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"Unique.... Invites a reader for an interesting journey.... An authoritative source of information.... A high quality encyclopedia that is informative, engaging, and enjoyable.... It will be useful for the academic and the general reader. This volume is highly recommended for schools, college, and public libraries as well as family collections."-"American Reference Books Annual, 2003 "An ambitious, readable, handsomely illustrated compendium...the illustrations...are well chosen and sharply detailed...this title makes an attractive alternative, especially for smaller collections, to the pricier multi-volume science encyclopedias."-"School Library Journal, starred review, February 2002 "The book is not only a useful reference, but also a compelling read. Hundreds of illustrations aid readers in grasping concepts, and cross references make topics easy to handle."-"SCIENCE NEWS, January 26, 2002 "An ambitious, readable, handsomely illustrated compendium."-"School Library Journal (starred review), February 2002 "Prolific science writer Trefil is a committed advocate for scientific literacy as evidenced by the works he has coedited as well as this one-volume encyclopedia...accessible to the general reader...a true pleasure to browse and to read; highly recommended for all libraries."-"Library Journal, December 2001

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General Editor, James S. Trefil, a noted physicist and author, is a professor of physics at George Mason University and an expert in explaining science to nonscientists. A regular contributor to Smithsonian magazine, he is co-author of The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy (1988) and 101 Things You Don't Know About Science and No One Else Does Either (1997).

Consulting Editor and Biophysicist Harold Morowitz is a professor of biology at George Mason University who has published widely on popular topics in science. His books include The Thermodynamics of Pizza (1991), Entropy and the Magic Flute (1993), and The Kindly Dr. Guillotin (1998).

Consulting Editor Paul Ceruzzi is Curator of Aerospace Electronics and Computing at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. He is the author of two books on computing, including The History of Modern Computing and has served as a consultant for two BBC television series on computing and science.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Excellent in every way; the best of its class 4 Dec. 2002
By Jeff Nailen - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The best science & technology encyclopedia of its class (affordable desktop size of less than 1000 pages). Articles are lengthy and meaty. Well indexed and well illustrated; excellent cross-indexing indicating pre- and post- requisite articles. Content of articles is very up to date and just right regarding level of sophistication for the intelligent lay public: not watered down yet not too difficult. Articles are interesting and thought provoking, taking the reader beyond mere comprehension of empirical scientific facts toward deeper understanding and meaning.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
questionable content 10 Jun. 2008
By Aero engineer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Overall, the book looks very nice; however, Trefil has made several major errors in his articles dealing with aerodynamics and aircraft (most notably the theory he presented of how a wing creates lift), which leaves me wondering how many other errors are present in the book. Over-simplification of certain concepts is sometimes more intellectually damaging than not explaining the concept at all.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Encyclopedia of Science and Technology by James Trefil 20 Nov. 2003
By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This work is an important scientific achievement written in
simple English. Terms and concepts pertaining to classical
biology, evolution, molecular biology, modern physics and
even Astronomy are presented simply. For instance, lipids
are depicted as efficient repositories of energy. The DNA and
RNA are explained for the layperson. Theories of the universe
are set forth. For instance, some believe that the universe
(although expanding) is fundamentally flat. This work would
be a perfect reference guide for science students. It is well
worth the price of admission.
Outstanding 22 Nov. 2013
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Outstanding for adolescents understanding of science. Very clear graphics to illustrate concepts and hold interest while imparting knowledge of basic and advanced technology.
informational 30 Nov. 2013
By Ruth Kesler - Published on
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great for a home library, I keep this for help with jr high and high school homework questions. We have internet, but it's great to have a hands on book to use.
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