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Название: UXL Encyclopedia of Science (10 Vol. Set)
Автор: Nagel R. (Editor)
Grade 6 UpAScience is presented here in its broadest spectrum. The large number of physical and biological science articles is augmented with a few entries about psychology, anthropology, agriculture, and pharmacology. The prose is serviceable, but dry. A glossary of terms is included within the longer articles. The unsigned entries are accurate and timely. Virtual reality, the Hale-Bopp comet, and the Sojourner rover are included, although protease inhibitors is not. Entries are alphabetically arranged and vary in length from several paragraphs to several pages. There is enough material to use for short reports or as a starting point for further research. Browsers may enjoy these volumes, but the article titles are not sharply differentiated from the section headings. The black-and-white photographs and other illustrations are utilitarian, rarely attractive, and occasionally murky. All of the volumes open with a list of "Entries by Scientific Field" for the entire set. The index, which is repeated in every volume, is preceded by a "Where to Learn More" section that is divided into broad subject categories and includes a small sampling of books, periodicals, CD-ROMs, and Web sites. Not a first purchase, this would be useful as an up-to-date supplement to other science encyclopedias.