rusq: Vol. 52 Issue 3: p. 259
Sources: Applied Science
Abigail Creitz

Technical Services Librarian, Vincennes University, Vincennes, Indiana

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. Each article effectively lays out a foundation of understanding and supplies suggestions for further reading both in print and online. Articles also address the careers that use the science discussed and future prospects in the fields.

There are a number of convenient features that make this resource very easy to use, especially for a high school student or lower-level undergraduate. First, a table of common units of measurement is featured at the beginning of each volume, making it easy to for the reader to consult regardless of volume in use. Second, a complete list of contents is also included in each volume, connecting each volume to the greater whole. Third, there is a timeline of all major advances in applied science, which gives the reader historical perspective that can get lost when researching topics a la carte. In addition to these, Salem Press gives complimentary online access to content at Full text of the articles can be accessed, and tools such as article citation, printing, emailing and saving are available to the user. However, Applied Science misses the mark on the provision of engaging color images and charts to accompany its articles. Instead, it makes sparing use of black-and-white images.

I recommend this title for high school or lower-level undergraduate use.

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