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McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, Seventh Edition; edited by Sybil P. Parker. Mc-Graw Hill, Inc., Professional Book Group, 11 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011; Phone: 1800-2MCGRAW; $1900. In 20 volumes (13,450 pages), this encyclopedia set covers 81 major subject areas, ranging from acoustics to virology, from mathematics to paleontology, from electricity and electromagnetism to zoology.

Maintaining the encyclopedia's tradition of accuracy, clarity, objectivity, thoroughness, and rigorous scholarship, an international advisory board and 75 consulting editors put together the work of 3,000 distinguished experts, including 21 Nobel Prize winners for this edition.

The Seventh Edition has been substantially revised and updated. It reports on the latest research in each of the fields it covers, and also examines the theories and perspectives that have emerged in the five years since the release of the Sixth Edition. Material on entire disciplines including medicine, physics, chemistry, electronics, computers, telecommunications, and the earth sciences-has been revamped to reflect the trends and advances of the last five years. A wide range of subjects is covered in new articles. Those topics include adhesive bonding, climate modeling, laser cooling, foot disorders, superstring theory, and oxygen toxicity. Others are psychomatic disorders, quasi-crystals, Kepler's laws, sono-chemistry, and flexible manufacturing.

More than 13,000 drawings, maps, charts, diagrams and photographs-1960 of which are new to this edition-accompany the authoritative text. The encyclopedia features 15 pages of full-color photographs. Measurements are given in both the U.S. Customary System and the International System. The thorough index consists of both a 160,000-entry analytical index and a topical index that groups all the article titles into the 81 major subject areas.

TEST INSTRUMENTS CATALOG (BK-93). B + K Precision, Division of Maxtec International Corp., 6470 West Cortland Street, Chicago, IL 60635; Phone: 312-889-1448; Fax: 312-794-9740; free.

B+ K's line of electronic test instruments, including oscilloscopes, IC testers, spectrum analyzers, digital multimeters, video test instruments, probes, and accessories, is covered in this 64-page catalog. It provide complete specifications in detailed listings and easy-to-use comparison charts. Key product features and selected product applications are summarized. The catalog also describes a complete line of instrument accessories. A glossary of terms for each major product category is included in the catalog to help users identify the right instrument for a given task.

SPECIALTY CHEMICALS CATALOG. Chemtronics, Inc., P.O. Box 1448, Norcross, GA 30091-9931; free.

This 44-page, full-color catalog features a full line of specialty chemicals and products for the electronics industry. Written to help readers quickly and easily identify the right products for their applications, the catalog uses color-coded icons to clearly identify product categories such as precision cleaning agents, circuit refrigerants, and desoldering braid. Helpful product application tips are also designated by icons. Detailed application, Mil-Spec, and compatibility charts are included. In addition to specifying product features and benefits, the catalog provides complete packaging information. Environmental impact data is provided to help users better understand the potential impact the chemicals might have on the environment. A detailed chart lists each product's content of chlorofluorocarbons (CFC's), hydrofluorocarbons (HFC's), hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC's), chlorinated solvents, and volatile organic compounds, as well as the product's ozone depletion potential.


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