San Francisco Public Library

Mathematics / Sciences

A collection of the Business, Science & Technology Center Mathematics and the hard sciences - also called pure sciences - are fields built on quantifiable data, accuracy and objectivity. Library materials about mathematics serve the popular information needs of students, business people and trade apprentices. Library materials about the sciences and scientists serve those interested in increasing their personal knowledge as well as students at the high school through college levels. Textbooks typically are not collected. The collection is weeded based on significance of title and changing use.

Natural Sciences
General works including philosophy of science; fact books; science quizzes and questions; dictionaries; encyclopedias; science projects; general science education; nature writings; regional history.
Study guides and practice exams from basic arithmetic through advanced concepts, suited to high school through lower level college students.
Astronomy and Allied Sciences
General works including astronomy, gravity, astronomical theory, telescopes and astronomical observation; theories on the formation of the cosmos, planets, asteroids, celestial objects and phenomena; eclipses; comets; earth (as an astronomical object); ephemerides (nautical almanacs); works on time, timekeeping and calendars.
Lectures, study guides, dictionaries, encyclopedias, science projects, theories; works on thermodynamics, theories on sound, quantum mechanics, electricity and electronics, magnetism, lasers and optics.
Chemistry and Allied Sciences
Analytical and organic chemistry; crystallography, mineralogy, polymer science and technology, dictionaries, handbooks, encyclopedias, histories and theories; works on Nobel laureates and women in chemistry; study guides.
Earth Sciences
Volcanoes, earthquakes, mountains and deserts, landforms, caves, marine science and geology, weather, rocks, forests, gemology, geology of planets, geology in various parts of the world; dictionaries and encyclopedias on earth sciences and geology, climate and weather; atlases.
Paleontology and Paleozoology
Evolution vs. creationism; dinosaurs; animals; fossils; prehistoric life in America and other regions of the world.
Life Sciences and Biology
Biology; physiology; biochemistry; genetics; evolution; ecology; plant systems and parts; microbiology; natural history and naturalists; microorganisms; wildlife in the United States and other countries; taxidermy; writings and biographies of Charles Darwin; encyclopedias on evolution, extraterrestrial subjects and microbiology.
Plant life, history, anatomy and physiology, pathology, edible and medicinal, mycology, poisonous plants, cultivated & native plants (e.g., wildflowers); coverage is worldwide with emphasis on descriptive works such as field guides and identification manuals on trees, shrubs, and flowers – especially those with a local or California focus.
Bacteria; zoos and zoological illustrations; animal identification, physiology and behavior; animals in various regions of the world; aquarium fish (freshwater, tropical); fish identification; fish of the United States and various regions of the world; aquariums and care of; aquatic life, sharks. shells. corals and lobsters; works about entomologists; insect, amphibian and reptile guides; lizards; snakes; birds; mammals; dictionaries and encyclopedias.