Information Update - Spring 2002
British Philosophers, 1500-1799 Volume 252 of the Dictionary of Literary Biography edited
by Philip B. Dematteis and Peter S. Fosl. Detro
Gale Group, 2002. [REF
PN451 .D5 vol. 252]
recent addition to the DLB covers three centuries of British
philosophy. It covers thirty-three notables, including
six women philosophers. Entries include Sir Isaac Newton,
Francis Bacon, Thomas Hobbes and Edmund Burke, as well as
less-well known thinkers as Margaret Cavendish, John Norris
and Catherine Trotter. While
the entries provide only a brief outline of each person"s
life, the DLB is an excellent place to start when searching
for information on a philosopher. As with all the DLB
volumes, this work includes a cumulative index to the entire
entry consists of a bibliography of works published, a short
(4-6 page) biography and a list of additional works about
that person. Every entry includes some illustrations,
portraits of the writers and reproductions of book covers
being the most common kind.
Deceptions and Swindles by Carl Sifakis, New York: Checkmark Books, 2001. [REF
HV6695 .S53 2001]
book, both amusing and outrageous, lays out the plain truth
about the inventive, unethical and sometimes absurd ways men
have cheated their fellow men, and exposes some of the most
infamous lies, cons and scams of all time. Entries are
arranged in dictionary format, profiling notable practitioners
of deceit like Charles Keating and Charles Ponzi, and explaining
the "hook" in many commonly used scams such as "shell games"
and "pyramid schemes". It also serves as a primer on
how to not be taken in by the con men. Find out
how to recognize a swindle before you lose your shirt. The book includes an index and some black & white illustrations.
Scientific Laws, Principles,
and Theories: a Reference Guide by
Robert E. Krebs; illustrations by Rae Déjur. Westport, CT:
Greenwood Press, 2001.[REF Q158.5 .K74
anyone who has wondered what
Einstein really said about relativity
or what Heisenberg was uncertain about, this book provides
answers in clear, concise, plain English. This makes
it useful to non-science majors, while still including formulae
and explanations technical enough to be useful to science
students. It includes theories in astronomy (Ptolemy's
Theory of a Geocentric Universe), biology
of Evolution by Natural Selection), chemistry (Gay-Lussac's
Law of Combining Volumes), geology (Richter"s Theory of Earthquake
Magnitude), mathematics (Turing"s Theory for Testing Computer
Intelligence) and physics (Feynman"s Theory of Quantum Electrodynamics).
The introduction to Scientific Laws explains exactly
what constitutes a law, principle,
theory and hypothesis.
The entries are arranged alphabetically by the last name of
the scientist associated with that idea. In case you
don't know the scientist's name, an index is provided to locate
theories or concepts. A twelve-page glossary of scientific
terminology is included to help the non-scientist. There
are numerous illustrations throughout the book.
Dictionary of English Folklore by J. Simpson & S. Roud. Oxford; New York: Oxford University
Press, 2001 [GR141 .S59 2001]
you are planning on visiting England, or have ever read an
English novel and found yourself puzzled by a reference to Morris Dancing or Saint Catherine's Day, then
this book can be of service. This compact volume defines
and puts into historical context the local and national customs,
superstitions, feasts, traditions and holidays of English
common life, from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century.
Extensively cross-referenced, it makes for entertaining reading
and explains some of the customs that have migrated across
the ocean to America, such as nursery rhymes and Halloween.
There is also a bibliography of primary sources, which can
be consulted for further reading on a topic.
of Children's Literature by Bernice E. Cullinan and Diane G. Person, editors. New
York: Continuum, 2001 [PN1008.5
This work could be more accurately described as an encyclopedia of children"s authors, covering two hundred years of children's
literature. It combines short biographical descriptions
of the author with discussions of their works, including a
"further works" section (books not written for children) and
a bibliography of books about the author. This book
also includes nearly one hundred topical articles ranging
from Adventure Stories to Young Adult Literature. Most
author entries run one to two columns; articles usually cover
three to five columns. There are one hundred thirty
illustrations, all of headshots of authors.
of Ephemera by Maurice Rickards. New York: Routledge, 2000 [REF
NC1280 .R52 2000]
encyclopedias focus on important and noteworthy persons, events
or objects. In an engaging change of pace, this volume
examines common, ordinary things in all their wonderfully
mundane variety. Ephemera, according to the introduction,
are "minor transient documents of everyday life", printed
matter not intended for
permanence or even long-term use.
Have you ever heard of ice papers? Or Tramping
Cards? Do you know where the expression "reading
the riot act" came from? Trivia lovers and antique collectors
will be impressed with the level of detail and obscurity.
There are illustrations on almost every other page, as well
as a section of color plates.
College Blue Book, 29th Ed. New
York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2002.[REF LA226.C685]
six-volume set is a directory of thousands of colleges &
universities across the United States and Canada. Each
volume presents different kinds of information about the schools.Volume
1: Narrative Description. Organized by state/province. Each entry has a 1-paragraph description of the schools location
and size, entrance requirements, costs, collegiate and community
environment. The University of Scranton is noted for
being ten minutes away from Montage.
2: Tabular Data. This volume presents facts and statistics
on student bodies, faculties, costs and facilities.
Organized by state/province.
3: Degrees offered by College and Subject. This volume
is kept at the Reference Desk for quick consultation.
Select a state or select a degree; this volume can tell you
which colleges offer what degrees, whether Associate's, Bachelor's,
Master's or Doctorate.
4: Occupational Education. Two lists, one by state and
the other by curriculum, provide records for over 6000 vocational
and technical schools. The information on location,
enrollment, and tuition is in the state listings.
5: Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants and Loans. Arranged
by academic subject. Explains who is offering the scholarship,
how much is offered, the qualifications for receiving the
award and the application date.
6: Distance Education Programs. (new for this edition)
Organized by academic subject. Includes both brief and
etailed descriptions of each school that offers distance
education with details of their programs and requirements.
New Reference Books