The 113th edition of 'Pears Cyclopaedia' opens a window on the new world of the 21st century. There are major sections covering world affairs and economics, literature and music, and science, medicine and the environment. The detailed world gazetteer has updated census figures, and other sections cover subjects as diverse as sporting winners, art terms and money matters (complete with the latest tax tables). Specialist scientific topics included in this new edition range from contemporary views of the universe to new developments in microscopy. In the arts, there is an expanded Literary Companion as well as special articles on subjects ranging from sci-fi films (in the popular Cinema section) to the modern orchestra.