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A Dictionary of Science

Seventh Edition

Edited by Jonathan Law

March 2017

ISBN: 9780198738374

1,024 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

Oxford Quick Reference

Price: £12.99

This bestselling dictionary contains more than 9,500 entries on all aspects of chemistry, physics, biology (including human biology), earth sciences, computer science, and astronomy. With clear and concise definitions and recommended web links for many entries, this A-Z is a reliable reference work for science students as well as non-scientists.

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This bestselling dictionary contains more than 9,500 entries on all aspects of chemistry, physics, biology (including human biology), earth sciences, computer science, and astronomy. With clear and concise definitions and recommended web links for many entries, this A-Z is a reliable reference work for science students as well as non-scientists.

  • Over 9,500 clear and concise entries, including bone morphogenetic protein, Convention on Biological Diversity, genome editing, Ice Cube Experiment, multi-core processor, PhyloCode, quarkonium, and World Wide Telescope
  • More than 250 entries illustrated with straightforward, labelled diagrams
  • Covers biology (including human biology), chemistry, physics, the earth sciences, computer science, and astronomy
  • Contains short biographies of leading scientists from around the world
  • Full page illustrated features on subjects such as the solar system and genetically modified organisms
  • Useful appendices for easy reference include SI units and unit conversion, fundamental constants, the solar system, geological time scale, the periodic table, and up-to-date phylogenetic trees for plant and animal evolution
  • Mini-chronologies support key entries
  • Recommended web links for many entries, accessed and kept up to date via the Dictionary of Science companion website

New to this edition

  • Revised and fully updated content, including over 250 new entries
  • Expanded coverage of many areas, including nanotechnology, quantum physics, molecular biology, genomics, and the science of climate change
  • New entries include bone morphogenetic protein, Convention on Biological Diversity, genome editing, Ice Cube Experiment, multi-core processor, PhyloCode, quarkonium, and World Wide Telescope

Table of Contents

    Preface
    Credits
    Dictionary
    Appendices

Reviews

With its low cost, the excellent coverage of topics, and generally accessible scholastic tone adopted, this reviewer has no reservations in recommending A Dictionary of Science for acquisition by school, college or university libraries. - Gareth J. Johnson, Reference Reviews

Review from previous edition The book will appeal not just to scientists and science students but also to the interested lay person. And it passes the most difficult test of any dictionary - it is well worth browsing. - New Scientist

All entries are clear and brief, written in no-nonsense prose...A handy reference work. - TES

Handy and readable...for scientists aged nine to ninety - Nature

Oxford Dictionary of Science does a sound job of covering the science bases. - Jonathan Cowie, Concatenation

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