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Product Details

  • Paperback: 637 pages
  • Publisher: Gale Research Co; Unknown edition (2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578590450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578590452
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I was pleasantly surprised at the precision and substantiality of the definitions. Each one references the name of the source and the text from which it was taken. All entries vetted by a board of respected thinkers in the subject area from places like Oxford, U. Edinburgh, London School of Econ & Poli Sci, King's College London, etc. I trust its entries, which I have found worthy on the few subjects I know about.
They also have a softcover version out, ISBN 1-57859-045-0.
Nice reference for the modern thinker to have around!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Karen Sampson Hudson on July 30, 2003
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Jennifer Bothamley has compiled more than 5,000 theories from all disciplines, from times ancient to modern, in this fascinating volume. It's a great book to leaf through; the concise, clear definitions will pique your interest. Some of the theories have been discredited, although all have had influence.
Do you need to see technical diagrams or equations? These are included. The book is cross-referenced to make browsing easier.
It's a marvelous addition to anyone's library.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is indeed an admirably broad survey of literally thousands of theories from a wide range of disciplines and traditions. My training and expertise is in the Arts and Humanities, and I was surprised to find such reliability amongst categories spanning from the social sciences to postmodern literary criticism and cultural theory to more traditional philosophical concerns.
To address two issues from the previous review: Firstly, I suspect that the lack of attention to the major world religions is a result of this being a dictionary of THEORIES, not beliefs. While there is certainly a component of faith involved in speculation we generally consider more scientific, it seems sensible for such a work to leave out religious doctrine and ideas more mystic and ethereal than systematic and empirically rigorous. Secondly, although I can't speak to the broad appeal or cosmic significance of meterology, it could hardly be more obvious to someone outside the number-crunching lab that feminism is certainly not a "minor sub-field". In fact, I can think of few theoretical orientations with more enormously wide-ranging consequences, both historically and in the present moment, and more vital and relevant for inclusion in any collection of theories.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I bought it for $5 (paperback) on sale at Borders. Contains twenty-five indexed subjects. The book cover states, "... brings together theories ... from all subject areas". However, religion is completely missing. A book making this claim for itself should at least include major systematic theology and doctrinal theories of the world's top four or five religions. There is also no mention of military or educational theory. Subjects should be grouped hierarchically. Minor sub-areas like feminism and meterology are presented at the same level as major subjects such as sociology and physics. The cover of the book advertizes several subjects which I could not find anywhere inside: advertizing, botony, computer science (there are just three entries under the sub-area of computing), ecology, finance, geography, and natural science. The book cover claims over 5,000 entries. I counted just under 4,000. Mean number of entries per subject: 141. Median entries per subject: 43. Top three subjects: mathematics (526), psychology (484), biology (463). Bottom three subjects (all with 3 entries each): business, computing, and marketing. In the subjects I am most familiar with (math and physics) the book does give good references: most are readily avialable and popular books. Good source for short descriptions of both current and outdated ideas that have been popular enough, in the academic world at least, to acquire names.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Olivas on August 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"Dictionary of Theories," edited by Jennifer Bothamley, is one of the best references I've purchased in recent years. As a fiction writer, I've collected many compendia of information and this one has proven to be one of the most used. What is the "Pleasure Principle"? What are Aristotle's "Four Causes"? What about the "Big Bang Theory"? The "People" and "Subject Area" indexes at the end of the book, along with the bibliography, are very helpful and make this dictionary that much more fun to use.
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Format: Paperback
Ever need a quick reference to figure out what a specialist in another field is talking about? You probably won't actually carry this book around at a cocktail party. But for emails, web pages, and other sources that give you time to look things up, this book does the trick. Originally written for librarians to help answer questions from patrons, this guide to "...theories, principles, hypotheses, rules, paradoxes, laws, principles*, and various ism's, `ologies and `sis's" is a guide to 5,000 key ideas in the arts and sciences.

The dictionary is well-organized, with mostly concise definitions written by specialists in their disciplines. It is also indexed and supplied with a useful bibliography. Four representitive definitions are listed below:

Fechner's paradox - Psychology. Formulated by the German psychologist and philosopherGustav Theodor Fechner (1801-87). The finding that after viewing an object binocularly, the same object increases in brightness when viewed again monocularly.

orbit stabilizer theorem - Mathematics. The result in GROUP THEORY whereby a group G acts on a non-empty set X, then the cardinality of the orbit of an element in X is the index of the stabilizer of that element in G.

radical empiricism - Philosophy. Name given by American William James (1842-1910) to his own pragmatist philosophy. See also NEUTRAL MONISM.

dual state theory - Politics. Explanation of apparent ambivalence in actions of capitalist states. Those areas of the state's work which are not important to the INTERESTS of capital are relatively open to democratic and public pressures; others which more closely touch the interests of capital are `insulated'.
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