Building Blocks of Matter: A Supplement to the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 002865921X
  • ISBN-13: 9780028659213
  • DDC: 539.72
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade +
  • 530 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2003 | Published/Released October 2003
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2003

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This supplement to the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics presents the most recent data on particle physics, a field that has seen many important breakthroughs since the publication of the parent set in 1996. The work reviews all observed and theoretical particles known to date, retracing the history of each particle's discovery and function, and covers current research; practical applications both hypothetical and actual; and provides biographical entries on scientists who made significant contributions to the field. Case studies and experiments round out the broad range of topics covered.

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    ISBN-10: 0028657039 | ISBN-13: 9780028657035


"This one-volume supplement to the four-volume Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics covers topics in particle physics —including laboratories and facilities for student in elementary particle physics, biographies of prominent physicists, historical articles, experiments and case studies, and physical concepts, processes, and procedures. Each signed entry runs one to five pages and includes a bibliography, reference, and photos and black-and-white illustrations; the writing is appropriate for advanced high school and college age students. ... Also appropriate for undergraduate or research university libraries." -- Library Journal (October 2003)

— Library Journal

"Twentieth-century and twenty-first-century elementary particle physics is full of quarks, leptons, antimatter, and dark energy. How is a reader supposed to understand physics when much of what he or she may, or may not, remember from high-school physics is no longer current? This alphabetically arranged guide is intended for a broad audience, including advanced high-school and college students as well as general readers. An international team of physicists contributed 153 entries, each with a bibliography of recommended books, journals, and Web sites. See also references appear at the end of each article. Also included are a reader�s guide presenting a topical arrangement of entries, a time line, a glossary, and a list of common abbreviations and acronyms. Case studies of experiments such as the measurement of the muon, profiles of important laboratories such as Fermilab, and biographies of physicists such as Paul Dirac are among the entries, which are illustrated with tables, photograph, and schematics. Building Blocks of Matter is a supplement to the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics (1996). As such, it will help students understand the physics of elementary particles, that is, particles that can not be broken down. Because of its focus, it is more specialized than a physics dictionary. Recommended for science reference collections in academic and public libraries, especially those that own the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics." -- Booklist (December 2003)

— Booklist

"...unlike many encyclopedia supplements, it is on a specific field of study and not just an update. As a result it is a very complete and useful book in its own right...the book can stand on its own content without its parent encyclopedia...useful for all students. This work should be purchased by any library that has the full stands by itself very well. It can be recommended for public libraries, and particularly for academic libraries."--ARBA (2004)