In this Question about computer science jargon, most answers to date are electronic resources and that makes sense.

But I would like to know if there are printed japanese/english or japanese/german dictionary which gives careful consideration to scientific, technological and philosophical (analytical, epistemology) meanings of kanjis without being too difficult to peruse for a non-native learner. I would not be able to comfortably use a japanese-only reference.

It does not need to be strictly a dictionary. I am interested in printed books about scientific japanese writing for instance, or specialized documents with a glossary for that specialty. I remember among other things seing a japanese colleague with a nice book about german philosophical concepts and their kanji approximation and translation. I presume there are other such books in areas such as biology, cognitive sciences, physics, history of science.

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    I can't help you with printed resources, but a trick I often use to translate a technical term is looking at the Japanese Wikipedia page that's linked to the English page. For instance, the English page on existentialism links to a Japanese page entitled 実存主義, hence I am fairly confident that 実存主義 is the word for existentialism. This isn't a great answer, but it's better than nothing.
    – Amanda S
    Jun 23, 2011 at 7:02
  • It is a nice trick, nevertheless.
    – ogerard
    Jul 2, 2011 at 17:57

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http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/cgi-bin/wwwjdic.cgi?1C has many dictionaries, including some scientific ones.

But you asked for print media...

There are others, too. Searching Amazon for "japanese english dictionary scientific" is a good start.

Thanks to the rules here, 2 of those don't get linked. You'll have to copy and paste.


Books: Basic Technical Japanese by Edward Daub, et.al Intermediate Technical Japanese

Search for "Technical Japanese Series" on amazon or google. There are books that cover specific science/engineering areas.

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