Review by Choice Review
Instead of being simply a derivative of his excellent Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (CH, Jun'03), Henderson's A to Z focuses on the human side of the discipline. Consisting of 121 biographical sketches, a third of which appeared in abbreviated form in the encyclopedia, A to Z profiles visionaries who have shaped the information age since the 19th century. Entries, arranged alphabetically, include not only basic personal information and academic credentials, but also detailed descriptions of the scientists' work, how their accomplishments impacted the discipline, and some of the more significant events in their lives. Entries are written with enough clarity and simplicity to appeal to general audiences. The additional readings that end each profile give excellent pointers for more detailed information, and the work includes an excellent index, a good glossary, and a chronology. Libraries that support computer science programs will find the encyclopedia more useful, but A to Z is worth adding to libraries wanting to enhance their resources on the history of science. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Science or engineering libraries. K. L. Carriveau Jr. Baylor University
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Review by Booklist Review
Facts On File has issued another in the Notable Scientists series. The purpose of the series is to provide students at the high-school through early college level with relevant information on great scientists in history as well as lesser-known ones, especially in the disciplines not usually covered in the more well known biographical reference sources. Although other aspects of each scientist's life are covered, the emphasis is on the work and contributions to the discipline and to society. Coveragein the computer science volume ranges from Charles Babbage, who in 1836 conceived of the first computer, to Shawn Fanning, the Napster entrepreneur who created a method for computer users to grow their music libraries by swapping MP3 files over the Internet. The alphabetically arranged entries profile more than 150 computer scientists who blazed the trail for the pervasiveness of computer technology in our lives. Each entry begins with a heading that lists field of occupation, birth and death dates, and nationality and ends with a list of further readings. Essays range in length from 900 to 1,750 words, and many are accompanied by a black-and-white photograph. A very valuable feature is the index, which lists topics, computer languages, research centers, computer companies, and other points of access to the entries. Also useful are a time line, a glossary, and a list of entries organized by field of activity, such as engineering, mathematics, and programming. Like other titles in the series, this one is recommended for high-school, public, and undergraduate libraries. In high schools, the series would be a useful career as well as biographical reference. -- RBB Copyright 2004 Booklist
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