Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, 3 Volume Set 10th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0471743385
ISBN-10: 9780471743385
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Editorial Reviews


"This tool will likely find a home in most collections that deal with general science inquiries." (American Reference Books Annual, March 2009)

"A good buy, this title effectively represents science in a condensed form that may be more affordable for many libraries than McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. Recommended." (CHOICE, October 2008)

"The idea reference collection would include this new edition of VSNE…highly recommended for public school, and academic libraries." (Library Journal, August 15, 2008)

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Praise for the Ninth Edition

"Still one of the best concise encyclopedias for the sciences."
Library Journal Reviews

"For two-year and undergraduate institutions, Van Nostrand's is essential."

The Scientific Encyclopedia has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the most important and comprehensive general scientific references available, suitable for both academic and professional environments. This outstanding reference remains the definitive scientific resource with topics ranging across all scientific disciplines including the life sciences, earth and atmospheric sciences, physical sciences, medicine, and mathematics, as well as many areas of engineering and technology.

The new, three-volume Tenth Edition contains articles contributed by industry experts and scholars worldwide. It comprises more than 10,000 entries and features hundreds of completely rewritten and re-referenced articles, as well as 2,500 completely new entries covering emerging technologies affecting genetics, global warming, communications, informatics, nanotechnology, and more.

Internet references in addition to traditional print references have been updated and expanded to reflect the editors' conviction that modern students and researchers move from link to link as well as from page to page. The exciting Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia is also available online in full-color and with more content at

The Tenth Edition of the incomparable Scientific Encyclopedia in both print and electronic formats is an essential addition to academic and industrial libraries, as well as an indispensable reference for students and professionals across an ever-expanding range of scientific and engineering disciplines.

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