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Encyclopedia of Physical Science, 2-Volume Set
  • Format
  • Authored by: Joe Rosen, Ph.D. and Lisa Quinn Gothard
  • From the Series: Science Encyclopedia
  • Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 11
  • ISBN-10: 0816070113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-7011-4
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $170.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 10/01/2009
  • Dewey Number: 500
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 832


Encyclopedia of Physical Science discusses concepts that unify the physical sciences with life, Earth, and space science. Examining topics such as natural hazards, global challenges, and the history and nature of science, this two-volume set complements the material typically taught in high school and college physics and chemistry courses.

More than 200 entries cover National Science Education Standards concepts and topics, theories, sub-disciplines, biographies of people who have made significant contributions to the physical sciences, common methods, and techniques relevant to modern science. Entries average approximately 2,000 words each and most include cross-references of related entries and a selection of recommended further readings. 

Entries include:

  • Acceleration
  • Acid rain
  • Black hole
  • Francis Crick
  • Doppler effect
  • Albert Einstein
  • Greenhouse effect
  • Liquid crystals
  • Matter and antimatter
  • Dmitry Mendeleyev
  • Organic chemistry
  • Speed and velocity
  • Theory of everything
  • Waves
  • X-ray crystallography.


Full-color photographs and line illustrations. Index. Appendixes. Cross-references. Chronology. Glossary. Further resources. Table. In two volumes.

About the Author(s)

Joe Rosen, Ph.D., received his Ph.D. in physics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His recent appointments include Visiting Professor in the Department of Physics at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania; Department Chair and Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas; Visiting Professor in the Department of Physics at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.; and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Physics at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Facts On File's best-selling Encyclopedia of Physics.

Lisa Quinn Gothard received her M.S. in biochemistry from the University of Kentucky. Her research was published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry. She is a founding member of the science department at Raleigh Charter High School, where she taught chemistry and biology. She currently teaches physical and life sciences, coordinates the annual science fair, and assists in the alignment of grades 7-12 curricula to the state and national science standards.

Reviews and Awards

"...authoritative and accessible...recommended for high-school, college, and public libraries."


"...well worth considering as a replacement for the earlier work..."

School Library Journal

"...an accessible reference on an important topic."

Library Journal


Library Media Connection

"...useful...recommended for high school, college, and public libraries."

American Reference Books Annual



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