This encyclopedia covers not only the keynote moments of the intellectual transformation that we call the Scientific Revolution but also its influences and cultural effect. It ranges from the early 16th century to the 18th century in 228 entries, which feature traditional topics such as Corpernicus, William Harvey, and Isaac Newton as well as less-expected subjects like magic, Robert Fludd, and the Jesuits. An annotated chronology and a detailed bibliography are included. Burns, a historian who has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Maryland, and Oklahoma State University, has attempted to fit a significant amount of current research and thinking into this heavily illustrated and attractively formatted work. Each entry is one or two pages long and includes references for further reading, making this a good resource for public as well as college and research libraries. However, owing to the brevity of the entries and the limited number of references provided at the end of each, users can get only the most basic information. A better choice for younger readers is The Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution (LJ 5/1/01). No better quick reference exists for adult readers, who might instead turn to Steven Shapin's The Scientific Revolution (LJ 8/96) for a general overview. Eric D. Albright, Duke Univ. Medical Ctr. Lib., Durham, NC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.