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100 Science Words Every College Graduate Should Know
by the Editors of the American Heritage® Dictionaries

100 Science Words Every College Graduate Should Know


100 Science Words Every College Graduate Should Know

This book offers a fascinating selection of the vocabulary of science and technology for anyone who enjoys the thrill of discovery and appreciates the marvels of the universe. Covering everything from biology and ecology to physics and computer science, these words exemplify the vocabulary needed to understand the fundamental concepts of modern science and follow the latest advances reported in today's news.

Each word is defined in clear, understandable language, and supplementary notes highlight the fun facts and amazing discoveries that make learning about science so rewarding. Both new words and established terms are discussed, including absolute zero, game theory, histone, Kuiper belt, Munchausen syndrome, rain shadow, time dilation, and xerophyte. The vocabulary in 100 Science Words Every College Graduate Should Know will stimulate inquisitive minds to explore unknown terrain — and perhaps even challenge longstanding science buffs with new concepts.



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Kuiper belt (k'pr)

A disk-shaped region in the outer solar system lying beyond the orbit of Neptune and containing thousands of small, icy celestial bodies, believed to be a reservoir for short-period comets (comets that make one complete orbit of the sun in less than 200 years).

The bodies populating this region are known as Kuiper belt objects. There are an estimated 70,000 such objects having diameters of more than 100 km (62 mi). Pluto, which is traditionally classed with the planets, together with its moon Charon, is found in this region and is thought by some astronomers to be a large Kuiper belt object.

The Kuiper belt is named after American astronomer Gerard Kuiper (1905–1973), who first hypothesized its existence.