The Cassell Dictionary of Biology

The Cassell Dictionary of Biology

by Gillian Waites

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This one-volume dictionary by a British specialist in reproductive biochemistry provides clearly written, straightforward definitions geared both to the general reader and to students of biology. Entries are arranged in alphabetical order. Most are three to four sentences long, lack a pronunciation guide, and fail to include the etymological origin of the word. Those covering broad principles and concepts are three to four paragraphs long, and some include illustrations. All illustrations, diagrams, and charts are black and white. In addition to the coverage of biology, this dictionary also includes botanical, chemical, ecological, and zoological terms. Some entries, such as "Mark, Release, Recapture" and "AIDS," are not found in Eleanor Lawrence's Henderson's Dictionary of Biological Terms (Wiley, 1995), which is otherwise a more complete basic biological source, or Peter M.B. Walker's Chambers Biology Dictionary (Chambers, 1989). The two appendixes are deficient; Appendix 1 includes only 12 of the amino acids, and Appendix 2 is sparse in content and does not clarify which taxonomic system was used in its construction. Because of its emphasis on the ecological and human aspects of biology, this is recommended for high school and public libraries as a supplement to Henderson's, the standard for biology dictionaries.--Michael R. Blake, Godfrey Lowell Cabot Science Lib., Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA

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