Encyclopedias and handbooks can be good sources for background information on mathematics topics when you are starting research on a new topic or area. The following are good starting points for overviews, definitions, formulas, equations, and more.

Contains over 1,300 entries on information that supports the development and use of statistical methods in the life and medical sciences. Contains expanded and enhanced coverage of key topics including bioinformatics, clinical trials, computation, genetics, and Ba1ian methods and applications.

An extensive encyclopedia that includes lengthy, peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of physical science and technology. Covers chemistry, molecular biology and biotechnology, physics, earth sciences, environment and atmospheric sciences, computers and telecommunications, electronics, optics, and lasers, mathematics, astronomy, astrophysics, and space technology, energy and power, materials, and engineering.

Covers all areas of statistics including probability theory, biostatistics, quality control, and applications of statistical methods. Includes the full text of the second print edition, the entire original edition, plus supplements and updates. Regularly updated with new articles and revisions to previously published articles.

Covers all areas of mathematics including algebra, calculus, discrete mathematics, geometry, history, number theory, probability, statistics and topology.

The accepted authority on the evolution of the English language. Entries contain detailed etymological analyses that trace word development through time and are illustrated by quotations from a wide range of English-language sources.

Includes content from previous editions of the Encyclopedia of Actuarial Science, Encyclopedia of Biostatistics, Encyclopedia of Clinical Trials, Encyclopedia of Environmetrics, Encyclopedia of Quantitative Risk, Assessment & Analysis, Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences, Encyclopedia of Statistics in Behavioral Science, and Encyclopedia of Statistics in Quality & Reliability.