The Biographical Dictionary of Scientists

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The third edition of this acclaimed reference work offers more than 1,280 concise, authoritative portraits of the men and women of science throughout the ages. Covering every field--from astronomy to zoology, the pure sciences as well as engineering and technology, the new edition of the Dictionary features more than 80 new entries that add the richer representation of contemporary and women scientists--such as Stanley Prusiner, winner of the Nobel Prize for medicine, and Sofia Kovalevskaya, the Russian ...
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The third edition of this acclaimed reference work offers more than 1,280 concise, authoritative portraits of the men and women of science throughout the ages. Covering every field--from astronomy to zoology, the pure sciences as well as engineering and technology, the new edition of the Dictionary features more than 80 new entries that add the richer representation of contemporary and women scientists--such as Stanley Prusiner, winner of the Nobel Prize for medicine, and Sofia Kovalevskaya, the Russian mathematician. The biographies, ranging in length from 500 to 1,200 words, clearly present each scientist's contributions; they also provide fascinating insights into the workings of scientific discovery and validation. TheDictionary features 150 illustrations, updated historical overviews of the major sciences, chronologies, quotations, bibliographies, tables of scientific discoveries and Nobel Prize winners, and an enlarged glossary. Praise for the first edition: "Excellent...recommended."--Reference Books Bulletin "Recommended for all public and academic collections."--Choice "Makes informative and enjoyable reading....a valuable resource."--Mathematics Teacher
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Praise for the first edition:

"Makes informative and enjoyable reading....a valuable resource."--Mathematics Teacher

"Excellent....recommended."--Reference Books Bulletin

"Recommended for all public and academic collections."--Choice

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Originally published in six volumes (1983-85), the second edition offers in one volume some 1,200 comprehensive introductions to the world's great scientists. In addition to recounting basic biographical information, each alphabetical entry details the significance of each scientist's landmark contributions while providing insight into the process that culminated in the theories and discoveries. Throughout, the dictionary stresses how each scientist operated in a unique historical and scientific context, and how their lives and work were affected by their relationships with other scientists as well as by personal, social, political, religious, and artistic concerns. Includes seven chronological reviews of developments in major scientific fields, an extensive glossary, and lists of Nobel prizewinners in science and medicine. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195216639
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1214
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 2.90 (d)

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Consultant editor Roy Porter is Reader in the Social History of Medicine at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine in London. He is the author of English Society in the Eighteenth Century (1982), A Social History of Madness (1987), and has co-edited the Macmillan Dictionary of the History of Science (1981).

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