The most widely used science reference of its kind in print, the new third edition of this invaluable resource reinforces its position as the most complete, concise, and easy-to-use single-volume scientific and technical encyclopaedia on the market today. The new edition of this best-selling encyclopaedia features: 7,900 alphabetically arranged articles - 300 entirely new to this edition, and many others extensively revised; 1,600 high-quality photographs and line drawings - plus hundreds of tables, charts, and graphs; Contributions from 3,000 world renowned scientists and engineers - including 21 Nobel laureates; A 30,000-entry analytical index; Extensive cross references and bibliographies. Since the material has been careful condensed from the continuously updated database of the widely acclaimed 20-volume Encyclopaedia of Science & Technology, Seventh Edition, the authority of the Concise Encyclopaedia remains unmatched. No other single source offers professionals, students, and science enthusiasts such comprehensive, up-to-date, and reliable information on so many topics - all in a highly readable and accessible format.
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As with its first two editions, this is based on the multivolume McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, in this case the seventh edition published in 1992 (favorably reviewed here [RBB S 1 92]). That review holds for the concise encyclopedia as well, since the articles are just abbreviated versions of the original. The Concise Encyclopedia contains some 7,900 alphabetically arranged articles (300 new to this edition), with more than 1,600 photographs and line drawings. An analytical index aids in locating information for topics that do not have their own entries. There are also 15 appendixes covering such topics as the Greek alphabet, conversion tables, the periodic table of elements, mathematical notations, a geological time scale, and biographical listings.
This is an excellent, affordable one-volume encyclopedia that is highly recommended for all libraries that do not own the multivolume set. It is easy to use, has an excellent format, is highly reputable, and is up-to-date as of 1992. It may be time, however, to divide this work into two volumes. The weight of this one-volume edition is such that it may become a safety hazard. Being dropped a few times will quickly destroy its binding, not to mention injuring a toe or two.Review:
"A highly accessible reference to more than 7,900 topics." -- Science News, 08/20/94
"Concise" may not adequately describe over 2,000 pages of small print cramming in the latest science and technology details; but having all in a single volume is a big plus, and libraries seeking an updated edition providing key coverage of concepts in over seventy disciplines will find this an essential reference acquisition. Material here was extracted from articles in the seventh edition of a 20-volume encyclopedia, published in 1992: all has been surveyed and revised. -- Midwest Book Review
Presents numerous new developments and advances in such areas as bioelectronics, interleukin, fiber-optics imaging, fullerence, cosmogenic nuclides, art conservation chemistry and superstring theory." -- Sci-Tech Book News, 10/94
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Book Description Mcgraw-Hill (Tx), 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0070455600
Book Description Mcgraw-Hill (Tx), 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 3rd. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0070455600