Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia

Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia

Online ISBN: 9780471743989

DOI: 10.1002/9780471743989

About this Book

The Definitive Scientific Reference -- from Astrochemistry to Zoology

Since 1938, the Van Nostrand’s Scientific Encyclopedia has enjoyed a reputation as one of the most important and comprehensive general scientific references available, suitable for both academic and professional environments. This outstanding reference remains the definitive scientific resource with topics ranging across all scientific disciplines including animal science, anatomy, astronomy, atmospheric science, chemistry, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, earth science, energy sources, information science, life science, materials, mathematics, mechanical engineering, medicine, mining, physics, physiology, planetary science, plant science, power technology, space science, structural engineering, and a host of other subjects. It an important addition to public, university, community colleges, high school, personal, and corporate libraries alike.

  • COMPREHENSIVE: Addresses every scientific discipline, from anatomy to computer science to physics and more
  • AUTHORITATIVE: Extensively revised for this new edition, with numerous new articles bringing the Encyclopedia up-to-date on the latest developments in every discipline
  • ACCESSIBLE: The ideal reference for scientists, consultants, teachers, libraries and students at all levels


• Covers all scientific disciplines as well as many areas of engineering and technology

• Contains more than 10,000 entries (including nearly 2000 completely new articles) contributed by industry experts and scholars worldwide

• Extensive revision and updating of existing material, with new or completely rewritten articles in emerging technologies such as genetics, global warming, communications, informatics, nanotechnology, and more.

• Provides over 12,000 cross-references for convenient retrieval of information

• Features more than 4,400 diagrams, graphs, and photographs

• Includes biographies of the numerous scientists whose work is documented in the text


“Van Nostrand’s is essential…” CHOICE “...still one of the best concise encyclopedias for the sciences.” LIBRARY JOURNAL REVIEWS

“ is an amazing accomplishment...not only does it cover an enormous range of does so thoroughly and descriptively ...almost lyrical in its coverage...” JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY

“...continues its tradition of excellence maintained through six and a half decades” THE CHEMICAL EDUCATOR