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McGraw-Hill dictionary of chemistry.
Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : McGraw-Hill, [2003]

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x, 431 pages ; 22 cm
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"All text in the dictionary was published previously in the McGraw-Hill dictionary of scientific and technical terms, sixth edition, copyright c2003 ... "--T.p. verso.
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McGraw-Hill dictionary of scientific and technical terms. 6th ed.
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Derived from the world-renowned McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, Sixth Edition, this vital reference offers a wealth of essential information in a portable, convenient, quick-find format. Whether you're a professional, a student, a writer, or a general reader with an interest in science, there is no better or more authoritative way to stay up-to-speed with the current language of chemistry or gain an understanding of its key ideas and concepts.

Written in clear, simple language understandable to the general reader, yet in-depth enough for scientists, educators, and advanced students, The McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Chemistry, Second Edition:

* Has been extensively revised, with 9,000 entries that fully define the language of chemistry
* Includes synonyms, acronyms, and abbreviations
* Provides pronunciations for all terms
* Covers such topics as analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, polymer chemistry, and spectroscopy, as well as terms in related areas such as biotechnology and biochemistry
* Includes an appendix containing tables of useful data and information
* Is based on the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms - for more than a quarter-of-a-century THE standard international reference

Carefully reviewed for clarity, completeness, and accuracy, the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Chemistry, Second Edition, offers a standard of excellence unmatched by any similar publication.

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Compiled by The Editorial Staff of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology (New York City), one of the most skilled, experienced, and innovative teams in the field of scientific publishing.

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Choice Review

McGraw-Hill derives these inexpensive subject-specific dictionaries from its Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms (6th ed., CH, Mar'03), covering 110,000 terms. Libraries could not go wrong purchasing this recognized standard reference--either the parent or its offspring. Choosing which to purchase will probably present the greater challenge. Students may be more likely to favor these more focused titles, whereas librarians may be more enthralled with the larger, more encompassing mother work. Cases in point: in the parent, one observes the wide-ranging impact of Carl Friedrich Gauss, finding 44 eponymous "Gaussian" terms used in various fields from statistics to electromagnetism. Far fewer are found in each of the offspring. Where but in the parent work does one discover that "cricket" is both an orthopteran insect and a device used to divert water at the intersection of roof and chimney, and that "gut" is a term used in geology as well as anatomy? The offspring reproduce the definitions of terms exactly as they appear in the mother work, with pronunciation but without illustrations. The appropriate appendixes are retained in the smaller volumes, but biographical entries are dropped. McGraw-Hill has competition, notably from Oxford and Facts on File, which also publish inexpensive subject-specific science dictionaries. Oxford and Facts on File include illustrations but lack pronunciations. McGraw-Hill tends to include more appendixes, such as geological time scales and electronic symbols, Oxford includes more biographical information, and Facts on File targets its dictionaries to secondary schools, usually covering fewer terms at greater length than McGraw-Hill. A notable exception is McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of Astronomy. Although priced the same as the others, this is the briefest of the McGraw-Hill series, containing 2,800 entries in 180 pages. For the same price, The Facts on File Dictionary of Astronomy, ed. by Valerie Illingworth and John Clark (4th ed., 2000), contains 3,700 terms in over 500 pages, and Oxford's A Dictionary of Astronomy, ed. by Ian Ridpath (rev. ed., 2003), 4,000 entries in over 500 pages at an even lower price. With the exception of astronomy, libraries will be well served by the McGraw-Hill titles. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Public and undergraduate libraries. T. R. Faust Burlington College

Table of Contents

Prefacep. v
Staffp. vi
How to Use the Dictionaryp. vii
Fields and Their Scopep. ix
Pronunciation Keyp. x
A-Z Termsp. 1
Appendixp. 415
Equivalents of commonly used units for the U.S. Customary System and the metric systemp. 417
Conversion factors for the U.S. Customary System, metric system, and International Systemp. 418
Defining fixed points of the International Temperature Scale of 1990 (ITS-90)p. 422
Primary thermometry methodsp. 423
Periodic tablep. 424
Electrochemical series of the elementsp. 425
Average electronegativities from the thermochemical datap. 426
Standard atomic weightsp. 427
Principal organic functional groupsp. 429
Compounds containing functional groupsp. 430
Physical properties of some organic solventsp. 431