Review by Choice Review
As study of the physical universe expands to include developing research in neutrinos, solar system bodies, and atmospheric changes, single-volume physics dictionaries are no longer adequate for current academic reference work. One of three volumes in the unique "Comprehensive Dictionary of Physics" series, this work meets the urgent need for updated, scholarly, yet succinct definitions of expanding physics terminology. Like its companions in the series, this work draws on the expertise of some 50 international scholars. Besides including entries not usually found in standard physics dictionaries, this source distinguishes itself from other single-volume publications (e.g., M.P. Lord's Macmillan Dictionary of Physics, 1986, and John Daintith and John O.E. Clark's The Facts on File Dictionary of Physics, 3rd ed., CH, Apr'00) by frequently including examples as part of its definitions along with suggestions for their application. Line drawings, graphs, and charts are used sparingly yet effectively to highlight the more than 500 entries. Only slightly distracting are nonstandard uses of see references to direct users to related terms. Highly recommended for reference departments serving all levels of post-secondary study. J. Duffy Ohio State University
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