Women in History-Marie Curie

Maria Skłodowska, known as Marie Curie, was born in Warsaw, Poland when it was a part of the Russian Empire, on November 7, 1867. She was the fifth and youngest child of well-known teachers Bronisława, and Władysław Skłodowski. She received a general education in local schools and some scientific training from her father. When Maria was ten years old…
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Women in History-Sally Ride

Sally Kristen Ride was born May 26, 1951 in Los Angeles, California. Ride attended Portola Junior High and then Birmingham High School before graduating from the private Westlake School for Girls in Los Angeles on a scholarship. Ride attended Swarthmore College for three semesters, took physics courses at the University of California, Los Angeles, and then entered Stanford University as a junior, graduating with…
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Lifelong Learners Will Love “The Great Courses”

Would like to keep on learning? Of course you would! The St. Tammany Parish Library has something special just for you: "The Great Courses."  What are these "Great Courses," you might ask? And what makes them so "Great?"  The Teaching Company has been producing "The Great Courses" for nearly thirty years. Accomplished experts and well-respected…
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Remembering Stephen Hawking

This week saw the passing of Doctor Stephen Hawking. Stephen Hawking rose to prominence as a brilliant theoretical physicist in the mid-1960's while studying at University College in Oxford. He won numerous accolades, a fellowship, and honorary positions throughout his life. Mr. Hawking contracted ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, during his graduate studies…
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Science: Year in Review with a Focus on Space

It's been a fascinating year in science. From archaeological finds and medical breakthroughs to space exploration and a historical hurricane season, all are chronicled in Discover magazine's January/February issue focused on the "Top 100 Best New Ideas & Insights." You can find a hard copy of the magazine at several of our branches (Bush, Covington, Folsom…
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