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For more than a quarter of a century, this amazingly comprehensive dictionary has been a standard international reference. Containing more than 115,000 terms and 125,000 definitions--from 100 areas of science and technology--this trusted resource provides definitions written in clear, simple language, understandable to the general reader, yet is consistent with the specialized use of the term.

THE NEW SIXTH EDITION:
* Thoroughly revised with 5,000 NEW TERMS
* Each term includes a helpful pronunciation guide
* Entries are complemented by 3,000 illustrations; appendices containing biographic listings, converison tables, taxonomic classification charts, and more
* The only dictionary of scientific and technical terms to be thumb-indexed

Invaluable to scientists, researchers, teachers, students, as well as interested lay persons, the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms is truly the single best way for anyone to gain fluency in the language of science.

W/approx. 5,000 terms added, this ed. contains 105,100 terms w/122,600 definitions/also incl. diskette.

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Editorial Reviews

Poptronics
Keeping up with scientific terminology and technological vocabulary, this dictionary has over 105,000 terms, more than 122, 600 definitions, and 3000 plus illustrations. This 2432-page book is an ideal reference for those in the scientific community, the general public, and high school and college students.
Booklist
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 6th Ed., 2002, 2,380 pages, appendix, illustrated, $150.00, ISBN: 0-07-042313-X

It has been 30 years since the first edition of this encyclopedia was published. Over this span of time, the terminology in science and technology has expanded at a rapid rate, resulting in the addition of some 5,000 new terms in each edition. The sixth edition continues that expansion and now has some 110,000 terms and 125,000 definitions, accompanied by 3,000 black-and-white illustrations. The format continues as in the past, with letter-by-letter alphabetization. Synonyms, acronyms, and abbreviations are given within the definition. Pronunciation of each and every term continues to set this dictionary apart from other science and technology dictionaries. It is a large, heavy volume that lies flat when opened. It may be time for the publisher to consider a two-volume work for ease of handling by the patron.

Each entry is classed into one or more of 104 fields, from "Acoustics" to "Zoology," for which abbreviations are inserted in the definitions. These fields have been revised to reflect modern usage with some new ones added, including "Forensic Science" and "Neuroscience." A detailed scope note for each field is included near the front of the dictionary. The 3,000 illustrations are in the outside margin of each page near the appropriate term and are crisp and clear. One change that would be useful in future editions is referring the reader to the appendix when appropriate. Periodic table is defined in the main part of the dictionary but there is no reference to the periodic table in the appendix, which would be missed if one did not browse through the back matter. Among other items in the appendix are information on measurements systems, mathematical signs and symbols, and very brief biographies of Nobel laureates and individuals after whom scientific terms are named.

This continues to be the most comprehensive science and technology dictionary for the student, researcher, and layperson. It is recommended for most libraries.

Choice
The sixth edition expands by about five percent to include new terms and technologies ("genomics," "nanotechnology") and revisions of definitions for older terms. Entries are generally brief but informative, cross-referenced, and include pronunciation. Each entry is identified by field ("climatology," "ecology"). Many entries include multiple definitions for various fields; "inversion," for example, includes definitions from 14 fields. Many illustrations accompany the text, and appendixes provide systems of units and conversion tables, classification of organisms, chemical nomenclature, mathematical notation and constants, and a geological time scale. Biographical sketches of 1,600 noted scientists give dates of birth and death, field(s) of expertise, and notable accomplishments. A standard reference work.

Summing Up: Recommended. All libraries. — T. McKimmie, New Mexico State University

American Reference Books Annual
Excerpts from review by Svetlana Korolev

This large tome is the latest edition of the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms that has evolved over the past 30 years. The 1st edition was intended for the communities of scientists, engineers, and researchers. This 6th edition supports nonscientists as well. It covers the language of science to include words that have permeated our culture in our endeavor to answer questions about the environment and the world.

Each of the 110,000 terms has a pronunciation guide and the 125,000 definitions include synonyms, acronyms, and abbreviations. The chosen pronunciation scheme is thoroughly explained in the preface, showing why all American dialects are not represented. Each entry falls into one of 104 listed fields, the abbreviation of which is included immediately after the item name. The scope of each field is defined, giving the reader needed context and explanation of the publisher's placement of included terms.

This edition also features 3,000 black-and-white illustrations located on the outside margin of the appropriate term. There is a "How to Use this Dictionary" page, as well as a 35-page table of elements, and biographical listings, plus 12 more sections of scientific information.

...This dictionary is an excellent reference tool for most libraries. It is especially recommended for academic and large public libraries.

From The Critics
This large tome is the latest edition of the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms that has evolved over the past 30 years. The 1st edition was intended for the communities of scientists, engineers, and researchers. This 6th edition supports nonscientists as well. It covers the language of science to include words that have permeated our culture in our endeavor to answer questions about the environment and the world.

Each of the 110,000 terms has a pronunciation guide and the 125,000 definitions include synonyms, acronyms, and abbreviations. The chosen pronunciation scheme is thoroughly explained in the preface, showing why all American dialects are not represented. Each entry falls into one of 104 listed fields, the abbreviation of which is included immediately after the item name. The scope of each field is defined, giving the reader needed context and explanation of the publisher's placement of included terms.

This edition also features 3,000 black-and-white illustrations located on the outside margin of the appropriate term. There is a "How to Use this Dictionary" page, as well as a 35-page table of elements, and biographical listings, plus 12 more sections of scientific information.

...This dictionary is an excellent reference tool for most libraries. It is especially recommended for academic and large public libraries.
—Svetlana Korolev

American Reference Books Annual
This large tome is the latest edition of the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms that has evolved over the past 30 years. The 1st edition was intended for the communities of scientists, engineers, and researchers. This 6th edition supports nonscientists as well. It covers the language of science to include words that have permeated our culture in our endeavor to answer questions about the environment and the world.

Each of the 110,000 terms has a pronunciation guide and the 125,000 definitions include synonyms, acronyms, and abbreviations. The chosen pronunciation scheme is thoroughly explained in the preface, showing why all American dialects are not represented. Each entry falls into one of 104 listed fields, the abbreviation of which is included immediately after the item name. The scope of each field is defined, giving the reader needed context and explanation of the publisher's placement of included terms.

This edition also features 3,000 black-and-white illustrations located on the outside margin of the appropriate term. There is a "How to Use this Dictionary" page, as well as a 35-page table of elements, and biographical listings, plus 12 more sections of scientific information.

...This dictionary is an excellent reference tool for most libraries. It is especially recommended for academic and large public libraries.
—Svetlana Korolev

Zom Zoms
This dictionary, last published in 1989, continues to provide clear, concise definitions for the educated general public. The fifth edition has 2,194 pages (57 more than the fourth), 105,100 terms (5,000 more than the fourth), and 3,000 black-and-white photographs (the same as the fourth). It is arranged alphabetically letter by letter, lies flat when open, and is a heavy volume that may present problems in retrieving from the shelf. There are no major changes in the format of this edition With the publication of the "Academic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology" [RBB Ja 15 93], a comparison is in order. The biggest difference is the lack of pronunciation in "Academic", a definite advantage for "McGraw-Hill", when the general public encounters so many science and technology terms in print media today. A minor disadvantage is that "McGraw-Hill" refers the user from an acronym to the spelled-out form, while "Academic" gives the definition under the acronym if it is well recognized. Definitions vary from one dictionary to the other. "AIDS" is better defined in "Academic", giving indications of how it is transmitted, while "chugging", an aeronautical term, is more expanded in "McGraw-Hill". Biographical sketches are in the dictionary portion of "Academic" but in a separate appendix in "McGraw-Hill". Both dictionaries indicate the field with which the term is associated. Only "Academic" has entries for "combining forms" or prefixes used to build many words The size of both dictionaries is comparable. However, in comparing entries, each dictionary has unique terms. Since both are similar, "McGraw-Hill" has the advantage of being three years newer. "McGraw-Hill" is the only one to be thumb-indexed. It also has a diskette included with the book that includes a subset of the entries, those for basic technical terms. It can be installed on the hard drive of computers running WordPerfect or several other popular software programs For libraries that need as much coverage as possible of science and technology terminology, both dictionaries are highly recommended because of the unique terms found in each. High-school libraries will tend to have the "McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology", so the "McGraw-Hill Dictionary" would be favored as a companion.
Booknews
**** The last edition (1984) was cited in BCL3 and Sheehy (and every other competent science or general bibliography). A classic reference containing some 7600 new entries. A commendable improvement is the inclusion of pronunciations. Has 100,100 terms, 117,500 definitions covering 102 disciplines, many derived from McGraw references in science, engineering, and medicine and from association and government dictionaries. Entries use language understandable to nonspecialists, identify the field/s in which the term is used, and give synonyms, acronyms, and abbreviations. Some 3,000 photographs, drawings, tables, and diagrams. Thumb-indexed. It includes appendixes on such aspects as SI conversion tables, the periodic table, schematic electronic symbols, the classification of living organisms, scientific and technical organizations, elementary particles, and mathematical signs, symbols, and notation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070423138
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/30/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 2380
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 2.76 (d)

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