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A Dictionary of Weather
A Dictionary of Physics
A Dictionary of Plant Sciences
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics
A Dictionary of Earth Sciences
A Dictionary of Ecology
A Dictionary of Chemistry
A Dictionary of Biology
A Dictionary of Astronomy

The Biographical Dictionary of Scientists
2 Volume Set
; Third Edition
Consultant Editors: ROY PORTER and MARILYN OGILVIE

The third edition of this acclaimed reference work offers more than 1,280 concise, authoritative portraits of the men and women of science throughout the ages. Covering every field--from astronomy to zoology, the pure sciences as well as engineering and technology--the new edition of the Dictionary features more than 80 new entries that add the richer representation of contemporary and women scientists such as Stanley Prusiner, winner of the Nobel Prize for medicine, and Sofia Kovalevskaya, the Russian mathematician. The biographies, ranging in length from 500 to 1,200 words, clearly present each scientist's contributions; they also provide fascinating insights into the workings of scientific discovery and validation. The Dictionary features 150 illustrations, updated historical overviews of the major sciences, chronologies, quotations, bibliographies, tables of scientific discoveries and Nobel Prize winners, and an enlarged glossary.

Praise for the first edition:

"Makes informative and enjoyable reading....a valuable resource."--Mathematics Teacher

"Excellent....recommended."--Reference Books Bulletin
"Recommended for all public and academic collections."--Choice

1214 pp.; 200 halftones & line illus; 7-1/2 x 10; 0-19-521663-6; 2000; $125.00 (04) 


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A Dictionary of Astronomy
Edited by IAN RIDPATH

Contains over 4,000 entries from astronomy and cosmology

Astronomy is expanding almost as rapidly as the universe itself, and the proliferating scientific jargon can sometimes baffle even the most dedicated amateur. Now, in some 4,000 concise, up-to-date entries, this dictionary cuts a clear path through the maze of complex technical language, offering full, clear definitions drawn from all aspects of astronomy. Compiled by Ian Ridpath, a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and an expert team of contributors, A Dictionary of Astronomy contains the most recent entries from astrophysics and cosmology to galaxies and time.

544 pp.; 50 linecuts; 0-19-211596-0; 1998; $14.95 (03) 



A Dictionary of Biology
Fourth Edition
The most up-to-date paperback dictionary of biology

Fully revised and updated, this fourth edition is the perfect guide for those studying biology. Containing many new entries, and now with biographical entries on key scientists, it provides comprehensive coverage of biology, biophysics, and biochemistry.

656 pp.; 0-19-280102-3; 2000;  $14.95 (03) 

A Dictionary of Chemistry
Fourth Edition
Edited by JOHN DAINTITH

"An old favorite. It should be in every classroom and library.... The reader is drawn inevitably from one entry to the next merely to satisfy curiosity."--School Science Review

Fully revised and updated for this fourth edition, with over 4,000 entries, The Dictionary of Chemistry covers all the commonly encountered terms in chemistry, including physical chemistry and biochemistry. The dictionary includes clear and concise coverage of laboratory techniques, chemical engineering, and environmental matters, new entries on buckminsterfullerene, fullerite, quasicrystal, oscillating reaction, and one-pot synthesis, and a full alphabetical table of elements and their properties. Authoritative and up-to-date, this is the perfect reference book for students of chemistry and general readers interested in the chemical nature of our physical surroundings.

592 pp.; line illus; 5 x 7 3/4; 0-19-280101-5; 2000; $15.95


A Dictionary of Ecology
Second Edition
Edited by MICHAEL ALLABY

The best ecology dictionary available in this price range

From acid rain, CFC's, and the greenhouse effect to the food-chain and the gene bank, Oxford's thoroughly revised Dictionary of Ecology, Second Edition provides 5,000 up-to-date entries on all aspects of ecology and the environmental sciences. Offering direct access to the most accurate and up-to-date information available, the dictionary covers a vast range of subjects, from plant and animal physiology, animal behavior, evolution, environmental pollution, and conservation to climatology, meteorology, geomorphology, and oceanography.

448 pp.; 51 figures; 0-19-280078-7;  1999; $15.95 (03) paper






A Dictionary of Earth Sciences
Second Edition
Edited by AILSA ALLABY and MICHAEL ALLABY

More comprehensive than any competing volume

Oxford's fully revised and updated Dictionary of Earth Sciences, Second Edition, provides over 6,000 entries, making it the most authoritative and wide-ranging dictionary of earth sciences available in a single volume. The dictionary's exceptionally broad coverage includes climatology, economic geology, geochemistry, oceanography, palaeontology, petrology, and volcanology

640 pp.; 58 line illus; 0-19-280079-5; 1999; $16.95 (03) paper


The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics
Second Edition
CHRISTOPHER CLAPHAM

"Admirable."--New Scientist

This invaluable resource will guide general readers and students alike through the often bewildering maze of equations and theorems encountered within the mathematical universe. Nearly 1,000 entries have been added for this new edition covering everything from pure and applied mathematics to statistics. Also included are entries on mathematics of more general interest, such as fractals, game theory, and chaos. Providing succinct definitions and clear explanations to a wealth of terms, A Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics also enables readers to make new discoveries as they browse and check cross-references.

320 pp.; 130 line drawings; 0-19-280041-8; 1996; $12.95 (03) paper

A Dictionary of Plant Sciences
Second Edition
Edited by MICHAEL ALLABY

The most comprehensive paperback dictionary of botany available

This is the most comprehensive and up-to-date paperback dictionary of botany available. Drawing on the information contained in the acclaimed Oxford Dictionary of Natural History, the text has been fully revised for this new edition, with over 5500 clear and concise entries. The Dictionary of Botany will be invaluable to students, amateur botanists and naturalists, and everyone with an interest in plants and their environments


528 pp.; 50 linecuts; 0-19-280077-9; 1999; $15.95


A Dictionary of Physics
Fourth Edition
Edited by ALAN ISSACS
Compiled by MARKET HOUSE BOOKS


The most up-to-date paperback dictionary of physics

Comprehensive and up to date, this fourth edition is the ideal reference tool for students of physics, either at school or at university. Containing many new entries, and now with biographies of key scientists, it covers all the commonly encountered terms and concepts of physics.
-- Over 4,000 clear and concise entries

560 pp.; 0-19-280103-1; 2000;  $14.95


A Dictionary of Science
Fourth Edition
Authoritative and up-to-date, this popular dictionary is an ideal reference for both students and non-scientists. Now fully revised and substantially expanded for this new edition, the Concise Science Dictionary provides comprehensive coverage of biology (including human biology), chemistry, physics, the earth sciences, and astronomy, as well as common terms from mathematics and computing. With 9,500 clear and concise entries, the dictionary also incorporates the latest developments in fields such as genetics, molecular biology, cosmology, particle physics, and fullerene chemistry. New material includes biographical entries, box features, chronologies, and tables; and appendices cover the periodic table, tables of SI units, and classifications of the plant and animal kingdoms.

864 pp.; 0-19-280098-1; 1999; $15.95


A Dictionary of Weather
STORM DUNLOP

What is the coldest place on the planet? How does a hurricane form? What exactly is a low pressure system? And what area has the least, or most, amount of rainfall?

Answering these and many other intriguing questions, A Dictionary of Weather provides a comprehensive body of information with over 1,800 weather, forecasting, and climate terms, along with detailed illustrative examples of specific events and weather extremes. With this resource, you can easily find where and when the world's largest hailstone fell and where the highest temperature was recorded. Using the list of weather records, you can also check climate data for different weather types from around the world. Key terms from the related fields of oceanography, hydrology, and climatology are covered as are the important people in the development of meteorology, including Sir Francis Beaufort. In addition, there is a plate section that shows the main cloud types as well as satellite images of weather systems, making this book both highly informative and visually appealing for anyone who gets excited about our ever-changing weather.

320 pp.; 8 pp plates, line drawings; 0-19-280063-9; 2001; $13.95

 

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