Encyclopedia of air /

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Author / Creator:Newton, David E.
Imprint:Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2003.
Description:252 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Subject:Atmosphere -- Encyclopedias.
Meteorology -- Encyclopedias.
Format: E-Resource Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/5053632
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ISBN:1573565644 (alk. paper)
Notes:"An Oryx book."
Includes bibliographical references (p. [239]-244) and index.
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Newton's serious work on an evanescent subject considers air from a wide variety of disciplines and perspectives. The author (recognized as an educator and writer of science and social science literature for school- and college-age students as well as for general readers) states in the introduction that air "is much too broad and varied to be covered in a single volume" and that his intention is merely to "provide a general introduction to many important themes related to air." The entries are clearly written and include occasional tables and black-and-white photographs. Entries discuss the science of air (biology, chemistry, meteorology, physics), its technology (air bag, airbrush, air conditioner), and even its social, mythological, and cultural aspects. Newton also includes biographical entries and descriptions of related organizations and associations. "Guide to Selected Topics" categorizes main entries for a quick view of the contents. Students seeking introductory information about a research topic will find the readings at the end of each entry a good stepping-stone. The volume concludes with a bibliography of the readings and a good index. Useful and entertaining. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Secondary and undergraduate readers. C. Hebblethwaite SUNY Oswego

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