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Encyclopedia of Applied Physics
(23-Volume Set)

Editor: George L. Trigg

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  • ISBN: 3-527-26841-3
    Published: November 1996

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    "Superb...exactly right for the researcher interested in a field for which he or she is not an expert...should be in the library of any institution where physics is studied."
    Physics Today

    "Exciting...well written and illustrated...modern subject coverage...useful to generalists as well as experts...This physics and engineering encyclopedia is well presented...Recommended for large public and academic libraries, and special libraries emphasizing physics and engineering."

    "Important...This encyclopedia should be available at every scientific institute."

    "An encyclopedia in an excellent make-up: good layout of the text, graphics, and figures, attractive print and high-quality cover. It is a pleasure to read in these volumes."

    "The list of sponsors shows the high quality that the Encyclopedia has set out to achieve."
    Physikalische Blätter

    "It is really a pleasure to leaf through this book: an excellent layout, all the chapters are well written, and many figures, illustrations and tables help for an easy understanding. In addition each chapter contains a detailed table of contents, a glossary for unfamiliar terms, and a comprehensive reference list."

    "The publication of these series of books is backed by four renowned physical societies in the USA, Germany, and Japan, a fact which undoubtedly promises scientific depth."

    "Trigg is well-known to physicists as the former editor of Physical Review Letters and one of the editors of the Encyclopedia of Physics (VCH 1991). His talent for choosing reviewers, a sine qua non for a journal editor, is evident here in his choice of outstanding authors."
    Physics Today


    The Encyclopedia of Applied Physics (EAP) provides a thorough introduction to and overview of current physics and its numerous technical and industrial applications at a 'civilian' level of understanding. While it is an essential reference for all physicists, it is also a much-needed source of information for the thousands of professionals in industry whose work requires a solid background knowledge of physics: engineers and scientists working in electronics, communications, computers, aerospace, medical diagnostics, polymers, physical chemistry, radiology, biology, and geophysics.

    Yet EAP is written at a level that can be easily understood by students at the university level. As the first work of its kind to introduce physics from the standpoint of its technical and industrial applications, it will be a valuable addition to any libraries at a college, university or research institute.

    Publication of EAP began in 1991 with Volume 1: Accelerators, Linear to Analytic Methods. Successive volumes have followed at the rate of three or four a year. In 1998 EAP is completed with the publication Volume 23: Ultraviolet and Visible Light Spectrometers to Zeeman and Stark Effects in March. The final Cumulative Index Volume for the entire set published in May 1998.

    Each of EAP's 23 volumes contains 22 to 25 articles written by leading engineers and scientists from industry and academia. Individual volumes run about 600 pages and include approximately 400 black-and-white and color figures and illustrations.

    Easy Access with EAP's Unique Classification System

    The Encyclopedia of Applied Physics' dual classification system ensures that readers can pinpoint the information they need without having to browse through several indexes.

    The complete EAP consists of approximately 500 articles, arranged alphabetically. Each article is given a classification number from a list similar to the American Institute of Physics' familiar Physics and Astronomy Classification Scheme (PACS):

    01. General Aspects: Computational, Mathematical, and Information Techniques
    02. Measurement Sciences, General Devices and/or Methods
    03. Nuclear and Elementary Particle Physics
    04. Atomic and Molecular Physics
    05. Electricity and Magnetism
    06. Optics (Classical and Quantum)
    07. Acoustics
    08. Thermodynamics and Properties of Gases
    09. Fluids and Plasma Physics
    10. Condensed Matter A: Structure and Mechanical Properties
    11. Condensed Matter B: Thermal, Acoustic, and Quantum Properties
    12. Condensed Matter C: Electronic Properties
    13. Condensed Matter D: Magnetic Properties
    14. Condensed Matter E: Dielectrical and Optical Properties
    15. Condensed Matter F: Surfaces and Interfaces
    16. Materials Science
    17. Physical Chemistry
    18. Energy Research and Environmental Physics
    19. Biophysics and Medical Physics
    20. Geophysics, Meteorology, SPace Physics and Aeronautics

    In addition, each article is assigned a letter code which describes the type of information found in the article:

    A = Devices and Equipment (e.g. display devices, seismographs)
    B = Materials (e.g. polymers, silicides)
    C = Methods and Processes (e.g. Auger spectroscopy, magnetic resonance)
    D = Phenomena and Effects (e.g. superconductivity, electric discharges)
    E = Scientific or Technological Fields (e.g. optics, acoustics)
    F = Institutions, Companies, Societies and Other Organizations

    Thus, the chapter on optical components is designated

    06-A. Optical Components and Systems

    showing both its subject area (Optics) and its contents (Devices and Equipment). Readers can go directly to the topic they need to study simply by scanning EAP's table of contents.

    Thorough Treatment and Complete References

    Each article in the Encyclopedia of Applied Physics contains:
    • a detailed table of contents for quick access to desired information
    • a glossary of unfamiliar terms
    • a detailed list of works cited that provides and introduction to the literature of the field
    • suggestions for further reading which indicate more in-depth books and review articles
    • numerous cross-references
    • uniform terms, abbreviations, symbols, and units

    Where possible, EAP also indicates trends for the future in each subject area.

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