Encyclopedia of Physics / Edition 3

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Overview

The editors of Encyclopedia of Physics whose earlier edition a decade ago won international acclaim, now provide a fully revised, expanded and updated second edition of this comprehensive reference resource. In a single volume 500 experts offer an indispensable state-of-the-art account of physics and the physical world. They include fourteen Nobel laureates and numerous other scientific award winners.
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Editorial Reviews

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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, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • 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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