McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology

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9780079115041: McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology

For nearly four decades, the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology has lead the world to the ever-expanding frontiers of science. Our seven previous editions are the most consulted, most respected, and best-reviewed science and technical references in the English language. And our new Eighth Edition will build on the strength of its predecessors, and become the science and technology reference of choice for thousands of libraries around the world.The 20 volumes of the Eighth Edition have been updated and revised to provide in-depth coverage of the latest international advances and newest developments in all areas of contemporary science and technology. There are 1,500 new articles, and an additional 250 articles completely revised. We've added more than 200 new contributors, supervised by 30 new members of our prestigious Editorial Board. In addition, there are new graphics, new double-page color spreads, completely revised bibliographies throughout, and a superb new Activities Guide to help teachers and librarians lead young people into the exciting world of science.-- allometry-- archeoastronomy-- blue straggler star-- carpal tunnel syndrome-- computational fluid dynamics-- cytokine-- decision support systems-- digital filter-- drug delivery systems-- fullerene-- geographic information systems-- Godel's theorem-- indoor air pollution-- mastisis-- mathematical software-- Maxwell's demon-- multimedia technology-- pyroxenoid-- recursive function-- recycling technology-- sequence stratigraphy-- sleep disorders-- virtual reality-- waveletsUnmatched in authority, scope, accuracy,organization, the Eighth Edition of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology is an indispensable reference tool for students, educators, librarians, technical writers, scientists, engineers, and all those seeking to improve their understanding of the technical world around them.Encompassing contributions from 3,500 scientists, including 19 Nobel Prize laureates, and with the guidance of a distinguished advisory board of 75 world-renowned experts in their fields, the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, Eighth Edition is a magnificent scientific achievement in its own right.

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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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The McGraw-Hill Editorial Staff (New York, NY) is one of the most skilled, experienced, and respected editorial teams in the field of scientific publishing.

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