- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
With 18 volumes published from 1970 to 1980 and a supplement in 1990, Dictionary of Scientific Biography(DSB) was first conceived as the Dictionary of American Biography(DAB) for scientists and has become the quintessential reference for the history of science. Just as DAB saw the need for revision in recent years, so did DSB for the same reasons-additional persons of note have passed away since the first edition, awareness of the contributions of women and nonWestern cultures has increased, additional information has come to light on persons previously covered, and whole fields of study that barely existed before are now thriving. New Dictionary of Scientific Biography(NDSB) picks up where DSB left off, with the successor of the original publisher and the same sponsor, the American Council of Learned Societies. Put together by 600 historians of science from 37 countries, the NDSB contains entries on 775 scientists-including 700 who became eligible for inclusion (i.e., died) since the earlier publications and 75 who were overlooked earlier. The 225 updated entries open with a clear reference to the earlier entry and an explanation of additions or changes made. All the entries begin with birth and death dates and locations and the scientist's field of study. The narrative typically begins by discussing the importance of the scientist's work, moves on to his or her life and education, and closes with a brief analysis of his or her research. Included are blackandwhite photographs and illustrations of some scientists-a departure from the unillustrated DSB. The entries are signed and range from one to several pagesin length, concluding with a bibliography or a supplementary bibliography in the case of revised entries. Bibliographies start with works by the scientist and end with other sources. Indexes include a list of scientists by field, a list of Nobel prize winners by field, a list of entries, and a subject index. The content of the DSB and NDSB are combined in an eversion called Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography (CDSB). Entries there are completely searchable, allowing users to determine which scientists had links to a particular city, institution, or line of inquiry. The eformat lends itself to updating as the history of science continues to unfold.