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Overview

This volume is an invaluable one-stop reference book for anyone wanting a brief and accurate account of the life and work of those who created science from its beginnings to the present day. The alphabetically organized, illustrated biographical dictionary has been thoroughly revised and updated, covering over 1,500 key scientists (157 more than in the previous edition) from 40 countries. Physics, chemistry, biology, geology, astronomy, mathematics, medicine, meteorology and technology are all represented and special attention is paid to pioneer women whose achievements and example opened the way to scientific careers for others. This new edition includes recent Nobel laureates, as well as winners of the Fields Medal, the mathematician's equivalent of the Nobel Prize. Illustrated with around 150 portraits, diagrams, maps and tables, and with special panel features, this book is an accessible guide to the world's prominent scientific personalities. David Millar has carried out research into the flow of polar ice sheets at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, and in Antarctica. He has also written on a range of science and technology topics, and edited a study of the politics of the Antarctic. His professional career has been spent in the oil industry, principally in the marketing of geoscience software. He lives in France. John Millar graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, and has a doctorate from Imperial College, London. He worked for BP developing new geophysical methods for use in oil exploration and production. In 1994 he co-founded GroundFlow Ltd., which has developed electrokinetic surveying and logging as a new technique for imaging and mapping fluids in subsurface porous rocks.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Covering 1300 scientists (including more than 70 pioneering female scientists) from 38 countries, this work builds on the authors' Concise Dictionary of Scientists (Chambers/Cambridge Univ., 1989), now out of print. Older articles have been revised, updated, and expanded for the new edition. Accompanied by numerous illusrations, the biographical entries are well written and seem complete, focusing on scientists in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, geology, astronomy, mathematics, medicine, meteorology, and technology. Another special feature is found in the 32 panels, which give concise histories of selected subjects ranging from "The Exploration of Space" to "Science and the First World War (1914-1918)" to "Human Inherited Disease and the Human Genome Project." The volume also includes a chronology of science, an index to Nobel prize winners, and a nicely detailed subject index. Recommended for both academic and public library science reference collections.Hilary Burton, Lawrence Livermore National Lab., Livermore, Cal.
From The Critics
From Ernst Abbe, a 19th-century German physicist, to Vladimir Zworykin, the 20th-century Russian inventor of the electronic-scanning television camera, this dictionary, updated from the 1996 edition, contains some 1,500 biographical entries detailing the achievements of men and women in a variety of scientific fields. Portraits are often included with the entries. A brief chronology of science and a list of Nobel Prize winners are also included. The focus is on chemical, physical, biological, earth, and space sciences and also on linked areas of mathematics, medicine, and technology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
From the Publisher
"This is a superb collection of admirably concise scientific biographies; I wish I had owned a copy when I started presenting television programmes on the history of science." Adam Hart-Davis

"The book's greatest strength remains the inclusion of women scientists, and of separate panels on the entry of women into astronomy, medicine, chemistry in Britain, and the biological sciences.... It will appeal mainly to young and general readers." Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521000628
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/20/2002
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 444
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

List of panels; About the authors; Preface to the second edition; Preface to the first edition; Symbols and conventions; A-Z Dictionary; Chronology; Nobel prizewinners in science; Winners of the Fields Medal for Mathematics; Index.

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