This resource provides a single, concise reference containing terms and expressions used in the study, practice, and application of physical sciences. The reader will be able to identify quickly critical information about professional jargon, important people, and events. The encyclopedia gives self-contained definitions with essentials regarding the meaning of technical terms and their usage, as well as about important people within various fields of physics and engineering, with highlights of technical and practical aspects related to cross-functional integration. It will be indispensable for anyone working on applications in biomedicine, materials science, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, geology, astronomy, and energy. It also includes handy tables and chronological timelines organized by subject area and giving an overview on the historical development of ideas and discovery.
Table of Contents
Acoustics. Astro-Physics. Atmospheric Physics. Biomedical Engineering. Statistical Physics of Biomolecules. Computational Physics. String Theory. Condensed Matter Physics. Solid-State Physics. Chemical Physics. Elementary Particle Physics. Physical Chemistry. Electricity and Magnetism. Electrical. Electronic. Energy Production. Bio (Bacterial/Fermentation). Chemical. Electrochemical. Hydro. Nuclear. Petrochemical. Solar. Wind. Fluid Dynamics. Geophysics. + Earth Temperature! Hysteresis. High-Pressure Physics. Mechanics. Engineering Physics. Medical Physics. Biophysics. Nanotechnology. Optics. Adaptive Optics. Optoelectronics. Photonics. Photovoltaics. Probability. Quantum Physics. Nuclear Medicine. Thermodynamics. Energy Physics. High-Energy Physics. Plasma Physics. Ultra-Fast Phenomenon.
Robert Splinter, PhD, obtained his master of science degree in applied physics from the Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and his PhD from the VU University of Amsterdam. Dr. Splinter built his career as a scientist and technology manager in biomedical engineering. His work is dedicated to resolving issues in device development, with a particular focus on medicine and biology through development of novel diagnostic techniques and treatment methods using all multidisciplinary aspects of engineering and applied physics. He cofounded several companies in biomedical engineering and worked for several established metrology and medical device companies. In addition, Dr. Splinter worked in clinical settings, prototyping, and validating devices using the full practical and theoretical knowledge of physics, engineering, electrical engineering, chemistry, and biology. He is an associate professor (Adj.) in the Department of Physics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
"Portrays a concise, definitive set of scientific terms with a nice mix of photos and illustrations. For selected examples, extensive explanations are included. I think this work will be welcomed in a variety of science and technology arenas."
--Dr. Christian G. Parigger, University of Tennessee Space Institute
"Lives up to its title by providing insightful illustrations and graphs that visualize the mechanisms of action described by the theoretical outlines, and how these apply to real life experiences. The encyclopedia also includes the applied engineering and physics with respect to biomedical and biological phenomena, next to the physical chemistry."
--Faramarz Farahi, Professor of Physics and Optics, Center for Optoelectronics and Optical Communications, University of North Carolina – Charlotte