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Encyclopedia of Scientific Principles, Laws, and Theories [NOOK Book]

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What is a scientific theory? How is it different from a law or a principle? And what practical use is it? Science students, especially those new to studying the sciences, ask these questions everyday about these essential parts of a science education. To support these students, the Encyclopedia of Scientific Principles, Laws, and Principles is designed to be an easy-to-understand, accessible, and accurate description of the most famous scientific concepts, principles, laws, and theories that are known in the ...

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Overview

What is a scientific theory? How is it different from a law or a principle? And what practical use is it? Science students, especially those new to studying the sciences, ask these questions everyday about these essential parts of a science education. To support these students, the Encyclopedia of Scientific Principles, Laws, and Principles is designed to be an easy-to-understand, accessible, and accurate description of the most famous scientific concepts, principles, laws, and theories that are known in the areas of astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, medicine, meteorology, and physics. The encyclopedia contributes to the scientific literacy of students and the general public by providing them with a comprehensive, but not overwhelming source of those scientific concepts, principles, laws and theories that impact every facet of their daily lives.

The Encyclopedia of Scientific Principles, Laws, and Theories includes several hundred entries. For ease of use, entries are arranged alphabetically by the names of the men or women who are best-known for their discovery or development or after whom the particular scientific law or theory is named.

Entries include a short biography of the main discoverers, as well as any information that was of particular relevance in the evolution of the scientific topic. The encyclopedia includes sidebars and examples of the usefulness of the theories, principles, and laws in everyday life, demonstrating that understanding these concepts have practical use. Each entry also includes resources for further research, and the encyclopedia includes a general bibliography of particularly useful primaryand secondary source materials.

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These approximately 600 entries paraphrase the subjects in an accessible way and provide biographical information about the relevant scientists. The preface and introduction outline the differences among scientific laws, principles, theories, hypotheses, and concepts, and also include a short discussion of what science is and what it is not. While the entries, arranged under each scientist's name, are complete for reports or basic knowledge, some are accompanied by figures and tables, or by sidebars that contain a variety of stories, background, and other explanations that make the books suitable for browsing. Appendixes include a list of scientists by discipline and lists of Nobel Prize winners in physics, chemistry, and medicine. This encyclopedia will interest motivated students who are curious about why the Earth and universe work as they do.-Ann Brownson, Eastern Illinois University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313087509
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

ROBERT E. KREBS has written seven books for Greenwood Press. He has taught chemistry, biology, and other sciences at several schools and universities. Dr. Krebs has served as a science specialist in the federal government and a research administrator in four universities. He retired as Associate Dean for Research in the Graduate College at the Medical Center of the University of Illinois at Chicago. He continues his lifelong pursuit of fostering scientific literacy through education.

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Table of Contents

VOLUME 1

List of Entries

Preface

Definitions

The Entries: A to K

VOLUME 2

:The Entries: L to Z

Glossary

Appendix A: Alphabetical Listing of Entries by Scientific Discipline

Appendix B: Nobel Laureates in Chemistry (1901-2007)

Appendix C: Nobel Laureates in Physics (1901-2007)

Appendix D: Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine (1901-2007)

Bibliography

Index

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