Macmillan Encyclopedia of Chemistry

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Comprehensive and up-to-date, this unique four-volume set offers readers a complete overview of the broad spectrum of general chemistry. It enables them to obtain a basic, yet thorough understanding of matter, the processes it undergoes, the principles that govern it, and the international cast of men and women who have been critical in the development of the science of chemistry. From elements, atoms, and molecules to sterochemistry, spectroscopy, and chemical bonding, its clear and concise explanations provide an illuminating and readily comprehensible introduction. Key presentations include forty element definition articles, each providing basic periodic table information and general information on the element in question. Ninety-five biographical articles deal with prominent chemists, while other articles provide additional historical context, particularly with respect to eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century developments.
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Library Journal
In four volumes, this reference work attempts to explain the full scope of the chemical sciences to an audience of nonspecialists. This goal is admirably accomplished in 700 articles written at a level appropriate for the high school or undergraduate student, many supplemented with illustrations. The signed articles range from one column to over ten pages, and nearly all include a bibliography of relevant books and journal articles (often citations to undergraduate texts or the Journal of Chemical Education). Useful features in each volume include the periodic table, a list of abbreviations and symbols, and a list of journal abbreviations. A comprehensive, well-designed index in the final volume is complemented by a subject outline of contents in the first volume. This work cannot substitute for the Van Nostrand Reinhold Encyclopedia of Chemistry (1984. 4th ed.), which has a larger number of short articles and a broader scope. (Though it is currently out of print, the Van Nostrand remains a reliable source; the nature of the shorter articles is such that it has not dated.) The work under review is more similar in style to the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology (LJ 9/1/97. 8th ed.) or the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Chemistry, derived from the seventh edition of that work, though none of these works includes biographical entries, as the Macmillan does. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.Wade Lee, Univ. of Toledo Libs., Ohio
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Offers highschool and college students and general readers clear explanations of the phenomena, concepts and materials of chemistry. Alphabetically ordered articles discuss basics such as elements and compounds, processes and mechanisms, and explanations of the basic nature of matter, as well as applications of chemical substances, including drug, tobacco and caffeine addiction, use of asbestos in building, chemical warfare, oil recovery, medical applications, and space flight. A selection of biographical entries highlight the significant contributions of key men and women in the field. Each volume contains a glossary of common abbreviations and symbols, journal abbreviations, and the Periodic Table of the Elements. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2004

    Not enough info.

    I cannto find anything in this book on the internet I need to research some things on Chemistry.

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