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Encyclopedia of Chemistry
  • Format
  • Authored by: Don Rittner and Ronald A. Bailey, Ph.D.
  • From the Series: Science Encyclopedia
  • Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 11
  • ISBN-10: 0816048940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-4894-6
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $85.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 06/01/2005
  • Dewey Number: 540
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 352


With a structure that reflects the way chemistry is studied, the comprehensive Encyclopedia of Chemistry is the definitive reference to this vast subject area. Hundreds of chemistry-related entries, more than 150 photographs and illustrations, nine thought-provoking essays, leading discoveries, and biographies of notable chemists throughout history provide high school and early college students with the most complete information available. Addressing a subject whose understanding is crucial to all mature science students, Encyclopedia of Chemistry presents an engaging, interactive approach to learning.

Additional material directs students to further pursue their studies, including links to informative websites and summaries of chemistry-related resources. A special section listing all Nobel Prize winners in chemistry, a bibliography, and a references-cited section complete this informative encyclopedia. Students and professionals alike will benefit from the extensive coverage and easy-to-use format of this resource.

Entries include:

  • Atomic mass unit (amu)
  • Binary fission
  • Boyle's law
  • Cheletropic reaction
  • Enzyme induction
  • Fahrenheit, Daniel Gabriel
  • G-factor
  • Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle
  • Krebs’ cycle
  • Nuclear binding energy
  • Photosynthesis
  • Polymerase chain reaction
  • Radiocarbon dating
  • Suicide inhibition
  • Thermonuclear energy.


Black-and-white photographs and line illustrations. Index. Appendixes. Bibliography. Web sites. Further resources.

About the Author(s)

Don Rittner has been a science writer and author for more than 30 years, writing scientific and magazine articles and books about science for the general public. He is an award-winning professional science writer who is also a teacher and director of an alternative education center that specializes in bringing complex science issues to the general public.

Ronald A. Bailey, Ph.D., has been Assistant/Associate Chair in the Department of Chemistry at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute since 1991, a year after receiving his Ph.D. from McGill University in Montreal. He has published approximately 50 scientific articles in refereed journals and is the co-author of books on molten salt chemistry, environmental chemistry, and chemistry laboratory techniques. His specialty is coordination chemistry of transition metal elements, and molten salt chemistry.

Reviews and Awards

"...a good encyclopedia for high-school and public libraries."

"[This] comprehensive [resource] cover[s] important discoveries and definitions of basic terms and concepts, and offer[s] short biographies of leading scientists."
School Library Journal

"...[a] top pick for science library holdings...a fine reference to both terminology and basic concepts..."
Midwest Book Review

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