Celebrating 100 Years of Relativity

In collaboration with the Einstein Papers Project, the Caltech Archives has mounted an exhibit honoring the centenary of Einstein’s publication of the theory of general relativity in 1915. The exhibit may be viewed on the second floor of Parsons-Gates Hall of Administration.

The display focuses on Einstein’s visits to Caltech in the early 1930s during which he discussed the implications growing out of the theory of relativity with scientists in Pasadena, both at Caltech and at the Mount Wilson Observatory. The California public and press, while understanding little of the science, were lavish in their attention to the world’s most famous scientist.



Einstein 2


Mt Wilson log book

Spring Break hours

The Sherman Fairchild Library will close at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays for spring break: March 20, 21, 27 and 28. It will reopen Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9am. Regular hours will resume on March 29th.

Full library hours are available on our hours page.

Library Workshop: CODA: If You Publish, You Need CaltechAUTHORS : Wednesday, March 18, 2:00pm

Do you know what rights you retain to use and distribute your own publications?
Would you like to increase the visibility of your publications?
CaltechAUTHORS (http://authors.library.caltech.edu/) is part of CODA, Caltech’s Institutional Repository, and provides free access to articles written by, with, or in close association with Caltech professorial faculty. This class will cover how author postprints (author-formatted, post-peer reviewed and copy edited) can be quickly and easily uploaded and made available to a global audience.

Wednesday, March 18


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328

Register: http://library.caltech.edu/forms/cls-classes.php

Don L. Anderson (1933–2014)

Don L. Anderson, former president of the American Geophysical Union and a true renaissance man in the field of Earth and planetary science, passed away 2 December 2014. He was 81.

More information on Don L. Anderson:  

Beckman Museum will be open March 6, 1 to 4pm

The Beckman Room on the ground floor of the Beckman Institute (room 131) is a small museum devoted to the history of chemistry and to the scientific and philanthropic work of Arnold O. Beckman. On March 6, first Friday of the month, the museum will be open to walk-in visitors from 1 to 4 PM.

The museum is also open by appointment to individuals and groups. Please contact the Caltech Archives at archives AT caltech.edu for appointment information. More information about the Beckman Room and its displays may be found at http://archives.caltech.edu/about/beckman-room.html

February new books and journals lists now available

The lists of new books and journals added to the libraries’ collections during the month of February 2015 are now available. This month’s book list includes book cover images for many items, and links to Amazon to allow you to browse the books electronically. Please note that we provide no guarantee that Amazon has contracted with the publisher to allow viewers to browse specific books.

Library Workshop: Patents: Thursday, March 5, 2:00pm


Hannah Dvorak-Carbone, from the Office of Technology Transfer and Corporate Partnerships, will present a review of the patenting process, including changes introduced by the America Invents Act of 2013. This will be followed by a Caltech Librarian presenting a brief overview of patent searching, locating English language patent equivalents, legal status issues, and current awareness techniques.

Thursday, March 5


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328

Register: http://library.caltech.edu/forms/cls-classes.php

Library Workshop: Crystallographic Resources: Thursday, February 26, 2:00pm

Crystallographic Resources

This session will introduce several crystallographic resources and databases available at Caltech. Larry Henling, MPS (Staff Crystallographer) will provide an introduction to using the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD), and along with Dr. Michael Takase (X-Ray Facility Director) will answer any questions about the CSD and using the facility. Examples of finding crystallographic data in both specialty databases (such as the ICSD) and general chemistry databases (such as SciFinder) will be also covered.

Thursday, February 26


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328

Register: http://library.caltech.edu/forms/cls-classes.php

NASA issues Open Access guidelines for data and publications

NASA has released guidelines for the Open Access release and distribution of data and scholarly publications.

GeoScienceWorld ebook Trial

The library currently has access to over 1000 ebooks on the GeoScienceWorld platform. The trial lasts until March 20, 2015.

Browse the titles available from this site. Access is restricted to the Caltech community.

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