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Dictionary of chemistry
Hunt, J. A. (James Andrew), 1942-
Publication Information:
London ; Chicago : F. Dearborn Publishers, 1999.
Physical Description:
365 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
"This edition based on The complete A-Z chemistry handbook, first published in the United Kingdom by Hodder and Stoughton Educational, 1998" -- Verso of t.p.
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QD5 .H837 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
QD5 .H837 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Originally published in the U.K., 1997^-1998, these volumes feature plenty of charts, tables, diagrams, bullets, and worked examples of calculations to make information more digestible.

Library Journal Review

Librarians selecting a basic chemistry dictionary have many to choose from. Hunt's Dictionary of Chemistry (originally published in Britain as The Complete A-Z Chemistry Handbook) offers some nice features that make it attractive even if your library already has one or two recent dictionaries. While most such dictionaries limit themselves to brief definitions of terms, this one provides explanations, which is more useful to the student. It emphasizes the processes and concepts of chemistry rather than chemical substances. The entries are substantive and well illustrated, with chemical diagrams showing bonds, charges, and reaction equations. Worked examples illustrate how to tackle complex calculations. The entries are thoroughly cross-referenced, allowing a reader to navigate among multiple sections to gather pertinent information. The author evidently assumes some level of chemical knowledge on the part of the reader, but the book is accessible to nonscientists. Used in tandem with larger dictionaries, particularly Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1993. 12th ed.), this title could be a useful addition to a library's scientific dictionary collection. Recommended for academic libraries and also for high schools with advanced chemistry programs.√ĄDavid W. Flaxbart, Chemistry Lib., Univ. of Texas, Austin (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Not a dictionary of chemistry in the usual sense, this is an alphabetically arranged supplement for a British precollege course in general chemistry, designed to be used along with a conventional textbook. The entries each run a few short paragraphs, composed of uncomplicated sentences using basic vocabulary, accompanied by simple line drawings and a sparse use of elementary algebra. It seems intended for readers with a limited understanding of both English and mathematics; no gross errors were noted apart from those of oversimplification. Distinctly nonuniversity level, this book is probably best used in the US as reserve reading in a community college, or as a reference book for a high school library. D. Goodman; Princeton University