The American Heritage® Science Dictionary, with 8,500 clearly written and up-to-date entries, provides quick and easy access to the vocabulary of science with key features that enhance the book's explanatory power.
Wide Coverage of all fields of science
astronomy - biology - botany - chemistry - computer science - cosmology - earth science - ecology - genetics - geology - immunology - mathematics - medicine - meteorology - oceanography - physics - physiology - taxonomy - zoology
The all-new American Heritage® Science Dictionary defines the working vocabulary of modern science in language that non-specialists can readily understand. All the major fields of science are covered, from the fundamental disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics to the applied realms of medicine, earth science, high technology, and anthropology.
Every entry begins with a clearly worded definition that encapsulates the term's central meaning. Many entries include additional information necessary for the comprehension of underlying or related ideas. Important scientific concepts, such as relativity, genomic sequencing, and plate tectonics, are further explained in detailed notes that follow their associated entries.
The Dictionary also includes a variety of biographical entries describing the achievements of notable scientists, from ancient figures like Archimedes and Aristotle to modern scientists like Rosalyn Yalow and Roger Sperry. In addition, hundreds of photographs and precisely rendered drawings enhance the understanding of scientific meaning.
With numerous cross-reference linking related entries and a series of handy tables and charts that facilitate the understanding of key concepts and principles, The American Heritage® Science Dictionary is the perfect resource for people looking to improve their science literacy, complete homework assignments, or understand the latest scientific breakthroughs reported in the news.