Science on Oxford Reference
Science encompasses the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. Oxford Reference provides thousands of concise definitions and in-depth, specialist encyclopedic entries on the wide range of subjects within this discipline.
Written by trusted experts for researchers at every level, entries are complemented by illustrative line drawings, equations, and charts wherever useful.
- A timeline of life science: from single-celled water creatures to sequencing the human genome
- 'The Universal Genetic Code' from A Dictionary of Plant Sciences
- A biography of Lise Meitner from The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History
- 'The planets: orbital and physical data' from A Dictionary of Astronomy
Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability
Published online: August 2016
There is no shortage of information about environmental problems, people calling themselves experts on sustainability, and voices with opposing claims and frightening predictions. This encyclopedia solves the problem of information overload with overviews from experts on an array of topics.
Food and Fitness: A Dictionary of Diet and Exercise (2nd edition)
Published online: November 2016
This dictionary is packed full of authoritative information on foods and drinks, types of diet, sports and activities, exercises, physiology, training methods, and calorie requirements. The new edition includes over 200 new entries covering advances in the science of health and diet, high-profile diets, fitness tracking and technologies, developments in food labelling, and the psychology of diet and fitness.
A Dictionary of Energy Science
Published online: January 2017
This new dictionary covers over 700 terms related to energy technologies and their impact on the world’s energy use. It sets out the principles behind each technology’s operation, as well as its economic, environmental, and social impacts.
A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation (3rd edition)
Published online: January 2017
This dictionary provides over 10,000 entries on scientific and social aspects of the environment ― its key thinkers, treaties, movements, organizations, concepts, and theories ― covering subjects such as sustainable development, biodiversity, and environmental ethics.
A sample of freely available quotations from Oxford Essential Quotations (4th edition)
'Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.' — Richard Phillips Feynman, 1918–88, American theoretical physicist
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'An experiment is a device to make Nature speak intelligibly. After that one has only to listen.' — George Wald, 1904–97, American biochemist
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'The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.' — Eden Phillpotts, 1862–1960, English writer
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Which mammal are you?
July 7th 2016
Find out which mammal resembles your personality by taking our quiz.
A timeline of the dinosaurs
April 28th 2016
Take a crash course on the history of the dinosaurs with our infographic.
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