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A Dictionary of Astronomy
A Dictionary of Biology
The Language of Biotechnology
A Dictionary of Chemistry
Dictionary of Engineering and Technology
(bilingual English-German)
A Dictionary of Entomology
The Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Environmental Change

A Dictionary of Epidemiology
Ainsworth and Bisby's Dictionary of the Fungi
* A Dictionary of Genetics
NEW!: / 2002: Dictionary of the Internet
A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types, and Varieties
INS Dictionary of Neuropsychology
* Dictionary of the Physical Sciences

A Dictionary of Physics
Psychiatric Dictionary

A Dictionary of Science
A Dictionary of Scientists
The Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science and Medicine

A Dictionary of Weights, Measures, and Units
A Dictionary of Zoology





A Concise Dictionary of Astronomy
JACQUELINE MITTON

A lucid A-to-Z guide to modern and classical astronomy

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 2,400 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 classical and modern astronomy. It has been compiled by Jacqueline Mitton, an officer of the Royal Astronomical Society, who has devoted much of her time in recent years to works which convey the excitement of astronomy to general readers.

Here are the names of planets, moons, asteroids, stars, constellations, and galaxies. Mitton includes the types of stars (Red Giants, Blue Stragglers, Brown Dwarfs), the most common scientific terms used in modern astrophysics and cosmology (for instance, butterfly diagram) as well as relevant terms from physics and other fields. Entries on telescopes and other measuring devices, observatories, and space missions show how astronomers have explored the universe. The Dictionary also explains abbreviations and acronyms, and it examines a wide range of fascinating phenomena, from blazers and black holes to runaway stars and the Hawking effect.

From Betelgeuse to the Big Bang, and from spiral galaxies to solar waves, A Concise Dictionary of Astronomy opens a window on the universe for amateur astronomers everywhere.

"Extremely useful to anyone who wishes to find a short definition of a word or phrase relating to astronomy. . . .[Mitton] has made use of extensive cross-referencing between entries, ensuring that no text has to be repeated." --Nature

"The language stays clear of difficult technical vocabulary and should be accessacle to any undergraduate." --Choice

About the Editor:

Jacqueline Mitton is editor of the Journal of the British Astronomical Association and Public Relations Officer for the Royal Astronomical Society. She has written a number of general interest books on astronomy, including Discovering Astronomy, Invitation to Astronomy, and Discovering the Planets.

432 pp.; 0-19-853967-3; Published: 1992; Price: $30.00



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.

-Over 4,000 clear and concise entries

-New entries include heat-shock protein, zinc finger, integrated pest management, and oxidative burst

-Feature articles on important topics, such as genetically modified organisms

-Chronologies chart the discoveries in the main fields of the subject

656 pp.; 0-19-280102-3; Published: 2000; Price: $15.00



The Language of Biotechnology
A Dictionary of Terms
Second Edition
Edited by JOHN M. WALKER and MICHAEL COX

Expanded and updated! A single easy-to-use reference of specialized terms in the various areas of biotechnology, including agriculture, biochemistry, bioengineering, pharmaceutical chemistry, and environmental chemistry. Arranged in dictionary format for easy look-up, entries include short definitions as well as expanded definitions that explain the usage of each word with examples. If you're a scientist involved in any area of biotechnology, you'll find this book a must-have reference.

300 pp.; 0-8412-2957-0; Published: 1995; Price: $65.00
300 pp.; 0-8412-2957-0; Published: 1995; Price: $35.00


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.

John Daintith is Reference editor at Market House Books.

592 pp.; line illus; 5 x 7 3/4; 0-19-280101-5; Published: 2000; Price: $16.00


Dictionary of Engineering and Technology
Volume I: German-English
Volume II:English-German

Fifth Edition
RICHARD ERNST

Long considered the essential reference for readers of German scientific and technical literature and for translators, this indispensable reference has been thoroughly revised and updated. The book is 40 percent larger than the previous edition, and now contains over 197,000 entries to reflect the significant growth in technical language in the last ten years. It features expanded coverage of rapidly developing areas, including electronics, nuclear engineering, and computers. All major industrial, technical, and basic scientific disciplines are covered, including automobiles, aviation, ceramics, chemical processing, civil engineering, control and measurement systems, data processing, electrical engineering, geology, hydraulics, manufacturing methods, mathematics, mechanical engineering, nuclear physics, oil drilling and refining, and much more.

From reviews of the previous edition: "The authoritative source....for all libraries with research collections in engineering and technology that contain extensive foreign-language holdings." --American Reference Books Annual

"By far the best in its class. . . .The indispensable tool for the professional linguist." --Chronicle of the American Translators Association

"A new edition of a foreign-language technical dictionary is always welcome. This revision contains more than 197,000 entries and covers all major industries....The format of this German-English dictionary is easy to understand and use." --Choice

Volume I: 1268 pp.; illus.; 6 x 9 1/4; 0-19-520820-X; Publ. 1989; Price: $135.00
Volume II: 1000 pp.; illus.; 6 x 9 1/4; 0-19-520485-9; Publ. 1985; Price: $135.00



NEW!: / 2001:
A Dictionary of Entomology
Compiled by GEORGE GORDH, University of Queensland, Australia
With DAVID HEADRICK, University of California, Riverside


   
This book is a comprehensive, fully cross-referenced collection of approximately 35,000 terms, names, and phrases used in entomology. It is the only listing which covers insect anatomy, behavior, biology, ecology, histology, molecular biology, morphology, pest management, taxonomy, and systematics. The origin, etymology, part of speech, plural forms and definition of each term and phrase are all provided, including the language, meaning, or root of each term and constituent parts. Where meanings have changed, or terms have been borrowed from other disciplines, the most current usage in indicated. Names of deceased entomologists, or scientists from other fields who have contributed to entomology are included, with the citation for their biography or obituary.




1042 pp.; 0-85199-291-9; Publ. 2001; Price: $140.00


NEW!: / 2001:
The Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Environmental Change
Coordinating Editor JOHN A. MATTHEWS, University of Wales, Swansea, E. MICHAEL BRIDGES, Institute of Professional Soil Scientists, CHRISTOPHER J. CASELDINE, Unviersity of Exeter, ADRIAN J. LUCKMAN, University of Wales, Swansea, GERAINT OWEN, University of Wales, Swansea, RICHARD A. SHAKESBY, University of Wales, Swansea, RORY P.D. WALSH, University of Wales Swansea, ROBERT J. WHITTAKER, University of Oxford, and KATHERINE J. WILLIS, University Lecturer in Physical Geography and Fellow

The Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Environmental Change covers changes affecting the Earth over geological, intermediate and short timescales, including pre-Quaternary, Quaternary, Holocene, historical and current environmental changes. Recent climatic change is a major focus but other topics covered in detail relate to natural and human-induced changes to the lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and biosphere. Concepts, theories and issues relating to environmental change are included, as are the diverse sources of evidence of environmental change, the local, regional and global effects of environmental change from the poles to the tropics, and the approaches and techniques used for reconstructing, dating, monitoring, modelling and predicting change. This involves an interdisciplinary approach extending from the natural environmental sciences into relevant areas of the physical, earth, biological, archaeological and social sciences. The dictionary emphasises the science of environmental change but its social implications are not neglected. Entries range in level from short review articles of around 1,000 words which provide an up-to-date introduction to major topics, to concise one or two sentence definitions of terms likely to be encountered in this field.


704 pp.; 158 line illus; 0-340-74109-0; Publ. 2001; Price: $140.00



A Dictionary of Epidemiology
Fourth Edition
Edited by JOHN M. LAST, University of Ottowa (Emeritus)

Dictionary making never ends because languages are always changing. Widely used throughout the world, this book will continue to serve as the standard English-language dictionary of epidemiology in its Fourth Edition. It covers all the common terms used in epidemiology and many from related fields such as biostatistics, infectious disease control, health promotion, genetics, clinical epidemiology, health economics, and medical ethics. The definitions are clear and concise, but there is space for some brief essays and discussions of the provenance of important terms. Sponsored by the International Epidemiological Association, the dictionary represents the consensus of epidemiologists in many different countries. All the definitions were reviewed repeatedly by an international network of contributors from every major branch of epidemiology. They are authoritative without being authoritarian. The Fourth Edition contains well over 150 new entries and substantial revisions of about the same number of definitions, plus a dozen new illustrations. Many of the new terms relate to methods used in enviromental and clinical epidemiology.

224 pp.; 26 line illus; 6-1/8 x 9-1/4; 0-19-514169-5; Publ. 2000; Price: $25.00


NEW!: / 2002:
Ainsworth and Bisby's Dictionary of the Fungi
Ninth Edition
Edited by P. M. KIRK, P. F. CANNON, CABI Bioscience, UK Centre, Egham, J. C. DAVID, both at CABI Bioscience, UK Centre, and J. A. STAPLERS, Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures, Baam, The Netherlands

This is the one essential handbook for all who work with or are interested in fungi (inlcuding lichens, slime moulds and yeasts). This new edition, with more than 20,500 entries, provides the most complete listing of generic names of and terms used to describe fungi available. For each genus, the authority, the date of publication, status, systematic position, number of accepted species, distribution, and key references are given. Diagnoses of families, orders and higher categories are included for most groups. In addition, there are biographic notes, information on well-known metabolites and mycotoxins, and broad accounts of almost all pure and applied aspects of the subject (including citations of important literature). All information has been updated as necessary since the publication of the eighth edition in 1995. In addition the ninth edition has the following new features: a refined classification of fungal phyla reflecting the latest molecular evidence, including a major revision of the classification of the Ascomycota; a full integration of anamorphic genera in the classification; a revised synopsis of the proposed classification.

672 pp.; 41 line illus; 0-85199-377-X; Publ. 2002; Price: $90.00


A Dictionary of Genetics
Fifth Edition
ROBERT C. KING, Northwestern University, and WILLIAM D. STANSFIELD, California Polytechnic State University

   
Genetics, the most rapidly advancing of the life sciences, has stimulated more diverse disciplines in the natural and social sciences than any other field. Contributions from scientists of varied backgrounds--anthropologists, chemists, computer specialists, engineers, mathematicians, paleontologists, physicians, and physicists--to its development is one major reason for its prodigious growth. Such growth is accompanied by a proliferation in terminology, which creates a problem both to beginning students and scientists from other disciplines who read papers by geneticists. Various terms, especially in molecular and cell biology, are newly coined and thus not found in any collegiate or biology dictionaries; in some cases, species names are even unfamiliar to students with little or no background in taxonomy.

    This fifth edition of the much-needed Dictionary of Genetics contains over 6,500 definitions of terms and species names relevant to the study of genetics. The entries include both strictly genetic and non-genetic terms often encountered in the literature. Also featured is a classification where all the species cited in the text are cross-referenced. There is a chronology covering the period from 1590 to 1996, and its 790 entries are cross-referenced in the appropriate definitions. The chronology is followed by an extensive bibliography and an index of the scientists cited. The final appendix lists Genetic Databases. Thus the book is helpful not only to beginning geneticists, but anyone involved in life sciences.

456 pp.; b/w illustrations throughout; 6-1/2 x 9-1/4; 0-19-509441-7; Published: 1996; Price: $65.00 (Cloth)
456 pp.; 6-1/2 x 9-1/4; 0-19-509442-5; Published: 1996; Price: $40.00 (paper)


NEW!: / 2002:
Dictionary of the Internet
Book and CD-ROM
DARREL INCE

The most comprehensive dictionary of the Internet, in a print and CD-ROM bundle

A blizzard of new words and phrases, from "bookmark portal" and "cookie poisoning" to "script kiddie" and "viral marketing," have been created by the explosive growth of the Internet.

Now, in Dictionary of the Internet, Darrel Ince defines more than 4,000 terms from the Web, software technology, jargon, e commerce, security, and the technical and organizational infrastructure of the Internet. Ince includes definitions of basic terms, such as "usenet" or "web server" as well as many entries on the colorful jargon of the computer world, such as "Vannevar" or "grey bar land." A free CD-ROM included with the book contains the full dictionary entries in a browsable format with hyperlinks between entries, and links to relevant web sites. The dictionary will be supported by its own web site with updates.

Whether you are a "weasel" (an inexperienced user) or a "webhead," here is an essential reference work, filled with up-to-date information.

Darrel Ince is Professor of Computing at the Open University, in the UK.

560 pp.; 5-3/8 x 8-3/8; 0-19-280286-0; Publ. 2002; Price: $30.00



NEW!: / 2002:
A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types, and Varieties
Fifth Edition
V. PORTER
I. L. MASON


This is a new edition of Mason's standard reference text, and contains key breed information about cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, horses, asses and buffalo. It contains approximately 9000 entries and cross-references, on breeds, sub-breeds, types, varieties, strains and lines of these species. The aim is to include all the livestock names that may be encountered in international literature. It is an essential reference book for all those concerned with domestic livestock.

352 pp.; 0-85199-430-X; Publ. 2002; Price: $110.00


INS Dictionary of Neuropsychology
Edited by DAVID W. LORING, Medical University of Georgia

This dictionary, sponsored by the International Neuropsychological Society, is a practical resource for neuropsychologists, neurologists, speech pathologists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and occupational therapists whose work or research involves patients with nervous system disorders. It will also be valuable for students of neuropsychology and related disciplines. The book provides concise definitions of neurobehavioral abnormalities, diseases affecting the nervous system, clinical syndromes, neuropsychological tests, rehabilitation methods, medical procedures, basic neuroscience and other important terms. Its broad scope not only encompasses the approaches, perspectives, and practice settings of neuropsychology, but also extends to the related disciplines of neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, neurophysiology, neurology, neuropsychiatry, and experimental and cognitive psychology. In addition to definitions, the dictionary includes other relevant information: abbreviations and acronyms that appear in medical charts and in clinical literature, the terms' origins to illustrate how concepts developed, and biographical information on figures who have influenced the understanding of syndromes, diseases, and anatomy.

192 pp.; 6-1/8 x 9-1/4; 0-19-506977-3; Publ. 1998; Price: $58.00
192 pp.; 6-1/8 x 9-1/4; 0-19-506977-3; Publ. 1998; Price: $58.00

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

-- New entries include group theory, radioisotope imaging, fractional quantum Hall effect, and Lorentz force

-- Feature articles on important topics -- Chronologies chart discoveries in main fields of the subject

560 pp.; 0-19-280103-1; Publ. 2000; Price: $15.00


Dictionary of the Physical Sciences
Terms, Formulas, Data
CESARE EMILIANI, University of Miami

This comprehensive dictionary provides clear, concise definitions of terms from chemistry, physics, the geological sciences, and astronomy. The breadth of coverage and the accuracy of the entries are unsurpassed. Symbols and abbreviations are spelled out, and any unfamiliar terms used in making the definitions are themselves defined in the dictionary. The author has included quantitative information wherever pertinent, and has added a number of tables in the appendix to provide additional data. The most comprehensive dictionary available in the physical sciences, this readable, convenient reference will be essential for students and researchers in earth sciences, physics, chemistry and astronomy, as well as for educated lay readers with an interest in science.

"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

384 pp.; 70 illus.; 0-19-503651-4; Published: 1987; Price: $33.00



Psychiatric Dictionary
Seventh Edition
ROBERT JEAN CAMPBELL

   
The seventh edition of Psychiatric Dictionary incorporates the new terms and diagnostic criteria of DSM-IV. In addition, it reflects the advances in neurobiology, neuroimaging, and neurophysiology that mark the "Decade of the Brain." During the past decade, outcome studies of different forms of psychotherapy lay the groundwork for development of differential therapeutics; the new edition takes note of the growing emphasis on brief therapy even as it tries to capture the essence of recent developments in self-psychology and in the object relations school of psychoanalysis. More than 2200 entries of the seventh edition are new, constituting 18% of the total. Many of the entries from previous editions have been revised to include recent discoveries about the mechanisms or disorders they describe. Others have been eliminated or considerably reduced in size, and some have been retained only because of historical interest. As is previous editions, the more important terms are often given encyclopedic treatment. Cross-references are used to guide the reader to a core concept and also to suggest relationships or parallels between different models. In selecting terms for inclusion (and exclusion), and in deciding which terms merit more than a single sentence or two, the editor has tried to meet a goal of making the language of the field understandable not only to those who use it every day, but also to those who work primarily in other fields. In addition to those already noted, there are new or extensively revised entries in the following topical areas: use and misuse of alcohol and other substances; newer psychopharmalogical agents and new uses of older drugs; psychology and social work; genetics; cognitive disorders (dementias, deliria, and amnesiae) and other diagnostic entities recognized by DSM-IV; structure and functions of the neuron; information processing; language acquisition; and health law and forensic psychiatry.

Robert Jean Campbell, M.D., is the Director of Gracie Square Hospital in New York City, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Cornell University Medical College, and Past President of the American Association of Psychiatric Administrators.

840 pp.; 7 x 10; 0-19-510259-2; Published: 1996; Price: $72.00



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.

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

Praise for previous editions:

"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 through."--New Scientist

864 pp.; 0-19-280098-1; Published: 1999; Price: $16.00



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; Published: 1999; Price: $16.00


The Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science and Medicine
Second Edition
MICHAEL KENT, St Austell College, Cornwall

This comprehensive and authorative dictionary provides an invaluable reference book for anyone interested in the fascinating subject of sport. It covers all the major areas of sports science and medicine, including anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, nutrition, sports psychology, sports sociology, sports injuries, and training principles. This dictionary was compiled, in its first edition, by a team of eminent contributors and advisers. Since the first edition was published, the disciplines of sport science and sport medicine have grown rapidly and generated a wealth of new information. The second edition includes over 7500 cross-referenced terms which have been updated or added since the first edition. There are 165 illustrations, including twenty new ones, and four appendices have been added including one on Banned Substances. The dictionary will be of particular help to medical specialists, students of PE, coaches, and athletes who need to understand the scientific principles, physiological processes, and anatomical structures which affect sporting performance. It will also be useful to the general reader interested in health and fitness, or willing to understand the meanings of such terms as A-band, jogger's hipple, maximal aerobic power, social loafing, and zero-sum competition.

584 pp.; 162 linecuts; 0-19-262845-3; Published: 1998; Price: $40.00



NEW!: / 2002:
A Dictionary of Weights, Measures, and Units
DONALD FENNA

   
This comprehensive and authoritative dictionary provides clear definitions of units, prefixes, and styles of weights and measures within the Systeme International (SI), as well as traditional, and industry-specific units. It also includes general historical and scientific background, covering the development of the sequential definitions and sizing of units. This new reference work will prove invaluable to professional scientists, engineers, technicians as well as to students and the general user.

    After working as a research scientist at the Weapons Research Establishment for the Commonwealth of Australia, as a systems analyst for the Australian Department of Defence, and as the Assistant Director-General for the Australian telecommunications authority, Donald Fenna was made a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta. He has over 60 publications in learned journals and books covering mathematics, management, computing, and medicine, including Elsevier's Encyclopedic Dictionary of Measures.

256 pp.; tables; 5 x 7 3/4; 0-19-860522-6; Published: 2002; Price: $17.00



A Dictionary of Zoology
Second Edition
Edited by MICHAEL ALLABY

The only paperback zoology dictionary available

This dictionary is a comprehensive and up-to-date reference work on all aspects of the study of animals. Now fully revised for this new edition, with over 5,000 entries, it is ideal for students and will be invaluable to amateur naturalists and all those with an interest in the subject.

Key features of this second edition:

* Wide coverage including animal behavior, ecology, physiology, genetics, cytology, evolution, Earth history, zoogeography
* Full taxonomic coverage of arthropods, other invertebrates, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals
* Completely revised to incorporate the recent discovery of 'extremophiles'--organisms living in environments formerly considered impossibly hostile--and the taxonomic reclassification that this has entailed
* New entries on genetics, evolutionary studies, and mammalian physiology

About the Author: Michael Allaby is a well-known writer on science and the environment. He is the general editor of The Oxford Dictionary of Natural History and the editor of The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Ecology and (with Ailsa Allaby) The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Earth Sciences.

608 pp.; 50 line illus; 0-19-280076-0

 

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