Oxford Illustrated Encyclopedia: Volume 6: Invention and Technology (v. 6)

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Invention and Technology offers a wealth of information on the workings of technology in everyday life. Its 2,500 practical and easy-to-understand entries and 270 illustrations offer a comprehensive account of human {ngenuity and invention from the earliest civilizations to the present day. Fields covered include civil and mechanical engineering, transportation and space exploration, medicine and biotechnology, agriculture and food production, electronics, computers, materials, the chemical industry, and energy and power generation. The book includes wide-ranging biographies of great inventors, engineers, and pioneers in technology. Like its predecessors in the Oxford Illustrated Encyclopedia series, Invention and Technology will be an invaluable reference source, providing quick and accurate information on the way things work.

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Nicely illustrated and bound, this is the sixth in a projected eight-volume series on human knowledge and achievement. This entry covers the world's engineering achievements and traces the development of technology from the earliest civilizations to the present. Major inventors, concepts, and inventions are described in entries arranged alphabetically, ranging from a few sentences to over 1000 words. Illustrations and explanatory diagrams accompany many entries. While the text is liberally cross-referenced, it lacks any bibliographical references to additional readings for study in greater depth. Also, there is no general index. While emerging concepts such as biotechnology and genetic engineering are described, there are no entries for virtual reality or fuzzy logic. Perhaps inappropriate for most academic library reference collections, this may nevertheless be a useful ready reference work for small to mid-sized public and school libraries. The publisher plans to complete this series with an Index and Ready Reference volume.--Ed.
- Joe Accardi, Northeastern Illinois Univ. Lib., Chicago
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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