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Readers interested in a brief glimpse into how mathematics influences everyday life should consider this new encyclopedia set, edited by Greenwald and Thomley (both, mathematical sciences, Appalachian State Univ.). Contributors introduce topics that professionals regard as important without employing heavy-handed theory or equations. The result is some 480 articles--500 to 3,500 words long--that cover topics ranging from architecture to weather. With only a handful of sketches of mathematicians, this publication does not replace notable biographical dictionaries. Certainly, single books like Jason Brown's Our Days Are Numbered (2010) and conference proceedings like Mathematics and Culture, edited by Michele Emmer (e.g., v. 6, 2009; v. 1, CH, Nov'04, 42-1621), address the impact of mathematics, but never before has an encyclopedia set done so. The topic finder, glossary, and index are helpful. Readers should be aware that the last date in the chronology is 2006. Although the "Resource Guide" is useful, the set lacks an aggregated "Further Readings" section based on the individual entries. Signed entries lack author affiliations (these are buried in another section). The print set offers an activation code for online access. Unfortunately, the online version was not fully functional at the time of the review. The search and index tab produced content that duplicated the print version's, but the browse function and glossary were not working correctly (from CHOICE Reviews Online, July '12)