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Whether it's the planet, the petri-dish, or the universe, The Facts On File Encyclopedia of Science has the answers. Arranged alphabetically and covering the broadest range of topics imaginable, this two-volume resource is fully indexed and cross-referenced, with clearly designed tables, lists, formulae, maps, and diagrams. It is accessible to all audiences and offers authoritative, user-friendly, and thoroughly fascinating insight into science and technology.
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Curriculum Administer
This resource takes readers from the microscope to the telescope, explaining scientific terms and concepts in a way that makes science more accessible.
Library Journal
Published in Great Britain as the Hutchinson Encyclopedia of Science, this work is designed for fun as well as function. As is usual for a two-volume encyclopedia, it is more like a concise encyclopedia or expanded dictionary, with most definitions just a few sentences and longer ones running to several paragraphs. Over 10,000 terms are defined from all areas of the sciences, including medicine and the applied sciences. A series of feature essays gives more depth to certain topics, ranging from the millennium bug to miners' safety lamps, though most are items of current news interest. The work is remarkably current, with many up-to-date entries (e.g., "FAQ" and "browser"); photographs and diagrams enhance the text. A variety of insertions designed to make science more palatable to the amateur or learner are scattered through the text: mnemonic devices for remembering equations and lists, pithy quotations from scientists, "fascinating" facts, and Internet URLs. (These web addresses may present cause for concern, since no attempt seems to have been made to select sites based on long-term stability.) Other enhancements are more typical of science encyclopedias, such as appendixes with SI units, the Greek alphabet, and tables of Nobel Prize winners. Chronologies are included for all major disciplines to put events in context. Since this is a concise work, no index is included. Recommended for school and public libraries. [See also The International Encyclopedia of Science and Technology and The Facts on File Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Society, both LJ 4/1/99.--Ed.]--Wade Lee, Univ. of Toledo Libs., OH Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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This two-volume set explains scientific terms and concepts so that students and general readers can understand them. It contains about 200 profiles of important scientists, detailing their discoveries and effect on the field; articles on issues in science today, great discoveries, and ground-breaking experiments; Web sites; entertaining features, such as mnemonics, facts, and fallacies; and scientific chronologies for the major disciplines and a main chronology covering about 800 events. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816040087
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Series: Facts on File Series
  • Pages: 840
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 11.27 (h) x 1.92 (d)

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