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Title:
McGraw-Hill encyclopedia of science & technology.
Author:
McGraw-Hill Book Company.
Edition:
Ninth edition.
Publication Information:
New York : McGraw-Hill, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
20 volumes : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 29 cm
General Note:
"An international references work in twenty volumes including an index."
Language:
English
Contents:
1. Aar-ano -- 2. Ans-bin -- 3. Bio-cha -- 4. Che-cos -- 5. Cot-eat -- 6. Ebe-eye -- 7. Fab-gen -- 8. geo-hys -- 9. Ice-lev -- 10. Lib-meta -- 11. Mete-nit -- 12. Nob-pap -- 13. Par-plan -- 14. Plas-qui -- 15. Rab-rye -- 16. Sab-son -- 17. Sor-sup -- 18. Sur-typ -- 19. Ulc-zyg -- 20. Index.
Added Corporate Author:
ISBN:
9780079136657
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Acts as a reference that surveys the state-of-the-art in the physical, earth, life and applied sciences. This book addresses the needs for a complete encyclopedia after the scientific and technical revolutions during the second world war, set off an avalanche of advances in areas such as genetics, chemistry, and electronics.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

It has been 5 years since the publication of the eighth edition of this internationally known encyclopedia and 42 years since the first edition. For students, the general public, and researchers, the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology has become the most-used general encyclopedia covering science and engineering technology. From its first edition in 1960, its goal has been to provide information that was understandable and authoritative for the general public, secondary school students, undergraduates, and researchers. The principal purpose is stated in the preface: "To provide the widest possible range of articles that will be understandable and useful to any person of modest technical training who wants to obtain information outside his particular field of specialization." It has maintained this goal through the years, with no other science encyclopedia targeting such a wide range of readers. There are still 20 volumes, printed in double-column format, with good use of white space, excellent illustrations, bibliographies, and a detailed analytical index. The ninth edition contains 7,100 signed articles written by more than 5,000 authors from universities, industry, and government agencies, including 30 Nobel Prize winners. Each article begins with a definition and concise overview of the topic, followed by a discussion, and ends, in most cases, with a brief bibliography. Within the articles there are some 62,000 cross-references to related articles, providing the reader the widest possible access to all related topics. The index volume contains a list of all contributors with their affiliations and the titles of each articles that he or she has written. Of particular use are the 15 subject study guides that provide a program of study and reference that can be used by educators in secondary schools and colleges. These guides permit an individual to become informed on a particular topic. The topical index is a useful tool that groups the 7,100 articles under 87 major subject categories. Finally, the analytical index provides access to all of the information included in the 19 volumes of text. The color of the line drawings has changed from a lavender tone to a turquoise tone. The color illustrations are the same and excellent. However, the black-and-white photographs were in many cases better and crisper in the eighth edition. The binding should hold up to extreme use. Though editors state that the encyclopedia has been extensively revised and new entries have been added, the total number of articles is the same as reported in the eighth edition. There is no indication which articles were dropped and which are new. With an encyclopedia covering such a wide range of topics, one cannot expect all articles to be completely rewritten. However, one would expect articles on topics of great interest to the general public to have some revision. The entry for Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) has had no revision, even though great advances have been made in the treatment of the disease, and there is no bibliography. In spot-checking other articles, it appears that revisions are minimal. Some articles have had one or two new additions to the bibliography. There has been some expansion on material relating to the human genome, biotechnology, neuroscience, and forensic science. When the total number of articles remains the same, it makes one wonder what was dropped to add the six new entries covering forensic science. All in all, this is still a highly recommended encyclopedia for general information on science and technology. It is not intended to be the last stop for the latest information on current "hot topics." For libraries on a limited budget, the ninth edition may not be necessary if the eighth edition is owned, especially if a good collection of up-to-date, specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries has been purchased.


Library Journal Review

Known for its tradition of excellence, the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology (MEST) sets the standard for science encyclopedias. First published in 1960, MEST serves as an excellent resource for those who need an authoritative overview of a subject within the major disciplines of science and technology. Contributed by 5000 internationally known researchers (1500 more than in the eighth edition), the 7100 articles are well written and well organized. The excellent illustrations, primarily drawings with some black-and-white photographs and color plates, are central to the text. The topical index groups article titles under broad subject categories, while the 500-page analytical index provides more specific indexing. The set is updated every five years, with this edition's comprehensive revisions emphasizing industrial engineering, information technology and computing, chemistry and chemical engineering, physics and astronomy, the biomedical sciences, and the environmental, earth, and climate sciences. The short bibliographies at the end of each article have been revised, and the study guides have been expanded to cover 15 major scientific disciplines such as agriculture, electronics, and environmental science. Aside from this, very little is changed from the eighth edition. Both MEST and the recent Encyclopedia of Physical Science and Technology (EPST) are excellent science encyclopedias and complement each other. Although the sets are comparable in size, EPST has only 790 articles, a difference that results from MEST's breaking up a topic into several individual articles. In contrast, EPST organizes the information into fewer chapter-length articles, making it better suited for self-study. Because MEST has slightly broader coverage and costs about $1000 less than EPST, most libraries would probably prefer to purchase this set if they have to make a choice. Highly recommended for all libraries. [Access Science, the e-version of this encyclopedia, is available at a price based on an institution's FTE, starting at $595 for a single user per year.-Ed.]-Teresa Berry, Univ. of Tennessee Libs., Knoxville (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Apart from their final recommendation, the conclusions in the review of the eighth edition (CH, Dec'97) are appropriate to the ninth. McGraw-Hill continues to revise only a small portion of the content, reprinting most of it with minor changes in format, one edition to the next, keeping the same tired look, repelling readers. Black-and-white photographs of equipment and illustrations from older articles (e.g., 1959) ill befit an encyclopedia pretending to reflect modern science. In fairness, the editors add articles ("Internet," "Invasion Ecology," "Combinatorial Chemistry") and revise others ("Human Genetics," "Hubble Constant") where developments over the past five years make that essential, and update some of the bibliographies. Revisions are sometimes not fully integrated: the Internet was treated in the eighth edition under "Data Communication," but the ninth includes no revision of that article--not even a cross-reference to the new "Internet" article.The review of the eighth edition concluded that unless McGraw-Hill is heavily used, most academic libraries will be better served with a one-volume science encyclopedia supplemented by more specialized encyclopedias. Unhappily, that conclusion must now be abandoned. The leading one-volume science encyclopedia, Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, has just been published (2002) in a two-volume ninth edition. What should librarians do? McGraw-Hill's AccessScience , an online version of the Encyclopedia, has appeal, since many readers now use the Web for information that in earlier years they would have sought in an encyclopedia. AccessScience has important supplemental materials: a dictionary, a collection of "research update" articles, articles from Science News, articles from Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientific Biography, and directories of Web sites. All these pieces are accessible through an initial search or are linked from encyclopedia articles, but the foundation articles, including the illustrations, are unchanged from the printed encyclopedia. The introduction claims continuous revision but fails to specify its extent. Librarians can buy the new print edition (increasingly dated and old, hence uninviting), purchase AccessScience, or buy nothing and look for alternatives. The first choice is appropriate for large libraries that need a basic science encyclopedia or where McGraw-Hill is used heavily. The second is determined by student enrollment. For institutions over 2,000 FTE, the cost over a five-year period is significantly higher than the print version; for institutions with FTE below 2,000, the online version costs somewhat more, but newer material and a fuller information service are provided. The third choice may be best in the end. The publisher needs to be made aware that an insufficiently revised print encyclopedia at McGraw-Hill's price is unacceptable. Libraries need a source more up-to-date, attractive, and appealing, probably feasible only as an online service. The sun sets on the print versions of comprehensive science encyclopedias. T. G. Kirk Earlham College


Table of Contents

The complete table of contents is too long to show here
However, The Encyclopedia provides the most comprehensive coverage available with 97 subject areas covering every discipline in science and technology:Acoustics
Aerospace engineering
Agriculture
Analytical chemistry
Anatomy and physiology (vertebrate)
Anthropology
Archeology
Astronomy
Atomic and molecular physics
Biochemistry and molecular biology
Biophysics
Cell biology
Chemical engineering
Civil engineering
Classical mechanics and heat
Computing
Conservation
Control and information systems
Design engineering
Developmental biology
Ecology
Electrical engineering
Electrical power engineering
Electricity and electromagnetism
Electromagnetic radiation optics
Electronic circuits
Evolution
Experimental psychology
Fluid mechanics
Food engineering
Forensic science
Forestry
General physiology
Genetics
Geochemistry
Geology (physical, historical, and sedimentary)
Geology (surfical and petrology)
Geology and geodesy
Geophysics
Graphic arts and photographic materials
Immunology
Immunology and virology
Industrial and production engineering
Inorganic chemistry
Invertebrate paleontology
Invertebrate zoology
Low-temperature physics /Materials
Materials science and engineering
Mathematics
Mechanical and power engineering
Medical microbiology
Medical science
Metallurgical engineering
Meteorology and climatology
Microbiology
Microscopy
Mineralogy
Mining engineering
Mycology
Naval architecture and marine engineering
Navigation
Neuroscience
Nuclear and elementary particle physics
Nuclear engineering
Oceanography
Organic chemistry
Paleobotany
Pathology
Petroleum chemistry
Petroleum engineering
Petrology
Phylogeny and taxonomy
Physical chemistry
Physical electronics
Physical geography
Physiological psychology
Physiology
Plant pathology
Plant physiology
Plant sciences
Plant taxonomy
Propulsion
Psychiatry
Psychology
Radio communications
Soils
Solid-state physics
Telecommunications and remote sensing
Theoretical physics
Thermodynamics
Thermodynamics and heat
Transportation engineering
Vertebrate paleontology
Vertebrate zoology
Veterinary medicine
Virology