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Title:
The biographical dictionary of scientists.
Author:
Porter, Roy, 1946-2002.
Edition:
Third edition / consultant editors, Roy Porter, Marilyn Ogilvie.
Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
2 volumes (1196 pages) : illustrations, portraits ; 26 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
v. 1. Abbe to Leavitt -- v. 2. Lebedev to Zworykin.
ISBN:
9780195216639

9780195216646

9780195216653
Format :
Book

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Summary

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. TheDictionary 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: "Excellent...recommended."--Reference Books Bulletin "Recommended for all public and academic collections."--Choice "Makes informative and enjoyable reading....a valuable resource."--Mathematics Teacher


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The third edition of this collective biography intends to improve and update a well-known reference work (2nd ed., CH, Mar'95) that sketches the lives of men and women responsible for the world's greatest scientific achievements. The new set, now in two volumes, includes more than 1,280 entries, adding approximately 80 new entries. New entries focus primarily on contemporary and women scientists, creating a balanced survey of men and women of science throughout the ages. The biographies range in length from 500 to 1,200 words and have been revised to include new information about living scientists. The historical reviews of major scientific fields have been brought up to date, as have the bibliographies that conclude some entries. Also new to this edition are tables of scientific discoveries and of Nobel prize winners arranged by scientific field, chronologies outlining the development of the major scientific fields, and an expanded glossary. The added and updated material definitely warrants purchase of this set by academic and public libraries, even those that own the previous edition. All levels. B. G. Stewart; Sam Houston State University