The Biographical Dictionary of Scientists

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From the story behind Einstein's revolutionary theory of relativity to Oppenheimer's opposition to U.S. construction of the hydrogen bomb, from the prejudice against women that barred Lise Meitner from working in a major laboratory to the false nose worn by Tycho Brahe after his own was cut off in a duel, the lives of the world's great scientists form a fascinating backdrop to their stunning achievements. Now in its second edition, The Biographical Dictionary of Scientists offers in one convenient volume over 1,200 comprehensive and accessible introductions to the visionary men and women of astronomy, chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, engineering and technology, and geology. In addition to recounting basic biographical information, each entry details the significance of each scientist's landmark contributions while providing intriguing insights into the complicated process--including meditation, observation, experimentation, exploration, debate, and synthesis--that culminated in the theories and discoveries that often define our understanding of the world around us. Throughout, the dictionary stresses how each scientist operated in a unique historical and scientific context, and how their lives and work were affected by their relationships with other scientists as well as by personal, social, political, religious, and artistic concerns. Over 150 illustrations, seven chronological reviews of significant developments in major scientific fields, an extensive glossary with more than 2,000 definitions, complete lists of Nobel prizewinners in science and medicine, and a comprehensive index round out the dictionary. The new edition combines in one convenient volume the material originally published in six separate books, eliminating the need to know exactly which field a particular scientists may have practiced in before looking up their entry. Nearly 100 new entries have been added, expanding the dictionary's multicultural coverage, with an emphasis on the contributions of women The entries on scientists active since the publication of the first edition have been updated, and the unified glossary has been expanded with many new terms. Unrivaled in scope and authority, The Biographical Dictionary of Scientists, Second Edition is a wonderfully engaging reference that introduces all readers--students and scientists alike--to the personalities behind the discoveries that have forever altered our scientific landscape.

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Consultant editor Roy Porter is Reader in the Social History of Medicine at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine in London. He is the author of English Society in the Eighteenth Century (1982), A Social History of Madness (1987), and has co-edited the Macmillan Dictionary of the History of Science (1981).

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"As a convenient source of key information, this reference will be indispensable for students and science enthusiasts." --Univ. Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries, 1995 Fifth Edition (American Assn. of School Librarians)


From reviews of the first edition: "This new biographical dictionary [covers] 775 scientists in the fields of chemistry, biology, astronomy, and physics. . . . The biographies are well written in narratives that high school and undergraduate students can comprehend . . . The Biographical Dictionary of Scientists is therefore an excellent historical reference series that will be useful in public, high school, and college libraries. The readability and price of the books also make them attractive for general readers. Recommended." --Reference Books Bulletin: Booklist (American Library Assn.)


"A very nice reference work with a great glossary." --The Indianapolis News


"Offers in one convenient volume over 1,200 comprehensive and accessible introductions to the visionary men and women of astronomy, chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, engineering and technology, and geology....Each entry details the significance of each scientist's landmark contributions while providing intriguing insights into the complicated process...that culminated in the theories and discoveries that often define our understanding of the world around us....Over 150 illustrations, seven chronological reviews of significant developments in major scientific fields, an extensive glossary with more than 2,000 definitions, complete lists of Nobel prizewinners in science and medicine, and a comprehensive index round out the dictionary....An engaging reference that introduces all readers-students and scientists alike-to the human drama behind the discoveries that have forever altered our scientific landscape." --Biology Digest


"Recommended for all public and academic collections. All levels."--Choice


"This biographical dictionary makes informative and enjoyable reading. It would be a valuable resource to teachers of mathematics at every level."--Mathematics Teacher


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