Biographical Encyclopedia of Scientists

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Einstein, Galileo, Hawking, Darwin and Plato . . . . where and when were they born, what were the influences on their thoughts, and what were the ideas they developed which have resulted in their names being immortalized? The Biographical Encyclopedia of Scientists is a major reference work presenting a unique scope and depth of information. It is indispensable to all students, educators and scientists, journalists, historians and laymen, who need clear, factual information on the lives and ideas of prominent ...
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Overview

Einstein, Galileo, Hawking, Darwin and Plato . . . . where and when were they born, what were the influences on their thoughts, and what were the ideas they developed which have resulted in their names being immortalized? The Biographical Encyclopedia of Scientists is a major reference work presenting a unique scope and depth of information. It is indispensable to all students, educators and scientists, journalists, historians and laymen, who need clear, factual information on the lives and ideas of prominent figures in the history of science and medicine. No other reference work provides this range of information in two volumes packed with facts. With over 2000 biographical entries and over half a million words this major publication is an essential guide to the world of scientific personalities and ideas.
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Bernard Dixon
There are, of course, rivals on the shelves, but none of them seems to match the Biographical Encyclopedia of Scientists in its breadth of learning and in so many specific ways too. ... Peer review is at the heart of science, and it is at the heart of this outstanding piece of work too.
Medical Science Research
Robert Hanbury Brown
... the two volumes are well produced, crammed full of useful facts and should prove helpful in promoting a knowledge of the history of science.
Physics World
Stuart James
... this is a very major work ... it is very warmly recommended and most definitely belongs in any scientific or major reference collection.
Science
Booknews
**** The first edition (1981), as published by Facts on File, is cited in Sheehy. A reference that presents biographical entries on important scientists, from the earliest times to the present. The entries contain basic biographical data--place and date of birth, posts held, etc.--but most of the space is given to the nature and importance of the subjects' main scientific achievements. This revised edition updates the entries for scientists who have taken up new posts or made significant new contributions; amends entries resulting from the political changes in Germany, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union over the last decade; and adds some 250 new entries covering all areas of sciences. Nicely produced and slipcased. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871963963
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1981
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 936

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 The elementary theory of super-radiance 5
2 The observation of super-radiance 38
3 Quantum electrodynamical approach 72
4 Quantum fluctuations and self-organization in super-radiance 114
5 The semiclassical theory 131
6 The influence of dipole-dipole inter-atomic coupling upon super-radiance 166
7 Super-radiance of multi-spin systems 190
8 Effects of diffraction upon super-radiance 207
9 Reflection and transmission on the boundary of a resonant medium 225
10 Resonant boundary value problem with local field effects 250
11 New sources and applications of super-radiance 268
Super-radiance references and further reading 285
Other references 319
Index 323
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