The Cambridge Dictionary of Scientists

The Cambridge Dictionary of Scientists

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By (author) David Millar, By (author) Margaret Millar, By (author) Ian Millar, By (author) John Millar

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Hardback | 444 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 234mm x 32mm | 830g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 052180602X
  • ISBN 13: 9780521806022
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 186 b/w illus. 2 maps 3 tables

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The Cambridge Dictionary of Scientists is an invaluable one-stop reference book for anyone wanting a brief and accurate account of the life and work of those who created science from its very beginnings to the present day. This alphabetically organized, illustrated biographical dictionary has been thoroughly revised and updated, covering over 1,500 key scientists (157 more than in the previous edition) from 40 countries. Fields represented include physics, chemistry, biology, geology, astronomy, mathematics, medicine, meteorology and technology, with special attention paid to pioneer women whose achievements and example opened the way to scientific careers for others. As well as Nobel Prizewinners, this second edition includes winners of the Fields Medal, the mathematician's equivalent of the Nobel Prize. Illustrated with around 150 portraits, diagrams, maps and tables, and with special panel features, this book is a clear and accessible guide to the world's prominent scientific personalities.

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'This is a superb collection of admirably concise scientific biographies; I wish I had owned a copy when I started presenting television programmes on the history of science.' Adam Hart-Davis 'The authors have undertaken a mammoth task to collate all this information in a desk-sized, neat dictionary. ... The dictionary could function as a reference for science and hisstory alike.' Journal of Biological Education 'Here is a treasure house of information, useful and incidental, with portraits and illustrations ... The four members of the Millar family, with their expertise in different areas have done a splendid job of giving brief biographies, chosen the most important scientists, both ancient and living, and made clear and simple explanations of many scientific principles.' Chromatographia

Table of contents

List of panels; About the authors; Preface to the second edition; Preface to the first edition; Symbols and conventions; A-Z Dictionary; Chronology; Nobel prizewinners in science; Winners of the Fields Medal for Mathematics; Index.