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Encyclopedia of Life Sciences

Encyclopedia of Life Sciences

by Anne O'Daly

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Written for grades 7 and higher and revised with current research for this second edition, this well-illustrated 13-volume encyclopedia presents entries on a vast array of topics. Each entry is cross-referenced and includes a short list of books for further study; many entries feature sidebars highlighting particular topics. Among the many subject areas covered are


Written for grades 7 and higher and revised with current research for this second edition, this well-illustrated 13-volume encyclopedia presents entries on a vast array of topics. Each entry is cross-referenced and includes a short list of books for further study; many entries feature sidebars highlighting particular topics. Among the many subject areas covered are agriculture, anatomy, botany, ecology, genetics, microbiology, pathology, and zoology. Each volume contains an index for that volume; and v.13 contains a full index, subject indexes, a glossary, bibliography (organized by subject), list of websites, and list of phyla within the five kingdoms. The editorial board is substantial, with specialists based mainly in the US, but working also at universities, hospitals, and museums in Spain, the Netherlands, Canada, the UK, New Zealand, and Australia. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Have you ever wondered what the long-term health effects of prolonged stress are? Are you curious as to what autism involves? Do you wonder at the complex interrelationships between various species in nature? How does the human heart work and why is it so durable? These, and hundreds of other engaging questions, are presented and addressed in this thirteen-volume encyclopedia series. The Encyclopedia of Life Sciences is designed to provide younger readers with a resource compendium dealing with a wide range of topics in the multi-faceted area of life science. The hundreds of entries included in this comprehensive set are arranged in alphabetical order. The various writers used to provide the articles appear to have a depth of scientific understanding that makes the included selections both informative and interesting. The numerous entries are strongly augmented by a plethora of colorful illustrations, photographs, and explanatory charts. Readers are given a wealth of information about topics that will be of value both for general reading as well as deeper study. While many of the entries deal with elements of science that make up everyday experience, others are more exotic and will reveal parts of the world around us that are sure to enlighten readers. In order to make the text more accessible each entry begins with a definition that allows the reader to understand the individual topic. Entries of more than one page in length include "Core Facts" that summarize key information from the text. Additionally "Connections" are highlighted which allow the reader to link to other related topics located in a different section of the encyclopedia. To further enhance the reader's experiencespecial box features are included that address subjects such as "Discoverers," "Evolution," "At Risk," "Science and Society," and "A Closer Look." These boxes allow readers to better make connections with not only the topic at hand but also related subjects as well as critical concerns of day-to-day life. Throughout the set the various writers have taken great pains to address their given subjects in a very even-handed manner. Controversial subjects such as global warming, evolution, and issues of animal experimentation are offered in a way that will allow younger readers to grasp various perspectives and arguments. This impartiality makes the Encyclopedia of Life Sciences a wonderful and balanced resource for youngsters who peruse it. Organizationally, the final volume in this thirteen-book set is dedicated to indexing the work. The editor has taken great pains to include in this volume various subject indexes, a glossary, an exhaustive bibliography, a list of relevant websites, and a comprehensive index. This organizational format makes cross referencing subjects as well as looking for further resources much easier than would normally be the case. All in all, those readers who make use of this reference series will find not only a wealth of information but also a reading experience that will capture their interest. The Encyclopedia of Life Sciences is a first rate reference series and one that schools, libraries, and homes will be enhanced by. 2004, Marshall Cavendish, $459.95 (set). Ages 12 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Revision throughout and 80 new articles are the hallmarks of this edition of the work (1996). In all, more than 470 alphabetically arranged, signed entries cover the fields of agriculture, anatomy, biochemistry, biology, genetics, medicine, and molecular biology. Many of the new articles examine frequently assigned topics such as animal experimentation, cloning, gene therapy, and stem cells, while the most revision occurs in articles on cutting-edge topics or fields of research. Each entry begins with a definition followed by a 1- to 12-page examination of the subject. Longer essays include summary fact boxes and topical features. The entries conclude with see-also references and completely updated further reading lists. Also new to this edition are biographical entries and volume-specific indexes. The articles are enhanced by more than 1400 full-color photos and clear, labeled diagrams. Additional features include a table of conversions, a topical bibliography, and a number of indexes. This attractive update provides current information that will meet the needs of students, either for browsing or for reports.-Maren Ostergard, Bellevue Regional Library, WA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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This excellent resource for grades 612 covers all major life science topics. Entries treat plants ("Conifers"), animals ("Birds"), biomes ("Chaparral"), processes ("Bioluminescence"), diseases in humans ("Asthma"), and body systems ("Excretory Systems"). There are many entries on environmental subjects and on such topics as "Ethics" and "Forensic Science". The 10 alphabetically arranged volumes devote at least one page to each entry, with a color illustration on almost every page. Entries longer than one page include a "Core Facts" box that summarizes key information. Other special boxed features generously scattered throughout longer entries include "Discoverers", "Eugenics", and "Science and Society". "See" references are provided within articles, and entries end with "see also" references. Further reading, a list of one to three current books or articles, concludes each entry. Entries are all signed, but there is no indication of the writers' credentials, although this is noted for the editorial board Volume 1 opens with a one-page "About the Encyclopedia" and a table of contents for volumes 110. These are not repeated in subsequent volumes. Volume 11, the index volume, provides a measurement conversion chart, a chart of the five kingdoms, a glossary, a bibliography broken down by major life science disciplines, an AZ index, and 14 special subject indexes, from agriculture to zoology. The bibliography includes a list of science-related magazines with addresses, museums, and a few Internet access points. With the exception of three citations from the 1980s, all sources are from 199095, many readily available in school and public libraries Diagrams capture the reader's attention in such entries as "AIDS", "Cell", "Kidneys", and "Nitrogen Cycle". Boxed highlights include "Mad Cow Disease" and classification of algae. The "At Risk" box in "Acid Rain" would benefit from less-technical language. The article "Contraceptives" includes both male and female condoms. "Creationism" merits its own entry, which notes that "for 200 years scientists have produced evidence that undermines creationism. This attractively laid-out set provides up-to-date information that will be in demand at report time. Budding scientists will enjoy delving into various volumes. For public, middle, and high-school libraries.
Intended for students, junior high through high school. Some 420 alphabetically arranged articles are contained in 10 slim volumes; the llth contains a glossary, a bibliography (though individual entries have their own reference list), a comprehensive index, and indexes on separate subjects such as agriculture, anatomy, and biochemistry. Page layout is busy, with numerous color photos and boxed features, as if to allay fears about science being dull. Topics run the gamut of the life sciences. Entries range from one to several pages. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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