By John Daintith and Elizabeth Martin (Editors)
Hailed as "handy and readable" (Nature) and "well worthy searching" (New Scientist), this best-selling dictionary includes 9,200 alphabetically equipped entries on all features of chemistry, physics, biology (including human biology), earth sciences, and astronomy. as well as a wealth of trustworthy, updated entries, clients will locate important brief biographies of top scientists, full-page illustrated good points on matters akin to the sunlight approach and Genetically transformed Organisms, and chronologies of particular medical topics together with plastics, electronics, and phone biology. This new version comprises extended insurance of worldwide warming, forensic technological know-how, astrophysics, quantum thought, and the sunlight procedure. Supported by way of over two hundred diagrams and illustrations, the Dictionary of technological know-how additionally comprises urged internet hyperlinks for plenty of entries, accessed and saved brand new through the spouse site. eventually, it has appendices on SI devices, primary constants, geological time scale, a simplified class of the plant and animal kingdoms, and the periodic desk. either concise and wide-ranging, this quantity is a perfect reference paintings for college students or for a house library.
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P. p. 2467°C. The metal itself is highly reactive but is protected by a thin transparent layer of the oxide, which forms quickly in air. Aluminium and its oxide are amphoteric. The metal is extracted from puriÜed bauxite (Al2O3) by electrolysis; the main process uses a *Hall–Heroult cell but other electrolytic methods are under development, including conversion of bauxite with chlorine and electrolysis of the molten chloride. Pure alu- aluminium hydroxide 29 minium is soft and ductile but its strength can be increased by work-hardening.
All-or-none response A type of response that may be either complete and of full intensity or totally absent, depending on the strength of the stimulus; there is no partial response. For example, a nerve cell is either stimulated to transmit a complete nervous impulse or else it remains in its resting state; a stinging *thread cell of a cnidarian is either completely discharged or it is not. allosteric enzyme An enzyme that has two structurally distinct forms, one of which is active and the other inactive.
It is equal to 3600 coulombs. Ampère’s law A law of the form dB = (µo I sin θ dl)/4πr2, where dB is the inÜnitesimal element of the magnitude of the magnetic Ûux density at a distance r at a point P from the element length dl of a conductor, µo is the magnetic *permeability of free space, I is the current Ûowing through the conductor, and θ is the angle between the direction of the current and the line joining the element of the conductor and P. It is also called the Ampère–Laplace law after the French mathematician Pierre-Simon de Laplace (1749–1827).
A Dictionary of Science, Sixth Edition (Oxford Paperback Reference) by John Daintith and Elizabeth Martin (Editors)