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Database Systems in Science and Engineering

1st Edition

By J.R Rumble, F.J Smith

CRC Press

302 pages

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Hardback: 9780750300483
pub: 1990-01-01

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Computerized databases provide a powerful everyday tool for data handling by scientists and engineers. However, the unique nature of many technical tasks requires a specialized approach to make use of the many powerful commercial database tools now available. Using these tools has proved difficult because database technology is often shrouded in layers of jargon.

An essential guide for scientists and engineers who use computers to avoid drowning in a flood of data, Database Systems in Science and Engineering dispels the myths associated with database design and breaks the barriers to successful databases. Using the language of scientists and engineers, this book explains concepts and problems, offers practical steps and solutions, and provides new ideas for better data handling. The first part of the book presents an overview of technical databases using examples taken from real applications and the current state of technical databases. The second part covers the computer implementation of technical databases, including examples and the necessary computer science theory to form a sound background. The authors confront the many difficulties that arise in the design and implementation of a realistic database and offer solutions to these challenges.

Before beginning any database project, scientists and engineers should read this book to understand how to make every database project successful through careful planning, good design, and efficient use of database tools.


"… a valuable resource for scientists … a fine job of presenting the information necessary to plan, design, and use computerized technical databases …The language is clear, the treatment easy to follow, and the presentation is copiously illustrated with realistic diagrams and flow charts … the authors frequently emphasize that the user and his or her needs are the key to successful database design. Chapters on developing an effective user interface and on efficient dissemination of data provide specific suggestions for accomplishing this purpose."

-Journal of Chemical Information and Computer Sciences

Table of Contents

Introduction to technical databases

The nature of technical data

Types of technical databases

The use of technical databases

User interfaces

The dissemination of technical databases

Data structures

Architecture of a database

Data models

Database planning

Database design

Expert systems

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Database Management / General
SCIENCE / Mathematical Physics