Encyclopedia of Physics (Facts on File Science Library)

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Physics is a challenging yet rewarding science for students in high school and college. A comprehensive one-volume encyclopedia of physics, Encyclopedia of Physics presents a broad overview of the field at a level and in a format suitable for students and general readers. Focused on pure physics - which deals with the most fundamental aspects of nature such as light, sound, movement, and force - its scope of coverage is wide and significant, including entries on concepts, terms, effects, laws, principles, theories, experiments, observations, people, institutions, organizations, issues, laboratories, and other subjects. discuss interdisciplinary subjects, such as applied physics, astrophysics, biophysics, chemical physics, geophysics, and medical physics. Biographical entries present personal profiles of important physicists, past and present, and list their accomplishments. Details about their achievements are presented in separate, cross-referenced entries. While the emphasis is on the present state of physics, the science's historical background and development are explained, as appropriate, to give perspective on current issues in physics. With more than 600 entries, 11 prose essays on particularly interesting topics in physics, and more than 180 black-and-white photographs and line illustrations, this is an ideal reference to this core area of science.

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About the Author:

Rosen holds a degree in physics from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. A professor for many years, he retired in 2000 and has since been a visiting professor in the Department of Physics at The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C.

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The value of a concise encyclopedia of physics is clear. Although sets like the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology (9th ed., 2002) are comprehensive and appropriate for many levels, they can be too large and expensive for smaller and less science-oriented collections. The present offering, written by the author of a variety of introductory and other texts about physics, looks to conciseness first and therefore sacrifices comprehensiveness.

The author is quite selective in terms of the topics covered. The more than 600 entries run from about 50 to 1,000 words and cover physical concepts, prominent physicists (modern and historical), and physics laboratories, societies, and organizations. The alphabetically arranged entries are supplemented with 11 topical essays that aim to shed some light on physics in a philosophical or practical way. These essays cover such topics as beauty, the nature of the relationship between physics and philosophy, and the desire among some physicists to find the unifying laws governing all physical concepts. The author has done a good job of presenting the material in language that will be accessible to the intended audience (high-school and college students as well as general readers). The text is supported by a good index, a decent bibliography, a chronological listing of all Nobel Laureates in physics through 2003, and a simplified periodic table of the elements. The entries are well written, accurate, and include equations where appropriate. Some 117 line diagrams illustrate concepts, and there are 71 black-and-white photos, most of them in the biographical entries.

Another one-volume resource, The Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics (1996), has 1,000 entries, although it is not as current and lacks biographical material. The Facts On File volume would add little to collections that already have a selection of more comprehensive titles but is appropriate for high-school, public, and undergraduate libraries where budget only allows for a volume that costs less than $100. Jeff Kosokoff
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Descrizione libro Facts on File Inc, United States, 2004. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Physics is a challenging yet rewarding science for students in high school and college. A comprehensive one-volume encyclopedia of physics, Encyclopedia of Physics presents a broad overview of the field at a level and in a format suitable for students and general readers. Focused on pure physics - which deals with the most fundamental aspects of nature such as light, sound, movement, and force - its scope of coverage is wide and significant, including entries on concepts, terms, effects, laws, principles, theories, experiments, observations, people, institutions, organizations, issues, laboratories, and other subjects. Complementing the coverage of pure physics topics, concise, general entries discuss interdisciplinary subjects, such as applied physics, astrophysics, biophysics, chemical physics, geophysics, and medical physics. Biographical entries present personal profiles of important physicists, past and present, and list their accomplishments. Details about their achievements are presented in separate, cross-referenced entries.While the emphasis is on the present state of physics, the science s historical background and development are explained, as appropriate, to give perspective on current issues in physics. With more than 600 entries, 11 prose essays on particularly interesting topics in physics, and more than 180 black-and-white photographs and line illustrations, this is an ideal reference to this core area of science. Codice libro della libreria FLT9780816049745

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Descrizione libro Facts On File Inc. Hardback. Condizione libro: new. BRAND NEW, Encyclopedia of Physics, Joe Rosen, Physics is a challenging yet rewarding science for students in high school and college. A comprehensive one-volume encyclopedia of physics, Encyclopedia of Physics presents a broad overview of the field at a level and in a format suitable for students and general readers. Focused on pure physics - which deals with the most fundamental aspects of nature such as light, sound, movement, and force - its scope of coverage is wide and significant, including entries on concepts, terms, effects, laws, principles, theories, experiments, observations, people, institutions, organizations, issues, laboratories, and other subjects. Complementing the coverage of pure physics topics, concise, general entries discuss interdisciplinary subjects, such as applied physics, astrophysics, biophysics, chemical physics, geophysics, and medical physics. Biographical entries present personal profiles of important physicists, past and present, and list their accomplishments. Details about their achievements are presented in separate, cross-referenced entries. While the emphasis is on the present state of physics, the science's historical background and development are explained, as appropriate, to give perspective on current issues in physics. With more than 600 entries, 11 prose essays on particularly interesting topics in physics, and more than 180 black-and-white photographs and line illustrations, this is an ideal reference to this core area of science. Codice libro della libreria B9780816049745

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