The Facts on File Dictionary of Mathematics

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The Facts On File Dictionary of Mathematics is geared specifically to the needs of high school students. Keyed to school syllabuses, it defines every mathematical term and concept most people will ever need to know, in language that is easy to understand.

Clear, concise, and informative
Newly revised and expanded, The Facts On File Dictionary of Mathematics includes terms of general interest to the high ...
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Overview

The Facts On File Dictionary of Mathematics is geared specifically to the needs of high school students. Keyed to school syllabuses, it defines every mathematical term and concept most people will ever need to know, in language that is easy to understand.

Clear, concise, and informative
Newly revised and expanded, The Facts On File Dictionary of Mathematics includes terms of general interest to the high school and general reader. It contains more than 2,500 entries that explain, clearly and concisely, the most important and commonly used terms in mathematics. Over 90 line drawings illustrate complex mathematical concepts, and extensive cross references ensure the Dictionary's accessibility and ease of use. Over 200 new terms have been included with emphasis on those in applied mathematics and computer science.

New entries include:
• Fractal
• Mandelbrot set
• Julia set
• Chaos theory
• Butterfly effect
• Bezler curve
• Computer graphics
• Hypertext
• and much more.
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Praise for the hardcover edition: "...excellent use of cross references making it quick and easy to find a particular word..."
VOYA
This title, as well as other series volumes on biology, chemistry and physics, are made up largely of dry text enhanced slightly by diagrams and charts. Mathematics includes computer terms such as CDROM, bit, and output, with illustrations for Mandelbrot set, fractal, and flow chart. The large appendix includes symbols and notations, conversions, derivatives, and the Greek alphabet. The conversions emphasize Imperial units rather than metric or SI units, with differences between United States and United Kingdom units noted. The section on conversions is probably better organized for British than for American students. The entries in both dictionaries are adequate but rather dry and colorless with no frills. They provide definitions that might be difficult to find in other sources. These definitions are certainly an improvement over those generally found in dictionaries but are otherwise rather unimpressive. Illus. Charts. Appendix. 1999, Facts on File, Ages 12 to 18, 241p, $17.95 Trade pb. Reviewer: Marilyn Brien
Library Journal
These four titles all expand upon the second editions, released in 1988-89; each adds between 200 and 300 terms to keep the contents current, bringing the total number of entries up to approximately 3000 per volume. As in the previous editions, the definitions are concise and readable, targeted to the high school or undergraduate science student. Definitions range in length from a few lines in most cases to several paragraphs for more important or abstract terms. As with most technical dictionaries, etymological or pronunciation information is not provided, though line drawings enhance several of the definitions (approximately 50 per dictionary, double that in Mathematics). The use of British spellings, a drawback to the previous editions, has been eliminated here. Daintith, editor of three of the volumes, is a former research chemist in Great Britain. He is joined by Hine (life science editor of the Larousse Encyclopedia), science writer and editor Clark, and approximately a dozen contributors per dictionary. Each dictionary is supplemented by appropriate appendixes: taxonomic tables and amino acids (Biology); a periodic table, elemental information, fundamental particles, and constants (Chemistry); much the same for Physics; and conversion factors and useful symbols, formulae, and powers and roots (Mathematics). These are fine first references for the most common terms and concepts in their fields, filling a niche at the low-cost end of the market just above most concise subject dictionaries. Recommended for high school and undergraduate libraries.--Wade Lee, Univ. of Toledo Libs., OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
This dictionary is one of a series designed for use in schools. The third edition adds 200 new terms in applied mathematics and computer science, such as Bezier curve, chaos theory, and Julia set. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816056521
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Series: Science Dictionaries Series
  • Edition description: 4TH
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 272
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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