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An encyclopedia covering all major science subjects. Includes short articles, definitions, biographies, and suggestions for further readings. A great place to get started on a unfamiliar science topic.
Find information on materials and material properties. Also provides interactive graphs, property table data, and calculation tool with a collection of hundreds of ready-to-use equations for every disciplnie.