McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science and Technology (McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science & Technology)

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The most widely used science reference of its kind in print, the third edition of this invaluable resource reinforces its position as the most complete, concise, and easy-to-use single volume scientific and technical encyclopedia on the market today. Now thoroughly revised and updated to include the latest research and findings in every major area of science and engineering-from acoustics to zoology-this expanded edition offers quick access to vital information in 75 broad fields of study, including astronomy, life sciences, chemistry, physics, earth science, computers, electronics, and medicine.

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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.

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"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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