Encyclopedia of Physics / Edition 3

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Overview

The editors of this Encyclopedia have provided a fully revised, expanded and updated third edition of this comprehensive reference work, which is now available as a low-priced softcover edition to fit in any physics student's budget. In two volumes, 500 experts — among them several Nobel laureates and numerous other scientific award winners — offer a comprehensive and topical account of physics and the physical world. The volumes comprise more than 500 articles, which have either been completely updated or are altogether new, covering the latest terminology and techniques in physics, including atomic trapping and cooling, biophotonics, econophysics, the formation of stars and planets, quantum communication, space science and technology, and traffic flow.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
* 'very focussed and well-balanced'
* 'A remarkable editorial achievement!'
* 'The work has been modernized by additional entries. [The reader] will be pleased to find in one volume all that ranks among the insights of physics - from 'Absorption Coefficient, Accelerators' to 'X-Ray-Spectroscopy, Zeeman-Effect'.' D. Kamke, Bochum, Phys. Bl. 47 (1991) Nr. 12
* 'These two volumes are indeed one of the most remarkable publications in physics, a comprehensive and up-to-date work with every article authoritative.' G.Roepstorff, RWTH Aachen, Germany
* 'I am pleased to endorse this publication and recommend it to be in the library of all those involved in any aspect of physics.' E.A. Boudreaux, University of New Orleans

"For more than 20 years now the two volumes have been recognized as one of the leading international encyclopedias in physics. Now the work is available in its third edition. With this new edition the authors intend to meet the demand for current, precise information of both classical and recent concepts in physics." METALL

".. a welcome revision of the previous edition..."
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"This clearly written yet concise set offers an excellent starting point for researchers unfamiliar with a topic ... strongly recommended for university and larger public library science reference collections."
Library Journal

Library Journal
Editors Trigg (Crucial Experiments in Modern Physics) and the late Lerner (Development of Multi-Coordinate Vocabulary: Plasma Physics) return as coeditors of this encyclopedia, which has been extensively expanded. More than 500 entries have been added or updated by just as many experts and cover the terminology and techniques of classical and modern physics. These A-to-Z entries range in length from one to five pages and contain bibliographies, references, and cross references to guide the reader to more detailed information. Volume 1 includes entries on alloys, crystal defects, error analysis, and laser cooling; Volume 2 covers such topics as masers, polymers, thin films, and whiskers. Compared with other multivolume works like Wiley's 23-volume Encyclopedia of Applied Physics (2004), also edited by Trigg, and Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics (1996), this clearly written yet concise set offers an excellent starting point for researchers unfamiliar with a topic. While the four-volume Macmillan features more textual and descriptive information with fewer bibliographic references in entries, Trigg and Lerner's work contains more mathematical details and figures. The language in Macmillan is slightly more accessible to nonscientists, but the two titles would complement each other on the reference shelf, as there is a significant overlap of entries. Wiley's more extensive Encyclopedia of Applied Physics could supplement the other two titles in a large academic research library. Bottom Line The only potential disadvantage to owning this Wiley encyclopedia is that no online access is available. Still, it is strongly recommended for university and larger public library science reference collections.-Elizabeth Brown, Binghamton Univ. Science Lib., NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783527405541
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/23/2005
  • Edition description: 3rd Edition, 2 Volumes
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 3043
  • Product dimensions: 4.65 (w) x 9.45 (h) x 6.69 (d)

Meet the Author

George L. Trigg, an internationally experienced and qualified senior editor in Physics, lives in New Paltz/New York. For many years he was co-editor of the most renowned expert journal in Physics, Physical Review Letters. Professor Trigg and the late Professor Rita G. Lerner were co-editors for the Encyclopedia of Physics from its first edition, which was published in 1981 and won international praise.

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Table of Contents

Alloys
Antimatter
Astrophysics
Atmospheric Physics
Betatron
Biophysics
Ceramics
Circuits, Integrated
Complex Systems
Cosmic Rays, Astrophysical Effects
Cryogenics
Crystal Defects
Electron Beam Technology
Error Analysis
Field Theory, Unified
Gravitational Lenses
Hidden Variables
Interstellar Medium
Laser Cooling
Liquid Crystals
Masers
Liquid Crystals
Metrology
Molecular Structure Calculations
Nanobionics
Nanocatalysis
Nuclear Fusion
Organic Semiconductors
Photonic Crystals
Plasma Confinement Devices
Polymers
Quantum Information
Quantum Optics
Relativity, General
Solar System
Superconductive Devices
Thin Films
Ultrashort Optical Pulses
Ultrasonic Biophysics
Whiskers

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