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Publisher Comments:

When The New Encyclopedia of Science appeared in 1995, it answered a pressing need for an easy-to-understand and up-to-date introduction to the world of science. In the years since the first edition, an astonishing number of major scientific breakthroughs have occurred, from the mapping of the human genome to important new work on global warming, string theory, Artificial Intelligence, the use of computers in medicine, the Internet, and much more. Now, in this newly revised and expanded second edition, The New Encyclopedia of Science is more current, more comprehensive, and more essential than ever before.

Updates to the new edition include:

- The addition of plant life to the volume on animal life for full biological coverage

- Changes in DNA sequencing technology and revolutionary molecular dating of the whole history of evolution

- Emerging public health crises such as mad cow disease and anthrax

- A new theory about how oceans affect climate

- The hunt for extra solar planets and new information about supernova

- The discovery of new super heavy elements

- Additions to glossaries and timelines of scientific advances since 1994

-The addition of a 9th volume containing a set index and tabular reference information, plus listings of major scientific institutions worldwide and places of scientific interest to visit

Each lavishly illustrated volume has a well-defined structure to put a wealth of factual knowledge at the reader's fingertips. The Subject Guide is a 10-page introduction high- lighted by a Knowledge Map pictorially locating the subject within the context of the entire world of science. An expansive Time Chart displays key discoveries and dates, and the Key Words section provides an in-depth, cross referenced glossary of important terms and concepts. The Major Topics File is the heart of the book, consisting of about 100 pages of superbly illustrated essays. A beautiful two-page color graphic introduces each chapter, designed to both capture interest and demonstrate an essential point. Lastly, a Fact File at the end of each volume provides a glossary, along with many helpful key-word-related charts, graphs, and tables.

Book News Annotation:

Designed for middle and high school students, this encyclopedia contains a wealth of information, attractively presented with color diagrams, drawings, and photos. The first eight volumes are devoted to the subject areas of matter and energy, animals and plants, chemistry, stars and atoms, earth and other planets, ecology and environment, computing, and evolution and genetics. New to this edition is a ninth volume, which contains a cumulative index, bibliography, information on units of measurement and fundamental physical constants, a list of scientific institutions worldwide, and a list of science museums in the US and Canada. The volumes are clearly organized into sections that include timecharts, keywords and their definitions, a fact file, index, and the entries themselves. The second edition contains updated information on topics that include recent public health crises, new DNA sequencing technology, the impact of the oceans on climate, supernovas, new computer technology, and new superheavy elements. Nobel prizewinners and essential tables and concepts are included in the fact file of each volume. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

John O. E. Clark, editorial consultant for The New Encyclopedia of Science, is a science writer, publisher, and editor who specializes in presenting scientific content to a non-specialist audience. He has contributed to or edited more than 80 encyclopedias and dictionaries over the last 35 years. He heads the team of distinguished scholars who have authored individual volumes in the set.

Table of Contents


Vol.1 -Matter and Energy

Vol.2 -Animals and Plants

Vol.3 -Chemistry in Action

Vol.4 -Stars and Atoms

Vol.5 -Earth and Other Planets

Vol.6 -Ecology and Environment

Vol.7 -Computing

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Allaby, Michael
Clark, Stuart
Allaby, Michael
Clark, Stuart
Clark, John O. E.
Clark, John O. E.
null, Jill
Clark, Stuart
null, John O. E.
Allaby, Michael
null, Stuart
Bailey, Jill
null, Michael
Clark, John O. E.
Oxford University Press, USA
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