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A Dictionary of Physics (Oxford Paperback Reference) [Paperback]

John Daintith
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26 Feb 2009 0199233993 978-0199233991 6
This is the most popular dictionary of physics available. It contains over 3,800 entries covering all commonly encountered physics terms and concepts, as well as terms from the related fields of astronomy, astrophysics, and physical chemistry. With 200 new entries and expanded coverage in areas including applied physics, statistical distributions, polymers, and nanoscience, A Dictionary of Physics is more comprehensive than ever before.

The dictionary is generously illustrated with over 120 diagrams, graphs, and tables and it also contains biographies of important scientists. Feature entries provide in-depth analysis of key topics such as crystal defects, magnetic resonance imaging, and the solar system. Three feature entries on low-temperature physics, nanophysics, and quantum entanglement are brand new to this edition. Also new to this edition are entry-level web links and a web linked appendix. These recommended web links are accessible and kept up to date via the Dictionary of Physics companion web page and provide useful and relevant extra information. Appendices include SI units, the solar system, and the electromagnetic spectrum, plus a list of Nobel Prize winners and a chronology of key dates in physics.

This fully revised and updated A-Z is an ideal introduction to the subject for anyone with an interest in physics, and it remains an indispensable reference work for students of physics and physics-related subjects (either at school or at university), and professionals.

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 6 edition (26 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199233993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199233991
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 12.9 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John Daintith is an editor at Market House Books.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Short & Quick 14 May 2010
By Spike
Format:Paperback
A MUST companion if you are studying Physics, but still a worthy buy regardless.

I often find I don't want to trail through a specialised textbook just to refresh on a few definitions, but this book is pretty comprehensive. There have only been a few cases when I could find what I was looking for (hence 4 stars).

The descriptions are short and precise to the point. I wouldn't use this as a study guide, but it is crucial to my end-of-year revision!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must for anyone serious about physics 23 Oct 2012
By Gen
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This dictionary is great, even better than I expected. The descriptions given for words/ theories/ processes is much more extensive than I expected. There is even nearly a page describing some things! Great for when you just want to double check something or check words or phrases that you're unsure about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book on Physics 25 April 2012
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Just started to learn Physics, this is an excellent book which defines all the words you would need within physics. very handy for studying as instead of trapsing through your study book you can quickly look something up here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wikipedia in a book 14 Jan 2013
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Super addition to my library, and I always carry it with me at Univ. or at the library. A small update/addition of a couple of things would be great-but even without them definitely does it job!
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely 5 July 2013
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very well packaged, no signs or marks within the pages, a hard cover would be more fascinating, but unfortunately is too expensive
anyway, pretty interesting
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