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The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles

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Who was Richard Kemp, after whom the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle is named? Is Wake’s Gecko named after Berkeley’s Marvalee Wake? Or perhaps her husband, David? Why do so many snakes and lizards have Werner in their name? This reference book answers these and thousands of other questions about the origins of the vernacular and scientific names of reptiles across the globe. From Agkistrodon piscivorus conanti, the Florida cottonmouth subspecies named for Roger Conant, to Xantusia, the night lizard genera namesake of John Xantus, this dictionary covers everyone after whom an extant or recently extinct reptile has been named. The entries include a brief bio-sketch, a list of the reptiles that bear the individual’s name, the names of reptiles erroneously thought to be associated with the person, and a summary of major—and sometimes obscure or even incidental—contributions made by the person to herpetology and zoology. An introductory chapter explains how to use the book and describes the process of naming taxa. Easy to use and filled with addictive—and highly useful—information about the people whose names will be carried into the future on the backs of the world’s reptiles, The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles is a handy and fun book for professional and amateur herpetologists alike.

The Eponym Dictionary of Amphibians

Author : Bo Beolens
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New species of animal and plant are being discovered all the time. When this happens, the new species has to be given a scientific, Latin name in addition to any common, vernacular name. In either case the species may be named after a person, often the discoverer but sometimes an individual they wished to honour or perhaps were staying with at the time the discovery was made. Species names related to a person are ‘eponyms’. Many scientific names are allusive, esoteric and even humorous, so an eponym dictionary is a valuable resource for anyone, amateur or professional, who wants to decipher the meaning and glimpse the history of a species name. Sometimes a name refers not to a person but to a fictional character or mythological figure. The Forest Stubfoot Toad Atelopus farci is named after the FARC, a Colombian guerrilla army who found refuge in the toad’s habitat and thereby, it is claimed, protected it. Hoipollo's Bubble-nest Frog Pseudophilautus hoipolloi was named after the Greek for ‘the many’, but someone assumed the reference was to a Dr Hoipollo. Meanwhile, the man who has everything will never refuse an eponym: Sting's Treefrog Dendropsophus stingi is named after the rock musician, in honour of his ‘commitment and efforts to save the rainforest’. Following the success of their Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles, the authors have joined forces to give amphibians a similar treatment. They have tracked down 1,609 honoured individuals and composed for each a brief, pithy biography. In some cases these are a reminder of the courage of scientists whose dedicated research in remote locations exposed them to disease and even violent death. The eponym ensures that their memory will survive, aided by reference works such as this highly readable dictionary. Altogether 2,668 amphibians are listed.

The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals

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Just who was the Przewalski after whom Przewalski's horse was named? Or Husson, the eponym for the rat Hydromys hussoni? Or the Geoffroy whose name is forever linked to Geoffroy's cat? This unique reference provides a brief look at the real lives behind the scientific and vernacular mammal names one encounters in field guides, textbooks, journal articles, and other scholarly works. Arranged to mirror standard dictionaries, the more than 1,300 entries included here explain the origins of over 2,000 mammal species names. Each bio-sketch lists the scientific and common-language names of all species named after the person, outlines the individual's major contributions to mammalogy and other branches of zoology, and includes brief information about his or her mammalian namesake's distribution. The two appendixes list scientific and common names for ease of reference, and, where appropriate, individual entries include mammals commonly—but mistakenly—believed to be named after people. The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals is a highly readable and informative guide to the people whose names are immortalized in mammal nomenclature.

Eponym Dictionary of Odonata

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Provides a listing of all those after whom damselflies and dragonflies have been named. Each entry is cross-referenced so the relationships between scientific authors, entomologists and others can be followed. Many entries have been contributed by the people honoured.

The Eponym Dictionary of Birds

Author : Bo Beolens
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Birdwatchers often come across bird names that include a person's name, either in the vernacular (English) name or latinised in the scientific nomenclature. Such names are properly called eponyms, and few people will not have been curious as to who some of these people were (or are). Names such as Darwin, Wallace, Audubon, Gould and (Gilbert) White are well known to most people. Keener birders will have yearned to see Pallas's Warbler, Hume's Owl, Swainson's Thrush, Steller's Eider or Brünnich's Guillemot. But few people today will have even heard of Albertina's Myna, Barraband's Parrot, Guerin's Helmetcrest or Savigny's Eagle Owl. This extraordinary new work lists more than 4,000 eponymous names covering 10,000 genera, species and subspecies of birds. Every taxon with an eponymous vernacular or scientific name (whether in current usage or not) is listed, followed by a concise biography of the person concerned. These entries vary in length from a few lines to several paragraphs, depending on the availability of information or the importance of the individual's legacy. The text is punctuated with intriguing or little-known facts, unearthed in the course of the authors' extensive research. Ornithologists will find this an invaluable reference, especially to sort out birds named after people with identical surnames or in situations where only a person's forenames are used. But all birders will find much of interest in this fascinating volume, a book to dip into time and time again whenever their curiosity is aroused.

The Dictionary of Eponyms

Author : Robert Hendrickson
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Dictionary of Medical Eponyms

Author : Barry G. Firkin
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Lists and defines eponyms used in the practice of internal medicine. Emphasis on terms used in Australia.

Dictionary of Anatomical Eponyms

Author : Régis Olry
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The Progressive Dictionary of the English Language

Author : Samuel Fallows
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Science and Technology Annual Reference Review 1989

Author : H. Robert Malinowsky
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Chambers Dictionary of Science and Technology

Author : John Lackie
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Unrivalled coverage of modern scientific terms

The Oxford Dictionary for Scientific Writers and Editors

Author : Alan Isaacs
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This dictionary provides scientists, science writers, and all who work in scientific publishing with a clear and concise style guide for the presentation of scientific information. Reflecting widely accepted usage and following the recommendations of such international scientific bodies as IUPAC and IUPAP, the dictionary offers guidance on spelling (UK and US), punctuation, abbreviations, prefixes and suffixes, units and quantities, symbols, biological nomenclature, and the spelling of scientists' names. There are over 9,500 entries covering a wide range of scientific subjects including physics, chemistry, botany, zoology, genetics, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, astronomy, mathematics, and computer science. The extensive tables at the end of the dictionary cover the electromagnetic spectrum, graphic and letter symbols in electronics, geological timescales, mathematical symbols, the periodic table of the elements, SI units, and the Greek alphabet. It will ensure up-to-date and consistent style for all scientific material intended for publication.

Oxford dictionary of national biography

Author : Henry Colin Gray Matthew
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50,000 biographies and 60 million words record the lives of the men and women who shaped all aspects of British history. All walks of life are represented, new fields greatly increased alongside more traditional areas. A new focus gives extended coverageto the regions, Britons abroad and former colonies.

Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

Author : Ebenezer Cobham Brewer
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New Illustrated Webster s Dictionary of the English Language

Author : Merriam-Webster
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Combination dictionary and Thesaurus. 260,000 entries.

Abbreviations Dictionary

Author : Ralph DeSola
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This international sourcebook carries a comprehensive listing of abbreviations, acronyms, appellations, contractions, eponyms, geographic equivalents, initials, and slang shortcuts. It provides a current, easily accessible resource for locating some of the most elusive and confusing elements of our language. The ABBREVIATIONS DICTIONARY, EIGHTH EDITION, is also a ready reference for useful information on such diverse topics as computer jargon, earthquake data, English grammar and usage, international conversions, medical terminology, wedding anniversaries, zip coding, and others. To Order Contact: CRC Press, Inc., Phone: (407) 994-0555.

Reference Sources

Author : Linda Mark
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Larousse Dictionary of Science and Technology

Author : Larousse (Firm)
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Defines terms in astronomy, chemistry, Earth sciences, computing, electronics, life sciences, engineering, and physical sciences as well as common terms from architecture, building, mathematics, and medicine

Chambers Dictionary of Science and Technology

Author : P. M. B. Walker
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Widely recognized as the most comprehensive and authoritative single-volume dictionary of it's kind, The Chambers Dictionary of Science and Technology has been in print (under various titles) for 59 years. This new edition has been completely revised, updated, and expanded with 500 new entries and 100 in-depth panel entries. From astronomy to zoology, and genetics to general relativity, the Chambers Dictionary of Science and Technology encompasses all fields of science and technology and is an excellent resource for professionals, students, or casual browsers. Over 49,000 entries and 500 schematic diagrams provide carefully researched information and unrivalled coverage of scientific and technological language, including the most recent terms such as applet, false memory syndrome, and ozone depletion. New panel entries present detailed coverage of 20 major scientific and technical fields, and areas of special interest including genetics, space, and climate. The new and revised appendices give easy access to commonly consulted information including computing and Internet related acronyms, SI units, the plant and animal kingdoms, and a chronology of inventions and discoveries.

American Reference Books Annual

Author : Bohdan S. Wynar
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1970- issued in 2 vols.: v. 1, General reference, social sciences, history, economics, business; v. 2, Fine arts, humanities, science and engineering.