- Paperback: 554 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 26, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415762340
- ISBN-13: 978-0415762342
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.2 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,103,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Library Journal
Prolific science writer Trefil (physics, George Mason Univ.) is a committed advocate for scientific literacy, as evidenced by works he has coedited (e.g., Dictionary of Cultural Literacy) as well as this one-volume encyclopedia. Here he defines key concepts in nearly 1000 entries, arranged alphabetically and color-coded to indicate whether the topic is related to life science, physical science, or technology. Accessible to the general reader, the articles range widely from AIDS and artificial intelligence to welding and the Zeeman effect. The excellent cross references direct the reader to related articles that cover either more fundamental or more advanced information. Color is used to striking effect not only in the 750 high-quality illustrations but also in headings, highlighted definitions, and sidebars. Even the index mirrors the color scheme of the headings. Many articles have brief citations to further reading tucked in the margins. Although it does not have as many entries as The International Encyclopedia of Science and Technology (LJ 4/1/99), this work contains longer articles; and while the larger McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science & Technology (LJ 8/89) provides more depth, it is geared more toward the academic user. With Trefil's focus on scientific literacy, this resource complements the two mentioned above by relating concepts to today's problems. A true pleasure to browse and to read; highly recommended for all libraries. Teresa Berry, Univ. of Tennessee Libs., Knoxville
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Unique.... Invites a reader for an interesting journey.... An authoritative source of information.... A high quality encyclopedia that is informative, engaging, and enjoyable.... It will be useful for the academic and the general reader. This volume is highly recommended for schools, college, and public libraries as well as family collections."
-"American Reference Books Annual, 2003
"An ambitious, readable, handsomely illustrated compendium...the illustrations...are well chosen and sharply detailed...this title makes an attractive alternative, especially for smaller collections, to the pricier multi-volume science encyclopedias."
-"School Library Journal, starred review, February 2002
"The book is not only a useful reference, but also a compelling read. Hundreds of illustrations aid readers in grasping concepts, and cross references make topics easy to handle."
-"SCIENCE NEWS, January 26, 2002
"An ambitious, readable, handsomely illustrated compendium."
-"School Library Journal (starred review), February 2002
"Prolific science writer Trefil is a committed advocate for scientific literacy as evidenced by the works he has coedited as well as this one-volume encyclopedia...accessible to the general reader...a true pleasure to browse and to read; highly recommended for all libraries."
-"Library Journal, December 2001
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
simple English. Terms and concepts pertaining to classical
biology, evolution, molecular biology, modern physics and
even Astronomy are presented simply. For instance, lipids
are depicted as efficient repositories of energy. The DNA and
RNA are explained for the layperson. Theories of the universe
are set forth. For instance, some believe that the universe
(although expanding) is fundamentally flat. This work would
be a perfect reference guide for science students. It is well
worth the price of admission.