Science and Technology in the USA. Albert H. Teich and Jill H. Pace, eds. Longman Group, Harlow, 1986. 408 pp. £58. Distributed in the United States and Canada by Gale Research Company, Detroit, MI. $95.

Sixteen authorities, ranging from information scientist to intellectual property attorney and from health planner to science policy buff in the Library of Congress, have distilled their expertise into this invaluable resource. Both reference work and textbook, it is a formidable addition to Longman's widely praised Guide to World Science and Technology series.

Although nominally a further edition of a book that appeared in 1975, Science and Technology in the USA is really a totally new survey of the statistics and structures of science in the United States, and as such is vastly superior to its predecessor. It even includes unexpected touches of character and opinion. ("The greatest challenge to the scientific and technical community is...

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