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The Facts on File dictionary of chemistry.
Daintith, John.
Third edition / edited by John Daintith.
Publication Information:
New York : Facts On File, [1999]

Physical Description:
266 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Clarence Library QD5 .D26 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
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In this reference more than 3000 entries reflect modern chemical nomenclature and up-to-date information on commonly used chemical terms and the properties of elements.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

These revised volumes in the Facts On File Science Library series each have between 2,500^-3,000 brief entries. Language is somewhat more technical than in the similar titles from Fitzroy Dearborn, listed above.

Library Journal Review

These four titles all expand upon the second editions, released in 1988-89; each adds between 200 and 300 terms to keep the contents current, bringing the total number of entries up to approximately 3000 per volume. As in the previous editions, the definitions are concise and readable, targeted to the high school or undergraduate science student. Definitions range in length from a few lines in most cases to several paragraphs for more important or abstract terms. As with most technical dictionaries, etymological or pronunciation information is not provided, though line drawings enhance several of the definitions (approximately 50 per dictionary, double that in Mathematics). The use of British spellings, a drawback to the previous editions, has been eliminated here. Daintith, editor of three of the volumes, is a former research chemist in Great Britain. He is joined by Hine (life science editor of the Larousse Encyclopedia), science writer and editor Clark, and approximately a dozen contributors per dictionary. Each dictionary is supplemented by appropriate appendixes: taxonomic tables and amino acids (Biology); a periodic table, elemental information, fundamental particles, and constants (Chemistry); much the same for Physics; and conversion factors and useful symbols, formulae, and powers and roots (Mathematics). These are fine first references for the most common terms and concepts in their fields, filling a niche at the low-cost end of the market just above most concise subject dictionaries. Recommended for high school and undergraduate libraries.--Wade Lee, Univ. of Toledo Libs., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Updating the revised edition (1988), this small paperback adds approximately 250 new terms and a few revised definitions, bringing the total number to around 2,300. The definitions are written in a straightforward, easy-to-understand style. Relatively few terms are drawn from medicinal, clinical, or biochemistry. The dictionary includes some eponymous terms without explaining their origin, and unlike McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Chemistry, ed. by Sybil Parker (CH, Jun'97), it does not indicate pronunciation. In contrast to Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary (13th ed., 1997), which includes a large number of specific compounds accompanied by CAS Registry numbers, diagrams, and empirical formulae, Facts on File has relatively few specific compounds, although empirical formulae and occasional diagrams usually accompany the entries. Its definitions are more succinct than Hawley's, yet more thorough and detailed than McGraw-Hill's. Facts on File does not state from which area of chemistry (organic, inorganic, analytical, etc.) the term is derived, as McGraw-Hill does. The amount of overlap among these dictionaries is not enough to preclude libraries from owning all three. A sturdier binding would be desirable, but the dictionary is a bargain. Recommended for lower-division undergraduate collections and above. M. A. Manion; University of Massachusetts at Lowell



Aimed specifically at the needs of high school students and keyed to school syllabuses, The Facts On File Dictionary of Chemistry defines every chemical term and concept most people will ever need to know, in language that's easy to understand. All the basics of chemistry are covered: the elements, groups of compounds, formulas, equations, and chemical processes. Also featured are: techniques (e.g., Regnault's method, Bessemer process), instruments (e.g., the pyrometer, Beckmann thermometer), units of measure (e.g., angstrom, lux), and specialized uses of everyday terms (e.g., mordent, quenching). Clear, concise, and informative This revised edition reflects modern chemical nomenclature and the most up-to-date information on the properties of elements. More than 3,000 entries explain, clearly and concisely, the most important and commonly used chemical terms. More than 50 line drawings illustrate chemical structures, and extensive cross references ensure the Dictionary's accessibility and ease of use. Over 250 new entries have been added, including: • Buckminsterfullerene • Fullerite • Nanotubes • Quasicrystal • Supramolecular chemistry • Crown ether • and much more. Excerpted from The Facts on File Dictionary of Chemistry All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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