Concise Encyclopedia Biology
From Library Journal
This encyclopedia is an English translation, with updates and revisions, of the German ABC Biologie (Brockhaus, 1986). The more than 7000 entries (along with 1200 figures, formulas, and tables) range from a few lines to several pages and cover all fields of biology: anatomy, biochemistry, botany, ecology, genetics, molecular biology, physiology, and zoology. The book is especially good on various groups of plants and animals, and although persons are not given individual entries, names appear in longer entries, especially in a good history of biology under "Biology." The many excellent line drawings add much to the explanations. Unfortunately, there is no index; entries and cross references occur in one alphabetical sequence, and either an index or more cross-referencing would have added tremendously to the volume’s utility. In addition, few literature references appear in the entries, and there is no bibliography. While a user looking for a quick definition would do better with a more traditional dictionary, such as I.F. Henderson’s Dictionary of Biological Terms (Halsted, 1989. 10th ed.), someone looking for a little more detail will find this volume useful. For general or basic reference collections at any level.?Bruce Neville, Univ. of Texas at El Paso Lib.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
This is the third in a series of encyclopedias translated from German published by de Gruyter; the others are Concise Encyclopedia Chemistry (1993) and Concise Encyclopedia Biochemistry (1988). This one is a translation of ABC Biologie (Brockhaus, 1986). It contains some 7,000 entries in the fields of biochemistry, botany, ecology, ethology, genetics, molecular biology, paleontology, physiology, and zoology. New animal species since 1986 have been included as well as updated botanical entries. The biochemistry and molecular biology material has been checked against the manuscript of the forthcoming third edition of Concise Encyclopedia of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (de Gruyter). Also, all German literature references have been replaced with appropriate references to English language sources. It is the most comprehensive one-volume encyclopedic dictionary covering biology. All three titles will be excellent choices for libraries.
This well-designed, easy-to-use encyclopedia contains brief to lengthy entries. There are no biographies. Line drawings are abundant, clearly labeled, and near the entries they illustrate. Collected at the end of the encyclopedia are 48 color and black-and-white photographs and drawings. Unfortunately, many of the black-and-white photos are too dark to be of any use to the reader. There are numerous see references from common or variant names to the scientific names. A few references to additional reading are included.
This is a welcome new work that will be appropriate for high-school, public, and academic libraries. It can be considered a successor to the now out-of-print classic, Encyclopedia of the Biological Sciences, second edition, by Peter Gray (Van Nostrand, 1970), as the authority for the field of biology.