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The Penguin dictionary of chemistry
Sharp, D. W. A. (David William Arthur)
Third edition.
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Penguin, [2003]

Physical Description:
434 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
General Note:
Previous ed.: 1990.
Added Title:
Dictionary of chemistry.
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QD5 .M52 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
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The Penguin Dictionary of Chemistry is the ideal source of information for students of all sciences, whatever their level, and for anyone who encounters chemical terms in the course of their everyday work. Comprehensive, packed with vital information and illustrated throughout, it has now been substantially updated to take account of the very latest developments in this key subject area. Explains chemical terms from all branches of the subject, from AAS to zwitterions Includes concise entries on elements, compounds and other substancesOffers succinct accounts of important chemical operations, including industrial processesDiscusses important biochemical and environmental issues

Author Notes

D. W. A. Sharp was formerly Professor of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow. He has edited Miall's Dictionary, and all three editions of the Dictionary of Chemistry, and written many papers for learned journals in his field. He lives in Glasgow.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

Condensed from Miall's Dictionary of Chemistry (5th ed., ed. by D.W.A. Sharp, 1981), this work is a concise, highly functional reference that will be useful when reading or searching the chemical literature. Entries cover chemicals, techniques, and principles and range in length from one sentence to a few paragraphs. The format emphasizes brief definitions for specific compounds or groups of compounds; some understanding of nomenclature is expected. Illustrations are spare but useful, and formulae and equations are written out where necessary. This work is more technical than Dictionary of Chemistry, ed. by Andrew Hunt (CH, Mar'00), or The Facts on File Dictionary of Chemistry, ed. by John Daintith (3rd ed., 1999), both of which have longer, more encyclopedic entries and detailed explanations of basic chemistry concepts; these works may be more useful to lower-division undergraduates and high school students. Sharp's work favors utility and breadth of coverage over lengthy explanations or fancy formatting. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Collections serving upper-division undergraduates, graduates, and researchers, as a technical desk reference. S. K. Oelker Drew University