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Dictionary of Energy

Over 10,000 entries covering some 40 scientific disciplines and topics
Essays by scientists, biographical entries on key individuals, and historical comments
Historical quotes on energy matters,
Illustrated with 100 photos and illustrations
Now expanded with over 500 new terms and available in paperback at half the price of the first edition

By: Cutler J Cleveland (Editor), Christopher Morris (Editor)

600 pages, photos, illustrations


Paperback | Aug 2009 | #181827 | ISBN-13: 9780080964911
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Hardback | Dec 2005 | #154586 | ISBN: 0080445780
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Written by the editor of The Encyclopedia of Energy, Cutler Cleveland, Dictionary of Energy gives professionals across the multi-disciplinary field of energy a tool to better communicate on energy matters and understand energy issues and opportunities. The paperback edition, priced at less than half the price of the hardcover edition and expanded with over 500 new terms, makes this valuable reference available to an even wider audience beyond energy scientists, including new professionals, students, and corporate oil and gas companies.

"The impressive new Dictionary of Energy will not only help the world communicate better on energy matters, it will also help its users understand energy issues and opportunities. A major contribution to a field of unmatched importance given the links between energy and global climate change."
- James Gustave Speth, Dean, School of Environmental Science and Forestry, Yale University, USA

"The Dictionary of Energy, produced by the same team as the remarkable Encyclopedia of Energy, promises to bring some terminological order and clarity to this fast-moving, diverse, often confusing, yet vitally important discipline."
- Amory B. Lovins, CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute, USA

"From abatement costs to zinc recycling, here is a comprehensive, authoritative guide to all theoretical, environmental and economic aspects of energy resources, production, and use. This Dictionary of Energy deserves a place on every well-stocked reference shelf."
- Aviott John, Librarian, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria

"The Dictionary of Energy will most certainly become an essential reference for energy researchers from economics, engineering, and sustainability perspectives, but also for non-energy researchers, policy advisors, industry, non-government organizations, the media, and the general public. Some of us have waited a long time for a publication like this."
- Mark Jaccard, Director, Energy and Materials Research Group, Simon Fraser University

"I think the Dictionary of Energy is an extremely useful document, because the future of human activities would depend critically on evolution of the energy sector, making it essential for the public to understand the vocabulary and societal relevance of energy. The essays by noted scientists would provide valuable knowledge in this field. I strongly support this initiative."
- R.K. Pachauri, Director-General, Tata Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi

"The breadth and coverage of this Dictionary of Energy makes it an extremely valuable reference manual for those working in or researching the energy sector."
- John Gale, Communications and Development Manager, IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme, UK

"I praise the coverage of energy efficiency, which is not glamorous (and often neglected) but which is the only practical way for the world to develop sustainably and to delay global warming."
- Arthur H. Rosenfeld, Commissioner, California Energy Commission, USA

"The intended readership for this work is not energy specialists, but rather students, new professionals and the general public. On reviewing this volume it is reasonably safe to say that this has been successfully achieved in this very useful book. Clearly explained terms, along with readable essay entries to help illuminate and inform in a most accessible manner making this text a worthy and not overtly expensive addition to most educational libraries."
- Reference Reviews, Volume 20, No.4, 2006, Gareth J. Johnson, Service Innovation Officer, University of Warwick Library, Coventry, UK

"[T]his useful, compact reference work deals with a timely and diverse topic [...] The 100 'Special Essays' on key energy terms are a unique feature. Written by 'eminent scientists' these essays provide greater detail than is possible in the regular entries [...] Although the book deals with some highly technical terms, the writing is sufficiently clear for both academic and public libraries to find this work of value."
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Cutler J. Cleveland is the Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies at Boston University, where he also holds the position of Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment. Dr. Cleveland is Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Energy (Elsevier Science, 2004), winner of an American Library Association award, Editor-in-Chief of the Dictionary of Energy (Elsevier Science, in press) and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Ecological Economics. Dr. Cleveland is a member of the American Statistical Associations Committee on Energy Statistics, an advisory group to the Department of Energy, and a participant in the Stanford Energy Modeling Forum. He has been a consultant to numerous private and public organizations, including the Asian Development Bank, Charles River Associates, the Technical Research Centre of Finland, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the MacArthur Foundation have supported his research. Dr. Clevelands research focuses on the ecological-economic analysis of how energy and materials are used to meet human needs. His research employs the use of econometric models of oil supply, natural resource scarcity, and the relation between the use of energy and natural resources and economic systems. Dr. Cleveland publishes in journals such as Nature, Science, Ecological Modeling, Energy, The Energy Journal, The Annual Review of Energy, Resource and Energy Economics, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, the Canadian Journal of Forest Research, and Ecological Economics. He has won publication awards from the International Association of Energy Economics and the National Wildlife Federation. Christopher Morris is owner of Morris Books and a professional lexicographer who has edited more than 20 different dictionaries on a wide variety of subjects. He is editor in chief of the award-winning Academic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology, which provides the largest vocabulary of science yet compiled and features special essays by 120 eminent scientists, including nine Nobel laureates. He served as chief editor of the Macmillan school dictionary series, which includes several of the largest-selling educational dictionaries in U.S. history. He has also been an author of school and college textbooks and has compiled many different scientific glossaries, for fields such as ecology, endocrinology, microbiology, oncology, reproductive biology, and toxicology. He and Cutler Cleveland previously collaborated on the Encyclopedia of Energy, winner of an American Library Association award, for which Dr. Cleveland was editor in chief and he served as chief development editor.

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