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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms (McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms) Hardcover – 1 Nov 2002

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  • Hardcover: 2380 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 6 edition (1 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007042313X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070423138
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 7 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 759,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Excerpts from review by Svetlana Korolev

This large tome is the latest edition of the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms that has evolved over the past 30 years. The 1st edition was intended for the communities of scientists, engineers, and researchers. This 6th edition supports nonscientists as well. It covers the language of science to include words that have permeated our culture in our endeavor to answer questions about the environment and the world.

Each of the 110,000 terms has a pronunciation guide and the 125,000 definitions include synonyms, acronyms, and abbreviations. The chosen pronunciation scheme is thoroughly explained in the preface, showing why all American dialects are not represented. Each entry falls into one of 104 listed fields, the abbreviation of which is included immediately after the item name. The scope of each field is defined, giving the reader needed context and explanation of the publisher's placement of included terms.

This edition also features 3,000 black-and-white illustrations located on the outside margin of the appropriate term. There is a "How to Use this Dictionary" page, as well as a 35-page table of elements, and biographical listings, plus 12 more sections of scientific information.

...This dictionary is an excellent reference tool for most libraries. It is especially recommended for academic and large public libraries. (American Reference Books Annual 2004-03-16)

The sixth edition expands by about five percent to include new terms and technologies ("genomics," "nanotechnology") and revisions of definitions for older terms. Entries are generally brief but informative, cross-referenced, and include pronunciation. Each entry is identified by field ("climatology," "ecology"). Many entries include multiple definitions for various fields; "inversion," for example, includes definitions from 14 fields. Many illustrations accompany the text, and appendixes provide systems of units and conversion tables, classification of organisms, chemical nomenclature, mathematical notation and constants, and a geological time scale. Biographical sketches of 1,600 noted scientists give dates of birth and death, field(s) of expertise, and notable accomplishments. A standard reference work.

Summing Up: Recommended. All libraries. -- T. McKimmie, New Mexico State University

(Choice 2003-03-05)

McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 6th Ed., 2002, 2,380 pages, appendix, illustrated, $150.00, ISBN: 0-07-042313-X It has been 30 years since the first edition of this encyclopedia was published. Over this span of time, the terminology in science and technology has expanded at a rapid rate, resulting in the addition of some 5,000 new terms in each edition. The sixth edition continues that expansion and now has some 110,000 terms and 125,000 definitions, accompanied by 3,000 black-and-white illustrations. The format continues as in the past, with letter-by-letter alphabetization. Synonyms, acronyms, and abbreviations are given within the definition. Pronunciation of each and every term continues to set this dictionary apart from other science and technology dictionaries. It is a large, heavy volume that lies flat when opened. It may be time for the publisher to consider a two-volume work for ease of handling by the patron. Each entry is classed into one or more of 104 fields, from "Acoustics" to "Zoology," for which abbreviations are inserted in the definitions. These fields have been revised to reflect modern usage with some new ones added, including "Forensic Science" and "Neuroscience." A detailed scope note for each field is included near the front of the dictionary. The 3,000 illustrations are in the outside margin of each page near the appropriate term and are crisp and clear. One change that would be useful in future editions is referring the reader to the appendix when appropriate. Periodic table is defined in the main part of the dictionary but there is no reference to the periodic table in the appendix, which would be missed if one did not browse through the back matter. Among other items in the appendix are information on measurements systems, mathematical signs and symbols, and very brief biographies of Nobel laureates and individuals after whom scientific terms are named. This continues to be the most comprehensive science and technology dictionary for the student, researcher, and layperson. It is recommended for most libraries. (Booklist 2003-02-07)

Keeping up with scientific terminology and technological vocabulary, this dictionary has over 105,000 terms, more than 122, 600 definitions, and 3000 plus illustrations. This 2432-page book is an ideal reference for those in the scientific community, the general public, and high school and college students. (Poptronics 2002-11-01)

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By Anon270 on 9 Sept. 2009
Comprehensive! I brought this for my first year at university and although it doesn't get a lot of use due to online dictionary's it was still useful as it gives the scientific point of view. Looking back on the year i would still have brought it but it is very expensive.
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars 8 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent aid, dated format 3 April 2014
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I acquired this book in 2003 for the publishing company MAIK Nauka/Interperiodica (www.maik.ru), because our previous edition had been thumbed to tatters. This dictionary is still indispensable, but even back then, it should have come with a version on CD ROM. The thickness of the volume, its large dimensions, and extremely thin pages all but guarantee that it won't fare well under near constant use. From the description of the 7th edition, there will also be no CD ROM. Wikipedia outstrips it in terms of access, content, and links to background and supporting material.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for the science writer 3 Jan. 2007
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The dictionary that's used by many patent attorneys, and should be used by every science writer/editor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FAMOUS FOR ITS BROAD-SPECTRUM COVERAGE 31 Dec. 2002
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The "McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms" is famous for its broad-spectrum coverage. Its soul is general science; and its audience is anybody who has any business with any science: biological, chemical, or physical. Whether you are a student, a teacher, or even a consultant, this unabridged lexicon lets you discover scientific terms, methods and applications in a very simple way. It is overflowing with references and definitions.
And, for the mobile professional, who may find it heavy to lug around, it is available on CD-ROM. The prices of both the text and its CD version are not out-of-reach. Either of the two is dependable.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms 16 Nov. 2002
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The dictionary, as I expected, is excellent. I can easily and directly grasp the clear concept of meanings without imaging in my mother tongue, Japanese. Each explanation with the technical field is very concise and accurate. I believe that the dictionary helps me to perfectly understand the target words, during translating from English to Japanese, equivalent to that of an educated English speaker. Then, this will automatically make my task much easier. Hopefully, I also will be able to obtain CD-ROM, which can be installed in my computer, Windows ME/MS-Word, for accelerating my job.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms 6th 16 Nov. 2002
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The dictionary, as I expected, is excellent. I can easily and directly grasp the clear concept of meanings without imaging in my mother tongue, Japanese. Each explanation with the technical field is very concise and accurate. I believe that the dictionary helps me to perfectly understand the target words, for translating from English to Japanese, equivalent to those of an educated English speaker. Then, this will automatically make my task much easier.
Hopefully, I will also be able to obtain CD-ROM, which can be installed in my computer, Windows ME/MS-Word, for accelerating my job.
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