World of Scientific Discovery (1st ed)

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9780810384927: World of Scientific Discovery (1st ed)

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Here are two dictionary reference works aimed at broad general readership levels from junior high school to adult. There is a significant overlap between the volumes, but they are by no means identical. Milestones provides information about 1250 discoveries, inventions, and scientific facts. Each entry consists of a brief paragraph and a citation for further reading. Unfortunately, the citations are not as valuable as they seem at first glance because they do not range broadly; for example, in the A-C entries, 78 percent of the citations were credited to four sources and 44 percent to a single source. Milestones does have very good chronological, geographical, personal name, and field of study indexes. The personal name index is especially helpful since this reference does not contain any biographical entries. ~ A companion volume to Gale's World of Invention (LJ 2/1/94), World of Scientific Discovery focuses on 1100 of the most important scientific discoveries and scientists in a variety of fields, from anthropology to physics. The very readable entries range in length from a few paragraphs to a full page, providing descriptive and background information, placing the subject in a historical context. The text is highlighted by 200 illustrations, compared with the 30 in the skimpier Milestones. While World is more expensive than Milestones, it may be a better choice for school and public libraries because it is much more thorough and comprehensive in its coverage.
Eric D. Albright, Galter Health Sciences Lib., Northwestern Univ., Chicago
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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