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Encyclopedia of physics
Lerner, Rita G.
Publication Information:
Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley Pub. Co., Advanced Book Program, [1981]

Physical Description:
xvi, 1157 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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Library Journal Review

Editors Trigg (Crucial Experiments in Modern Physics) and the late Lerner (Development of Multi-Coordinate Vocabulary: Plasma Physics) return as coeditors of this encyclopedia, which has been extensively expanded. More than 500 entries have been added or updated by just as many experts and cover the terminology and techniques of classical and modern physics. These A-to-Z entries range in length from one to five pages and contain bibliographies, references, and cross references to guide the reader to more detailed information. Volume 1 includes entries on alloys, crystal defects, error analysis, and laser cooling; Volume 2 covers such topics as masers, polymers, thin films, and whiskers. Compared with other multivolume works like Wiley's 23-volume Encyclopedia of Applied Physics (2004), also edited by Trigg, and Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics (1996), this clearly written yet concise set offers an excellent starting point for researchers unfamiliar with a topic. While the four-volume Macmillan features more textual and descriptive information with fewer bibliographic references in entries, Trigg and Lerner's work contains more mathematical details and figures. The language in Macmillan is slightly more accessible to nonscientists, but the two titles would complement each other on the reference shelf, as there is a significant overlap of entries. Wiley's more extensive Encyclopedia of Applied Physics could supplement the other two titles in a large academic research library. Bottom Line The only potential disadvantage to owning this Wiley encyclopedia is that no online access is available. Still, it is strongly recommended for university and larger public library science reference collections.-Elizabeth Brown, Binghamton Univ. Science Lib., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The third edition of the Encyclopedia of Physics is a welcome revision of the previous edition, published in 1991. The two-volume format is a little easier to use and the inclusion of almost 3,000 pages (compared to the previous edition with fewer than 1,500 pages) implies an addition of significant material. The revision, however, is less extensive than it appears. Only 17 of the more than 500 articles are new. Some areas of physics have not changed; accordingly some articles are exactly the same, and others have had only their bibliographies updated. Other articles have been substantially revised. The list of over 600 contributors is impressive, and includes some Nobel laureates and many experts well known in their fields. The index and cross-references are helpful. The illustrations are adequate, although none are in color. This edition is likely to be well used, as was the case with previous editions. Smaller libraries or those on tight budgets may want to skip this edition if they have the previous one, and rely on other sources for the newest physics advances. Larger libraries will want to purchase it. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All levels. J. O. Christensen Brigham Young University

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Volume 1 Absorption Coefficient.Accelerators, Linear.Accelerators, Potential-Drop Linear
Acoustical Measurements.Acoustics.Acoustics, Architectural.Acoustics, Linear and Nonlinear
Acoustics, Physiological.Acoustoelectric Effect.Adsorption
Aerosols.Allotropy and Polymorphism.Alloys
Alpha Decay.Amp`ere's Law.Anelasticity
Angular Correlation of Nuclear Radiation.Antimatter.Arcs and Sparks
Astronomy, High-Energy Neutrino.Astronomy, Optical.Astronomy, Radio
Astronomy, X-Ray.Astrophysics.Atmospheric Physics
Atomic Spectroscopy.Atomic Structure Calculations, Electronic Correlation
Atomic Structure Calculations, One-Electron Models.Atomic Structure Calculations, Relativistic Atoms
Atomic Trapping and Cooling.Atoms.Auger Effect.Aurora.Balmer Formula.Baryons
Beams, Atomic and Molecular.Beta Decay.Betatron.Bethe-Salpeter Equation
Binding Energy.Biophysics.Black Holes.Blackbody Radiation.Bohr Theory of Atomic Structure
Bose-Einstein Condensation.Bose-Einstein Statistics.Boundary Layers
Bremsstrahlung.Brillouin Scattering.Brownian Motion.Calorimetry.Capillary Flow
Carnot Cycle.Casimir Effect.Catalysis.Catastrophe Theory.Cellular Automata
Center-of-Mass System.Ceramics.Čerenkov Radiation.Channeling.Chaos
Charge-Density Waves.Charged-Particle Optics.Charged-Particle Spectroscopy
Chemical Bonding.Chemiluminescence.Circuits, Integrated.Clocks, Atomic and Molecular
Cloud and Bubble Chambers.Cold Atoms and Molecules.Collisions, Atomic and Molecular
Color Centers.Combustion and Flames.Complementarity.Complex Systems.Compton Effect
Conduction.Conservation Laws.Constants, Fundamental.Coriolis Acceleration.Corona Discharge
Cosmic Rays, Astrophysical Effects.Cosmic Rays, Solar System Effects.Cosmic Strings.Cosmology
Counting Tubes.CPT Theorem.Critical Points.Cryogenics.Crystal and Ligand Fields.Crystal Binding
Crystal Defects.Crystal Growth.Crystal Symmetry.Crystallography, X-Ray.Currents in Particle Theory.Cyclotron
Cyclotron Resonance.Deformation of Crystalline Haas-van Alphen Effect.Demineralization
Diamagnetism and Superconductivity.Dielectric Properties.Diffraction.Diffusion.Dispersion Theory.Doppler Effect
Dynamic Critical Phenomena.Dynamics, Analytical.Eigenfunctions.Elasticity.Electric Charge.Electric Moments
Electrochemical Conversion and Storage.Electrochemistry.Electrodynamics, Classical.Electroluminescence
Electromagnetic Interaction.Electromagnetic Radiation.Electromagnets.Electron.Electron and Ion Beams, Intense
Electron and Ion Impact Phenomena