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The American Heritage Science Dictionary

by Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries


The American Heritage Science Dictionary covers all major fields of science.
Over 8,500 entries are written in clear language and are enhanced by 350 illustrations, 175 feature notes, and 320 biographies. New to this updated edition is the most recent element, roentgenium, as well as a revised table of the elements. Recent innovations in science are covered, such as nutrigenomics—the study of how the genome and diet interact to influence human and animal health and disease. This is the perfect reference for people looking to improve their science literacy or understand today’s science news.

ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780547470924
ISBN-10: 0547470924
Pages: 704
Publication Date: 07/27/2011
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The American Heritage® Science Dictionary defines the vocabulary of the sciences in language general readers will understand and enjoy. With 8,500 entries, it covers all the major fields of science, from the fundamental disciplines of chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics to the applied realms of medicine, earth science, technology, and anthropology.

Each entry has a clear, concise definition that gets to the meaning and importance of each term. There are 175 notes on key scientific concepts, such as relativity, genomic sequencing, nanotechnology, and plate tectonics, as well as 320 biographies of notable scientists from ancients such as Aristotle and Archimedes to modern greats like Rosalyn Yalow and Leo Szilard. Illustrations accompany more than 350 entries.

Fully updated for 2011, the dictionary covers the latest scientific discoveries and developments. There is information on the newest named element, copernicium, and the discovery of element 117. Entries encompass the latest finds in anthropology, including information on Homo floresiensis, as well as newsworthy items such as the suspected carcinogen bisphenol A.

This is the perfect resource for people looking to improve their science literacy or understand the scientific breakthroughs reported in the news.

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The Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries are a team of professional lexicographers with advanced degrees in various scholarly fields. The editors familiarize themselves with the vocabulary in specific subject areas, collect materials on new developments and usage, and work with expert consultants to ensure that the content of our publications is as accurate and as up-to-date as possible. Read More


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