Dictionary of scientific principles.
Marvin, Stephen.

This is quite an unusual reference. Marvin (reference coordinator, West Chester U., Pennsylvania) has worked, taught, and consulted as a librarian in Latin America and China. He undertook this collection clearly as a labor of love, striving to assemble "all known rules or laws commonly called principles"--offering definitions and applications. Approximately 2,000 principles--from math, medicine, and the sciences, as well as psychology, management, philosophy, and art--are arranged alphabetically, with cross references when there are multiple names. Entries range in length from a few sentences to several paragraphs. They are referenced to their sources in footnotes for those seeking further information. Internet searching of course might serve students trying to find information about particular principles, but this collection offers the benefits of concision and the convenience of a bound volume with a consistent approach. (2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR)


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