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

Physical Description:
250 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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QC5 .F34 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
QC5 .F34 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
QC5 .F34 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
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QC5 .F34 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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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

Although Facts on File is not a great dictionary of physics, there are very few physics dictionaries on the market. The discipline is simply too dynamic for a printed dictionary to cover cutting-edge terminology adequately. In more than 2,400 entries, some including mathematical formulae, some terms are missed, among them "string theory," "branes," and "quantum computers." Among terms included are "lepton," "entanglement," and "Bell's Paradox." Lightweight, paperbound, intended for high school and undergraduate physics students, this is no better but certainly no worse than most physics dictionaries of its size. J. C. Shane; University of New Mexico



Every day brings new discoveries in physics, from the designs of home audio equipment to the capabilities of the newest generation of computers. Geared specifically to the needs of high school students and keyed to school syllabuses, The Facts On File Dictionary of Physics defines terms and concepts relating to all aspects of physical science. Clear, concise, and informative Completely revised and expanded, The Facts On File Dictionary of Physics 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 most people will ever need to know, in language that is easy to understand. More than 80 line drawings illustrate complex physical concepts, and extensive cross references ensure the Dictionary's accessibility and ease of use. Tables at the back of the book list symbols for physical quantities, conversion factors, and other frequently consulted information. New terms focus on the areas of particle physics, cosmology, low-temperature physics, and quantum theory. New entries include: • Higgs boson • Anthropic principle • Nonotechnology • Schràdinger's cat • Bell's paradox • High-temperature superconductivity • Bose-Einstein condensation • and much more. Excerpted from The Facts on File Dictionary of Physics 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.