Encyclopedia of Life Sciences

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Encyclopedia of Life Sciences

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An encyclopedia covering the disciplines of zoology, botany, evolutionary science, medicine, physiology, human anatomy, cytology, and genetics.

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This excellent resource for grades 6^-12 covers all major life science topics. Entries treat plants (Conifers), animals (Birds), biomes (Chaparral), processes (Bioluminescence), diseases in humans (Asthma), and body systems (Excretory Systems). There are many entries on environmental subjects and on such topics as Ethics and Forensic Science. The 10 alphabetically arranged volumes devote at least one page to each entry, with a color illustration on almost every page. Entries longer than one page include a "Core Facts" box that summarizes key information. Other special boxed features generously scattered throughout longer entries include Discoverers, Eugenics, and Science and Society. See references are provided within articles, and entries end with see also references. Further reading, a list of one to three current books or articles, concludes each entry. Entries are all signed, but there is no indication of the writers' credentials, although this is noted for the editorial board.

Volume 1 opens with a one-page "About the Encyclopedia" and a table of contents for volumes 1^-10. These are not repeated in subsequent volumes. Volume 11, the index volume, provides a measurement conversion chart, a chart of the five kingdoms, a glossary, a bibliography broken down by major life science disciplines, an A^-Z index, and 14 special subject indexes, from agriculture to zoology. The bibliography includes a list of science-related magazines with addresses, museums, and a few Internet access points. With the exception of three citations from the 1980s, all sources are from 1990^-95, many readily available in school and public libraries.

Diagrams capture the reader's attention in such entries as AIDS, Cell, Kidneys, and Nitrogen Cycle. Boxed highlights include "Mad Cow Disease" and classification of algae. The "At Risk" box in Acid Rain would benefit from less-technical language. The article Contraceptives includes both male and female condoms. Creationism merits its own entry, which notes that "for 200 years scientists have produced evidence that undermines creationism."

This attractively laid-out set provides up-to-date information that will be in demand at report time. Budding scientists will enjoy delving into various volumes. For public, middle, and high-school libraries.

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