Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia

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Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia is an encyclopedia published in the United States. Currently in a three volume 10th edition, it was published in two volumes for editions 6 to 9. The 8th edition is available as two CD ROMs.

The first edition was published in 1938.[1]

More than 4,000 pages long, the work provides a thorough scientific reference, while establishing a midpoint between massive multi-volume science encyclopedias and handheld reference books.

This work is sometimes compared to the McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science & Technology.


  1. ^ L., H. R. (1938). "Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia". Nature. 142 (3602): 853–854. Bibcode:1938Natur.142..853H. doi:10.1038/142853a0.