Each calendar year a number of titles are purchased through the Richard A. Butler Memorial Fund. This is the list of titles purchased during the 2017-2018 Academic year.
Established in 2001 by Susan Farist Butler of Cambridge, MA, in memory of her grandfather, Richard A. Butler, Class of 1921, to support acquisitions at the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library with preference for reference materials on art, architecture, science or nautical materials.
In addition this fund help support the Scientific American Archive.
Maya art and architecture
Summary:Explores the visual world of the Maya, explaining how and why the Maya created paintings, sculpture and monuments. With an array of new material, from recent finds including the La Corona panels, to new studies of the monuments at Palenque, Zotz and elsewhere, to the beautiful wall paintings discovered in recent years, this new edition will be essential reading.
Handmade Culture: Raku Potters, Patrons, and Tea Practitioners in Japan
Astrophysics for people in a hurry
Summary:"The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist. What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day. While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe"–