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July 26, 1958

Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia: Aeronautics, Astronomy, Botany, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Geology, Guided Missiles, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Metallurgy, Meteorology, Mineralogy, Navigation, Nuclear Science & Engineering, Photography, Physics, Radio & Television, Statistics, Zoology

JAMA. 1958;167(13):1689. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990300115027

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This one-volume encyclopedia is a collection of terms that are fundamentally of interest to scientists. It is the work of 36 contributors, including men from educational institutions, research centers, and industry. About 15,000 terms are defined and explained, and some broad aspects are developed at length. Each term which might be used in the explanation of a second term is set in bold face type in the body of the article. This permits a reader to obtain supplementary information on a topic and, at the same time, the economical use of the limited space demanded by a book of this nature. The volume also contains numerous illustrations, diagrams, and charts which aid in condensing some of the material, but some of the reproductions leave much to be desired as far as clarity is concerned. Usually, the terms are first defined briefly and simply and then, if necessary, more detailed and

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