--all 32 of them! Learn more about the great resources offered by our library system and channel that bear pride.

Nov 19, 2014 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

Give big for the Big Give

U.C. Berkeley is hosting its first 24-hour online fundraising campaign, Big Give, on Thursday, November 20, right in time for the season of giving! Big Give is a chance to support your favorite schools and programs, so you can choose to contribute to the "University Library" and help us continue to meet students' evolving research needs.

Check out how often campus libraries appear in the Big Give video!

The fundraiser will last from 9 p.m. PST on November 19th to 9 p.m. PST on November 20th, 2014. And don't worry, if you miss Big Give you can always support the University Library as part of the University's ongoing Give campaign.

Nov 19, 2014 | Categories: Featured News | Iris Wu

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