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Dictionary of the Physical Sciences : Terms, Formulas, Data - Cesare Emiliani

Dictionary of the Physical Sciences

Terms, Formulas, Data

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Published: 20th August 1987
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This dictionary consists of text and tables covering all the areas that are fundamental to understanding our physical world, and life within it. Included are physics - classical, relativistic, quantum, particle, and high-energy; chemistry - inorganic, organic, and physical; the geological sciences - geology, geophysics, oceanography, meteorology, palaeontology, and related areas of molecular, genetic, and evolutionary biology; and cosmology - including astronomy, astrophysics, and the genesis and evolution of the universe. The text features not only definitions but also explanations, formulas, and data. Entries best presented in tabular form are found in 70 tables that follow the text. The 5,000 definitions are both concise and rigorous, abbreviations are spelled out, and unfamiliar terms are themselves defined.

"A handy and useful reference book."--Science Books & Films "The definitions, which range in length from one word to several hundred, are clear and augmented in many instances by helpful illustrations." --Choice "This is something more than a dictionary: in addition to the definitions of terms that one would expect, the book supplies seventy tables of key data in the physical sciences, giving it a status approaching that of a handbook . . . The definitions are more complex than those found in more general science dictionaries . . . This would be a good individual purchase for someone seeking a comprehensive source or quick reference, particularly at the paperback price." --American Reference Books Annual "Never has the need for general science writing been more urgent than today, and Emiliani is a talent to be welcomed . . . I recommend Emiliani's Dictionary of the Physical Sciences...As its name implies, it is basically physics, chemistry, geology and cosmology. It consists of 230 pages of definitions of terms, arranged alphabetically, followed by 130 pages of more useful and interesting tables. Some of these cover such exotic data as meteor impacts on the Earth and the composition of gems."--New Scientist "A handy and useful reference book."--Science Books & Films "The definitions, which range in length from one word to several hundred, are clear and augmented in many instances by helpful illustrations." --Choice "This is something more than a dictionary: in addition to the definitions of terms that one would expect, the book supplies seventy tables of key data in the physical sciences, giving it a status approaching that of a handbook . . . The definitions are more complex than those found in more general science dictionaries . . . This would be a good individual purchase for someone seeking a comprehensive source or quick reference, particularly at the paperback price." --American Reference Books Annual "Never has the need for general science writing been more urgent than today, and Emiliani is a talent to be welcomed . . . I recommend Emiliani's Dictionary of the Physical Sciences...As its name implies, it is basically physics, chemistry, geology and cosmology. It consists of 230 pages of definitions of terms, arranged alphabetically, followed by 130 pages of more useful and interesting tables. Some of these cover such exotic data as meteor impacts on the Earth and the composition of gems."--New Scientist

ISBN: 9780195036510
ISBN-10: 0195036514
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 20th August 1987
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.78  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.79