Bynum, W. F. et al. Dictionary of the History of Science. Princeton, NJ: :Princeton University Press, 1981.
509 B994 D554 1981; Also Lilly and Med Center
"We have planned this Dictionary in the hope of explaining - to lay people as well as the scientifically trained - core features of Western science within the context of its development. We have organized it thematically around the key ideas of science."
Biography is not emphasized. Large fields such as evolution, light and nature, are represented at some length, with sub-areas of these fields such as neo-Darwinism represented by shorter entries. "See" and "see also" references are supplied, as are short bibliographies for some entries. Included are a separate general bibliography, a helpful introduction, a note on how to use the dictionary, a list of contributors, an analytical table of contents, a list of abbreviations, a 43-page biographical index and the 700 dictionary entries.
The library has no specialized encyclopedia for the history of science. The dictionary above is helpful, as is:
McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. 20 vols. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002. Ref. 503 M147 2002
More extensive information is available in general encyclopedias, especially:
The New Encyclopedia Britannica.15th ed. Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2002. Ref. 031 N532 2002 v. 27
(look under Science)
In addition, an excellent source of historical information on ideas which several disciplines may share is actually an encyclopedia, although its title indicates otherwise:Wiener, P. P. (ed.). Dictionary of the History of Ideas. 5 vols. New York: Scribner , 1973-74. Ref. q901.9 D554;
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