The Cambridge Dictionary of Scientists / Edition 2

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Overview

This alphabetically organized, illustrated biographical dictionary covers over 1300 key scientists from more than 38 countries whose work has helped shape modern science. Fields covered include physics, chemistry, biology, geology, astronomy, mathematics, medicine, meteorology and technology - and special attention is paid to those pioneer women whose achievements and example opened the way to scientific careers for their fellow women. Interspersed with illustrations in the form of diagrams, maps and tables, and with special panel features, this book is a clear and accessible guide to the world's prominent scientific personalities.
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Editorial Reviews

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

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521806022
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 444
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.98 (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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