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

Physical Description:
241 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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Central Library QA5 .F33 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
Clarence Library QA5 .F33 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Concord Library QA5 .F33 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Audubon Library QA5 .F33 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material

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This reference includes 2500 entries that explain the most important and commonly used terms in mathematics, including over 200 new terms related to applied mathematics and computer science.

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

This new edition (2nd ed., 1988) contains 3,000 brief definitions. Most are terms from simple mathematics through lower-division college mathematics, but the volume also includes an eclectic mix of simple terms and definitions from computer science ("bitmap," "batch processing," "bug and debug"), and some terms whose presence is inexplicable ("capital," "annuity," "desktop publishing," "french curve"). Some of the longest definitions are reserved for historical information about various computer processing components. More useful in a mathematics dictionary would be fuller definitions of mathematical concepts and brief biographical information about those for whom many rules and theorems have been named. Cross-references are well placed. Over 100 line drawings provide graphic and geometric clarity. Appendixes include Imperial units, symbols and notations, conversion factors, expansions, integrals, derivatives, powers and roots, fundamental constants, and the Greek alphabet. British spellings and SI units are used throughout. This edition includes important new mathematical concepts--e.g., the 1995 proof of Fermat's last theorem. A good value as an addition to a collection of mathematics dictionaries. A. Jensen; University of California, Berkeley



The Facts On File Dictionary of Mathematics is geared specifically to the needs of high school students. Keyed to school syllabuses, it defines every mathematical term and concept most people will ever need to know, in language that is easy to understand. Clear, concise, and informative Newly revised and expanded, The Facts On File Dictionary of Mathematics includes terms of general interest to the high school and general reader. It contains more than 2,500 entries that explain, clearly and concisely, the most important and commonly used terms in mathematics. Over 90 line drawings illustrate complex mathematical concepts, and extensive cross references ensure the Dictionary's accessibility and ease of use. Over 200 new terms have been included with emphasis on those in applied mathematics and computer science. New entries include: • Fractal • Mandelbrot set • Julia set • Chaos theory • Butterfly effect • Bezler curve • Computer graphics • Hypertext • and much more. Excerpted from The Facts on File Dictionary of Mathematics 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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