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Scientific and technical acronyms, symbols, and abbreviations
Erb, Uwe.
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New York : Wiley-Interscience, [2001]

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xiii, 2100 pages ; 29 cm
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With 200,000 entries in over eighty different fields, Scientific and Technical Acronyms, Symbols, and Abbreviations is the most comprehensive reference of its type, covering more scientific and technical disciplines than any other available book. This invaluable resource will help scientists, engineers, and researchers understand and utilize current terminology in almost any field-from aeronautics to zoology. All accepted abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols are included, from the most obscure to the most common, as well as an appendix that provides important lists of units, systems of units, conversion factors, and prefixes. Science writers, journalists, translators, interpreters-anyone working in or around the sciences-will find this a helpful, easy-to-use guide to difficult technical jargon. Entries are listed in alphabetical order and are defined according to the field in which they are currently in use. Multiple definitions are listed for abbreviations and acronyms that may be in use in more than one field. For instance, the entry for the abbreviation "cb" would show several meanings: "CB" for Canada Balsam, "Cb" for cerebellum, and "c-B" for crystalline boron, among others. Entries for terms in languages other than English are included, as well as abbreviations for all known scientific and technical journals. Simple, comprehensive, and up-to-date, Scientific and Technical Acronyms, Symbols, and Abbreviations is a complete and vital reference for professionals in almost any scientific or technical discipline.

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Numerous dictionaries over the last 30 years cover the abbreviations and acronyms commonly used in the sciences and engineering. Most libraries have purchased a couple of specialized sources covering major fields or hoped that Gales's Acronyms, Initialisms & Abbreviations Dictionary would suffice. The tremendous expansion of the sciences and engineering and their terminology in the last ten years has shown the need for a single comprehensive source. Erb and Keller, answering the challenge, have compiled a monumental 2,100-page reference source that covers comprehensively 72 scientific and technical fields, including the expected--aeronautics, anatomy, botany, geology, mathematics, nuclear science, physics--but also fields whose abbreviations and acronyms are more difficult to verify, particularly for readers without access to large research libraries--crystallography, forestry, housing, nanotechnology, petrology, textile technology, and others. Entries (more than 200,000) are arranged in a single alphabet, but users are advised to read the three-page "Guide to This Book," which will help explain the challenges of arranging entries consisting of uppercase letters versus those in lowercase; entries containing spaces, superscripts, subscripts, and punctuation (ampersands, slashes); and those with Greek letters and numerals. Because of the multidisciplinary content, the compilers append supplementary information as needed in either parentheses or square brackets (e.g., 69 entries using "CAS," 16 of them not American in origin). Very useful for general and academic libraries. J. M. Robson Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Guide to This Book
Fields Covered in This Book
Scientific and Technical Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Symbols