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Building blocks of matter : a supplement to the Macmillan encyclopedia of physics
Rigden, John S.
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New York : Macmillan Reference USA, [2003]

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xxxi, 530 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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Macmillan encyclopedia of physics.
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This new series offers the most comprehensive views of key areas in the world of science. Each set explores all facets of the topic, offering not only descriptive and analytical information, but also cultural and ethical issues and career opportunities. This new supplement to the "Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics presents the most recent data on particle physics, a field that has seen many important breakthroughs since the publication of the parent set in 1996. The work reviews all observed and theoretical particles known to date, retracing the history of each particle's discovery and function and covers current research; practical applications both hypothetical and actual; and provides biographical entries of significant scientists working in the field. Case studies and experiments round out the broad range of topics covered.

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Booklist Review

Twentieth-century and twenty-first-century elementary particle physics is full of quarks, leptons, antimatter, and dark energy. How is a reader supposed to understand physics when much of what he or she may, or may not, remember from high-school physics is no longer current? This alphabetically arranged guide is intended for a broad audience, including advanced high-school and college students as well as general readers. An international team of physicists contributed 153 entries, each with a bibliography of recommended books, journals, and Web sites. See also references appear at the end of each article. Also included are a reader's guide presenting a topical arrangement of entries, a time line, a glossary, and a list of common abbreviations and acronyms. Case studies of experiments such as the measurement of the muon, profiles of important laboratories such as Fermilab, and biographies of physicists such as Paul Dirac are among the entries, which are illustrated with tables, photograph, and schematics. Building Blocks of Matter is a supplement to the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics (1996). As such, it will help students understand the physics of elementary particles, that is, particles that cannot be broken down. Because of its focus, it is more specialized than a physics dictionary. Recommended for science reference collections in academic and public libraries, especially those that own the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Edited by the director of special projects at the American Institute of Physics, this one-volume supplement to the four-volume Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics (1996) covers topics in particle physics-including laboratories and facilities for study in elementary particle physics, biographies of prominent physicists, historical articles, experiments and case studies, and physical concepts, processes, and procedures. Each signed entry runs one to five pages and includes a bibliography, references, and photos and black-and-white illustrations; the writing is appropriate for advanced high school and college-age students. M.K. Sundaresan's comparable Handbook of Particle Physics has fewer illustrations and a smaller format, and while many of the same entries are included, the Rigden volume presents its topics more clearly and categorizes them in more detail. Nevertheless, this work is not an adequate substitute for the full physics set owing to its narrow focus on elementary particle physics. Appropriate for undergraduate or research university libraries where a one-volume handbook on particle physics is required.-Elizabeth Brown, Binghamton Univ. Libs., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Studying the basic building blocks of matter requires a diverse base of knowledge. This supplement to Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics, ed. by Rigden (4v., CH, Jul'97), enriches the quality and scope of its information. Building Blocks contains articles on topics not covered in the original set, or that have undergone changes since that work was first published. The format follows that of the Encyclopedia and includes a comprehensive index. Entries are arranged alphabetically, and supplementary lists are organized by field, alphabetically, and by contributor. An excellent and useful supplement to the parent encyclopedia. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Undergraduate and graduate students. A. N. Murrell New Mexico State University