McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology (20 Volume Set)

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9780079136657: McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology (20 Volume Set)

For more than 40 years, the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology has been the first source readers around the world have turned to when starting research on any major scientific topic. With more than 7,000 articles written by leaders in their fields - including 30 Nobel Prize winners - the Encyclopedia is famed for the scope and quality of its content. Students, professionals researching areas outside their own specialties, "lifelong learners" - any reader with only modest background in the sciences - will benefit from the ease of access to information, the clarity of the text, and the 12,000 specially prepared illustrations. The new Ninth Edition carries on this tradition. Thoroughly updated, its 20 volumes contain 15,000+ pages and 7,100 articles, many new, rewritten, or revised. Using the 500 page analytical index, the topical index, or the Study Guides, readers will find the information they want on all the hottest areas of science and engineering: astronomy and space science; computational chemistry; environmental science; forensic science; information technology and communications; intelligent manufacturing; molecular biology and biotechnology; neuroscience; theoretical and applied physics, to name just a few. 61,000 cross references and 21,000 bibliography entries enable the reader to see the connections in the more than 90 disciplines covered and to continue their studies in greater depth.With the breathtaking pace at which science and technology are advancing, no science reference collection can afford to be without this latest edition of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology.

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The McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology has fulfilled the reference and educational needs of students, professionals, and librarians for over forty years throughout the world by offering reliable, comprehensive, and up-to-date information in all areas of science and engineering. The revision of the Encyclopedia has taken place over a five year period. Many articles have been revised for the ninth edition and numerous new ones added based on the assessments of our distinguished Board of Consulting Editors. Even though the goal has been a comprehensive revision, much effort was concentrated in certain areas, particularly in the biomedical sciences, information technology and computing, chemistry and chemical engineering, industrial engineering, the environmental, earth, and climate sciences, physics, and astronomy.

The result of these revision efforts are the 7,100 articles in this ninth edition, each written by one or more experts nominated by the consulting editors. A total of approximately 5,000 experts from universities, industry, and government agencies have contributed to this work; 29 Nobel Prize winners are among these international authors.

Since the Encyclopedia is used primarily by non-specialists, care has been given to structure the articles such that the reader has ready access to the key concepts of the field. Articles start with a definition and a concise overview of the topic. Among the hallmarks of the Encyclopedia are the numerous cross references to related articles - more than 60,000 in this edition - that not only allow the reader to acquire background information, or to study in greater depth, but also help illuminate the context of the material and broader connections among topics. With the reader in mind, special care also has been given during the editing of the Encyclopedia to the clarity of the writing and consistency of style throughout.

More than 12,000 illustrations enhance the text and allow the reader to visualize concepts. These include photographic images, two-color graphs, charts, and maps redrawn for uniformity of style, and 93 full-color plates. Hundreds of tables provide useful data, and, where appropriate, chemical formulas and reactions are included as well as mathematical equations. Additional articles and tables in volume 20 explain scientific notation and the dual systems for units of measurement - the U.S. Customary System and the International System (SI) - used throughout the text. The reader will also find an extensive table of conversion factors for the measurement systems, symbols used in scientific writing, and additional ancillary material.

Subject areas covered include:

Advanced manufacturing technology
•Expert control systems
•Functional analysis and modeling
•Product quality
•Product usability
•Virtual manufacturing

Astronomy and cosmology
•Kuiper belt
•Space station

Biotechnology, cell biology, and genetics
•Forensic biology
•Human genome project
•Molecular anthropology
•Second messengers
•Signal transduction

Computational chemistry and chemical engineering
•Combinatorial chemistry
•Microdialysis sampling
•Molecular simulation
•Photoaffinity labeling
•Supramolecular chemistry

Computing and Telecommunications
•Client/Server system
•Data mining
•Distributed systems
•Flat panel display device
•World Wide Web

Environment and energy
•Alternative fuel vehicle
•Disease ecology
•Ecological competition
•Electric vehicle
•Global climate change
•Invasion ecology
•Restoration ecology

Geosciences and climate
•Deep-marine sediments
•Geophysical fluid dynamics
•Sea-floor imaging
•Stratospheric chemistry

•Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS)
•Micro-optical-electro-mechanical systems (MOEMS)
•Micro-opto-mechanical systems (MOMS)
•Molecular machine

•Atom laser
•Bose-Einstein condensation

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