- Hardcover: 904 pages
- Publisher: Greenwood (June 12, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0313386641
- ISBN-13: 978-0313386640
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 2.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,502,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams [2 volumes]: The Evolution, Function, Nature, and Mysteries of Slumber
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Gathering empirical knowledge from many different disciplines, the editors of this set delve into the history, science, and folklore surrounding sleep and dreams. Arranged alphabetically, the 330 entries include varied topics, such as Co-sleeping, Graphic novels and dreams, Poetry and dreaming, and Significance of dreams in Western Australian desert Aboriginal worldview. Signed entries average two pages and include references for further reading. Black-and-white illustrations accompany some entries, and volume 2 includes an index and an appendix of additional resources. The “Guide to Related Topics” section in the first volume is essential, without it, the entries seem disconnected. The editors—a psychologist and a neurologist, respectively—have brought together an impressive list of contributors from around the world. Although the articles are at times fascinating, many are quite scholarly and assume some prior knowledge. There is much here that will not be found in other reference sources. That said, the topic and breadth of the entries will be too academic for many lay readers, making this set best suited for academic libraries. --Asia Gross
"This two-volume set provides truly interdisciplinary coverage of sleep and dreams. . . . All entries are signed and feature references; the book includes a 36-page appendix of topically arranged additional resources and an excellent index. Summing Up: Highly recommended." - Choice
"Gathering empirical knowledge from many different disciplines, the editors of this set delve into the history, science, and folklore surrounding sleep and dreams. . . . The editors―a psychologist and a neurologist, respectively―have brought together an impressive list of contributors from around the world. . . . There is much here that will not be found in other reference sources." - Booklist
"This is a great place to find a wide array of sleep topics and resources and will prove very helpful in understanding concepts and forming theses. A welcome update for library sleep and dream collections." - Library Journal