Description: Scientific Exploration and Expeditions provides a unique perspective on expeditions made in the quest for scientific knowledge from the fifteenth century to the present day. Concise and appealing articles focus on the scientific goals and accomplishments of the explorers and expeditions, and how the sciences--from anthropology to zoology--benefited from these voyages of discovery.
Designed for high school, college, and general readers, this encyclopedia supports curricula in science and history with broad historical and global coverage, as well as coverage of diverse disciplines and fields, such as oceanography, paleontology, and environmental science. It covers major expeditions and historical figures as well as lesser-known contemporary explorers and scientists, and highlights contemporary issues of global interest and concern such as polar ice caps and space exploration. The set includes a topic finder, chronologies, photos, original maps, sidebars, cross-references, a glossary, and a bibliography.
Review(s): "Although many general researchers will find this information helpful, the set will be most useful for students in high school. Recommended for school and public libraries." -- Booklist
"The currency of information and focus on science will make this work particularly useful alongside broader but more dated resources." -- School Library Journal
"This title stands out for uniting explorers of land, sea, and space in one reference work. ... This title will serve early researchers and may also rekindle the interest most of us had when we were younger. Recommended for public and school libraries." -- Library Journal
"This two-volume set covers a lot of ground and looks at a wide variety of topics. From short biographies of intrepid explorers to the places they discovered to the groups that organized the expeditions, these books explain them all." -- Library Media Connection
"The articles are well written and engaging, providing a starting point for additional research. The 32-page index is appreciated in a resource like this and provides good access to the content." -- American Reference Books Annual