An impressively thorough, accessible, and up-to-date guide to the hottest areas in the major fields of science. Compiled by Golob, founder and president of World Information Services, a publishing and environmental consulting company based in Cambridge, Mass., and Brus, an editor with WIS, this 544-page work--written (in consultation with experts) by veteran science writers including Golob and Brus--offers an in-depth overview of developments and relevant background in astronomy, biology, brain and behavior, chemistry, computers, the earth sciences, the environment, medicine, and physics. The section on computers, for example, provides an unusually clear yet substantially detailed account of the ""anatomy of a computer,"" thoughtful explorations of computer chip technology, mass storage systems, and supercomputers, a concise history and explanation of artificial intelligence, and a survey of the application of computers to manufacturing and business. The contributions are remarkably fresh; the section on physics, for instance, includes discussion of the very recent controversy over room-temperature cold-fusion experiments at the Univ. of Utah. An excellent resource and primer, as useful for businesspeople--with its levelheaded briefings on practical applications of research breakthroughs--as for the general reader, the book drives its many points home with 75 b&w photographs.