- 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,454,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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They also have a softcover version out, ISBN 1-57859-045-0.
Nice reference for the modern thinker to have around!
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.
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.
It's so good, that it has one major fault - it was last updated in 2002, and now we're in 2016. It would be cool if someone could do an updated version.
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'.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is the best coffee table book for me! You can pick it up and read one or two theories and walk away. The theories are short and concise.Published 5 months ago by C. Farrington
Very unique offering, nothing else quite like it as a reference. As an academic geek I just enjoyed thumbing through it, but it has already given me some ideas to apply theory to... Read morePublished on December 23, 2013 by Richard E Plank
Ability-to Pay Principle (16th century) Economics Taxation should be levied according to an individual's ability to pay; that is the more prosperous will meet a proportionately... Read morePublished on June 16, 2011 by Timothy
I have never handed anyone the book without within a minute a smile of pleaseure comes back. 5,000 theories of course gives one lots to think about. Read morePublished on February 13, 2011 by Sumner Stewartmagee
This is a standard of my library. I like the way this book presents theories. If the reader is fond of ideas and their origins in theory this is the book to have.Published on November 12, 2009 by Keith R. Prior
This is a dynamite book for people with a broad interest of philosophical human thoughts and beliefs.The only drawback is that the last edition was updated in the mid 1980s. Read morePublished on October 29, 2008 by Magickal Merlin
A helpful, unpretentious presentation of a most ambitious project: a reference which gathers many of the most important theories from many of the most pursued disciplines under one... Read morePublished on August 18, 2006 by cvairag