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Scientific Reference books offer Life Scientists and Chemists a range of handbooks, dictionaries and other general science references.


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  Z350095 Biological Data Analysis: A Practical Approach This volume provides guidance for planning the correct strategy for a variety of different statistical approaches and modelling problems and interpreting the results. It describes how to analyze biological data, with commonly available software packages, without making errors which can invalidate results.
  Z278661 Chemical Technicians’ Ready Reference Handbook, 4th ed. The definitive reference of laboratory safety, analytic procedures, and instrumentation techniques for the modern chemical laboratory. Cited in BCL3, the new edition contains expanded chapters on gas chromatography (GC) and high- performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and physical properties and testing methods, with a new chapter on thermal analytic methods as well as on electrophoresis. Also includes up- to-date information on the role of chemical laboratory technicians and chemical process operators in industry and current data on laboratory safety, chemical waste disposal, government regulations, and ISO-9000. Explains in detail the day-to-day procedures, techniques, and formulas of today′s chemical laboratory. The new edition (2nd was 1981), emphasizing the importance of safety, has been expanded to include additional information on material safety data sheets, chemical waste disposal, Right-to-Know regulations, and the National Fire Protection Association codes. Also new is material on such topics as gas chromatography, high-performance liquid chromatography, infrared spectroscopy, atomic absorption spectroscopy, and computers in the laboratory.
  Z252697 Concise Encyclopedia of Chemistry This is more of an encyclopedic dictionary, with many entries having only a one-sentence definition. There is no index. Instead, a see reference is made for a term covered in a longer article. For example, under shoe polish is the reference "see Leather care products." This method works quite well, providing an easy way to locate discussions. The text of each longer entry is well written and understandable to the educated layperson. This book is smaller than the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Chemistry, a true encyclopedia with few dictionary entries. The number of terms covered in the Concise Encyclopedia, however, is just as extensive, with shorter discussions of each. This book is well illustrated, with many line drawings, tables, and charts. It is described as a translation of ABC Chemie, with no publication date.
Z731404 Handbook of Acid-Base Indicators R.Sabnis, CRC Press, 2007, 416 pp., hard cover This handbook compiles the most comprehensive information on over 200 water-based and solvent-based indicators. Organized alphabetically, entries include: common name, other names, CA index name, CAS registry number, Merck index number, chemical structure, chemical/dye class, molecular formula, molecular weight, pH range, color change at pH, pKa, physical form, solubility, UV-visible, melting point, and boiling point. This resource also offers unique coverage including protocols for synthesizing indicator compounds; data relating to adverse effects, toxicity, and major applications for each indicator. The handbook contains practical information for applications that include semiconductors, fuel cells, sensors, surface coatings, adhesives, agricultural chemicals, textiles, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, and detection of disease.
  Z272884 Japanese/English English/Japanese Glossary Of Scientific And Technical Terms Not only will this bilingual glossary save time, but users will find the terms easy to look up, pronounce and understand. Covers 120 subject fields. There are 3,000 chemical, 1,600 mathematical, 3,700 physics, 900 computer and logic, 3,200 engineering and 3,700 biological terms. Includes numerous words used in light of today′s ecology and features ``kanji′′ (Chinese characters) and ``kana′′ (Japanese letters).
Z701149 Lab Math: A Handbook of Measurements, Calculations, and Other Quantitative Skills for Use at the Bench D. Adams, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2003, 160 pp., comb bound Work at the biology bench requires a knowledge of mathematical methods and formulae. This book is a compilation of the mathematical concepts and methods in molecular biology, and provides guidance on their application to research investigations. Subjects range from basics such as scientific notation and measuring and making solutions, to more complex activities like quantifying and designing nucleic acids and analyzing protein activity. A reference section features useful tables, conversion charts and "plug and chug" equations for experimental procedures. This volume is a structured source of information that in many laboratories is scattered.
  Z213675 Patterson’s German-English Dictionary for Chemists, 4th Ed. First published by Wiley in 1917, it set the standard for the entire field. Maintaining the same convenient layout and Patterson format with the same high standards of quality, here is the first revision of this invaluable work since 1950. With expanded coverage and new terms, it captures the wealth of scientific discoveries made in the last four decades, including the DNA double helix, practical computers and microelectronic devices, plate tectonics and man in space. Once again German and English-speaking scientists and engineers have an up-to-date and authoritative resource for understanding each other′s language.