Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Applied Science

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Applied Science

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Applied Science. Ed. by Donald R. Franceschetti. Ipswich, MA: Salem, 2012. 5 vols. acid free $595 (ISBN: 9781587657818). Online access included with purchase of print.

Applied Science is filling a gap in encyclopedic sets dealing with science and technology in everyday life. Previously, Magill's Survey of Science, Applied Science Series (Salem Press, 1993-98) served this role, but it needs replacement due to advances in the fields it covers, as well as newly emerged fields of the applied sciences.

The encyclopedic articles are arranged alphabetically in 5 volumes, totaling 2,144 pages. There are 313 articles, and each is about 5 to 7 pages long. Most of the articles include photos, charts, graphs, or illustrations. The articles are standardized to include sections such as fields of study, key terms and concepts, background and history, "how it works," applications and products, impact on industry, and careers and coursework.

Applied Science contains articles addressing general topics across applied sciences from traditional subjects to emerging topics, including Acoustics, Artificial Intelligence, Bioengineering, DNA Analysis, Ecological Engineering, Game Theory, Hybrid Vehicle Technologies, Nutrition and Dietetics, Military Sciences and Combat Engineering, Probability and Statistics, Speech Therapy and Phoniatrics, Telemedicine, Space Stations, Vehicular Accident Reconstruction, and Zymology and Zymurgy. …

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