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Dictionary of geophysics, astrophysics, and astronomy
Matzner, Richard A. (Richard Alfred), 1942-
Publication Information:
Boca Raton : CRC Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
526 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
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The Dictionary of Geophysics, Astrophysics, and Astronomy provides a lexicon of terminology covering fields such as astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, relativity, geophysics, meteorology, Newtonian physics, and oceanography. Authors and editors often assume - incorrectly - that readers are familiar with all the terms in professional literature. With over 4,000 definitions and 50 contributing authors, this unique comprehensive dictionary helps scientists to use terminology correctly and to understand papers, articles, and books in which physics-related terms appear.

Author Notes

Stan Gibilisco is the author of several important scientific books, including Understanding Einstein's Theory of Relativity and Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics. While his primary interests are in technical and scientific fields, his passion has always been writing. He has worked as vice president of an electronic company and explains the exciting field of electronics in clear and complete terms.

Gibilisco was born on September 26, 1953 in Birmingham, Ala. and educated at the University of Minnesota.

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As study of the physical universe expands to include developing research in neutrinos, solar system bodies, and atmospheric changes, single-volume physics dictionaries are no longer adequate for current academic reference work. One of three volumes in the unique "Comprehensive Dictionary of Physics" series, this work meets the urgent need for updated, scholarly, yet succinct definitions of expanding physics terminology. Like its companions in the series, this work draws on the expertise of some 50 international scholars. Besides including entries not usually found in standard physics dictionaries, this source distinguishes itself from other single-volume publications (e.g., M.P. Lord's Macmillan Dictionary of Physics, 1986, and John Daintith and John O.E. Clark's The Facts on File Dictionary of Physics, 3rd ed., CH, Apr'00) by frequently including examples as part of its definitions along with suggestions for their application. Line drawings, graphs, and charts are used sparingly yet effectively to highlight the more than 500 entries. Only slightly distracting are nonstandard uses of see references to direct users to related terms. Highly recommended for reference departments serving all levels of post-secondary study. J. Duffy Ohio State University