Van Nostrand's Concise Encyclopedia of Science

Van Nostrand's Concise Encyclopedia of Science

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The most comprehensive one-volume scientific desk reference available
Based on the new 4,000-page, two-volume Van Nostrand's Science Encyclopedia, Ninth Edition, the best scientific encyclopedia available according to the Library Journal, this authoritative, concise encyclopedia of science features over 5,000 entries that completely cover vital science, technology, and math terms and concepts. Easy-to-use and fun to read, this indispensable reference covers the very latest scientific advances and developments in all areas of science. Plus, it offers basic definitions of scientific terms followed by concise explanations of the concepts. Packed with illustrations, charts, and graphs, this impressive book also features numerous line drawings, diagrams, and black-and-white photos.
Christopher G. DePree (Decatur, GA) is Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Agnes Scott College.
Alan Axelrod, PhD (Atlanta, GA) is the award-winning author of more than twenty books and is a well-regarded popular historian.

Baker & Taylor
Features more than five thousand entries covering topics, terms, and concepts in math, science, and technology.

Book News
Drawn from the contents of the 2002 ninth edition of the larger, two-volume encyclopedia, this condensed volume was undertaken to make available a general reference for a less technical audience. Editors DePree (physics and astronomy, Agnes College, Decatur, GA) and historian Axelrod reduced the larger reference by 75%, eliminating some entries (a great proportion of those related to materials sciences and information sciences) and abridging others. Some 5,000 alphabetically arranged entries range in length from a sentence or two to several paragraphs. Coverage encompasses terms related to all scientific fields, with an emphasis on those that pertain most readily to a general readership. B&w drawings and photos support the text. In future editions an index or listing of terms by broad subject area would be useful as would a bibliography, but the reference generally serves its purpose as a first stop for non-scientists with a paper to write or an article to understand. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, c2003
ISBN: 9780471363316
Characteristics: 811 p ; cm


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