Van Nostrand's Encyclopedia of Chemistry / Edition 5

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Scientists, engineers, and technologists in many fields need a knowledge of chemistry because of the importance of chemistry in diverse technologies. In addition, to "classical" topics of chemistry, the new Encyclopedia covers nanotechnology, fuel cell technology, green chemistry, forensic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, combinatorial chemistry, materials chemistry, and proteomics.

This fifth print edition has been revised and updated, and includes over 200 new articles, as well as 1,300 updated articles.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A very comprehensive and thorough quick reference for questions in basic chemistry, the industrial manufacturing process, and medical applications of chemistry…" (American Journal of Therapeutics, January/February 2006)

"Any good chemistry collection should have [it]….this work is strongly recommended." (American Reference Books Annual, 2006)

"...remains an essential reference for academic and large public library science collections." (Library Journal, November 2005)

"The latest edition of this well-known, concise, comprehensive, and accessible general chemistry reference work continues its tradition of excellence maintained through almost half a century." (The Chemical Educator, May/June 2005)

" awesome compilation of chemistry related topics that is well written and easy to appreciable source for background reading and chemistry review…" (American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, Volume 69, Issue 4, 2005)

"This...popular, standard and critically acclaimed desktop reference source...belongs in personal, institutional, academic, professional and industrial libraries." (The Chemical Educator, Vol. 10, No. 3. 2005)

"...a valuable reference work, concise in its one-volume approach to coverage of chemical topics." (E-STREAMS, August 2005)

"...truly a useful reference-good for both the newcomer and the experienced." (Journal of the American Chemical Society, August 10, 2005)

"More detailed than some rivals...a good choice for libraries supporting a chemistry program...built-in references and an excellent index make 'Van Nostrand' easy to use." (CHOICE, July 2005)

"...remains an essential resource for both students and practitioners...provides much information in a condensed manner." (Energy Sources, June 2005)

"…this volume will prove vital to both the student and the practicing research chemistry…[and] essential to a diverse community of specialists, including medical scientists, engineers and industrial researchers." (Electric Review, April/May 2005)

Library Journal
This new edition of a long-standing staple of science reference collections doubles the number of entries of its 1984 predecessor, though it still appears in a single volume. Taking a broad view of chemistry as the central science, the 2750 entries also cover related areas in physics, engineering, geology, biology, and agriculture and address such emerging disciplines as green chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, and nanotechnology. More than 1350 are entirely new, including the useful addition of short biographical entries whose subjects include all winners of the Nobel prize for chemistry; many other entries have been significantly updated or rewritten. Bibliographies, typically found in entries of over a column in length, comprise mostly monographs dating from the late 1990s to the present, with a few entries listing web sites as well. The illustrations are largely confined to chemical structures and line drawings (employed to good use in explaining industrial processes, for example); the few photographs are in black and white. Entries are written progressively, so that the farther into an entry one reads, the more detailed and technical the explanation becomes. The reading level, though understandable to a high school student in the shorter entries, quickly escalates in many entries, making the cross references and indexes essential for complete understanding. The work is largely self-contained (despite the multiple contributors) so many perplexing technical terms will be further defined in their own entries, though this is truer for topics most directly related to traditional chemical topics. Bottom Line While recent one-volume chemistry encyclopedias like Robyn Young's World of Science and Don Rittner and Ronald A. Bailey's Encyclopedia of Chemistry are geared toward high school students, Van Nostrand's remains an essential reference for academic and large public library science collections.-Wade M. Lee, Univ. of Toledo Lib. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471615255
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/14/2005
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 1856
  • Product dimensions: 8.68 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 2.13 (d)

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Table of Contents

Additives (Foods).



Amino Acids.

Analysis (Chemical).





Biographical Articles Dealing with Prominent Chemists.

Biomass and Wastes as Energy Sources.






Catalytic Converter.



Chemical Elements.

Chemotherapeutic Drugs (Cancer).












Fuel Cells.

Genetic Code.


Immune System and Immunochemistry.


Insulation (Thermal).

Iron Metals, Alloys, and Steels.


Natural Gas.


Nuclear Reactor.

Ocean Minerals.

Optical Fibers.

Organic Chemistry.

Papermaking and Finishing.


Photochemistry and Photolysis.

Pollution (Air).




Reverse Osmosis.

Rocket Propellants.

Rubber (Natural).



Soil Chemistry.




Surface Chemistry.




Wastes and Water Pollution.

Yeasts and Molds.

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