Introduction to Experimental Physics

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Introduction to Experimental Physics

Post by Richard Hull » Mon Jun 06, 2005 3:32 pm

The above title is authored by Fretter and the original hard back came out in 1954. Dover created a paper back reprint in the sixties and it underwent several long printings.

The paper back can be readily acquired in the $10-$20 range while the single printing 1954 hardback is vastly more expensive. $35.00 and up. Same book though.

This is a very valuable reference as it gives hard data about real experiments with only those equations needed to do the work with all the unseen and normally unspoken gottcha's that are encountered in the real world construction.

It gives intimate details and needed equations for the design of linear accelerators, cyclotrons and many, many more MODERN high end physics projects.

This book is rated FANTASTIC by me. A one stop reference for the assembling, laboratory physicist or amateur scientist that is very serious and looking to hit the high end after tiring of fluff projects.

This is not a lofty, nose-in-the-air, physics text. It is a get-your-hands-dirty, how-to book for laboratory physicists.

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Re: Introduction to Experimental Physics

Post by winterhaven » Mon Jun 06, 2005 8:42 pm

Thanks for the hot tip, as soon as I read the post I snatched up one of the 3 available on amazon.com.
Your post would make a great review for this book on amazon, which they do not currently have.
A LOT of other interesting titles came up when I put the title in for a search that looked from the titles to be speaking at the right level of background knowledge for a lot of us. Titles including "Introduction to Experimental Plasma Physics" and "Introduction to Experimental Nuclear Physics"
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Re: Introduction to Experimental Physics

Post by Richard Hull » Tue Jun 07, 2005 2:58 pm

Todd, once you get your copy and look at it, post your opinions and review as a reply to this post. It is always good to get a second opinion.

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Re: Introduction to Experimental Physics

Post by winterhaven » Sat Jun 18, 2005 7:41 am

I received my copy of Introduction to Experimental Physics yesterday and I must say Richard is right on with this one, it's really a great book. I can't believe how many interesting topics are covered in this relatively small book I am not feeling ambitious enough to type out the entire table of contents, but it is amazing. I could have easily bought several books looking for the information provided here. I love the fact that each chapter stands alone, not requiring you to search back through previous chapters to make sense of the one that you are interested in reading at the moment. It is also excellent in the way that it truly is written for someone who is going to build what is described, giving you everything you want and nothing you don't.

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Re: Introduction to Experimental Physics

Post by Richard Hull » Mon Jun 20, 2005 3:21 pm

Thanks Todd for the fine review. This is the way this forum should be used! I am not happy because Todd agreed with me, but that the book was just what he wanted and my effort to help others out was rewarded.

Todd mimes my comments exactly. The book is a must have for doers in many areas of physics.

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Re: Introduction to Experimental Physics

Post by Jon Rosenstiel » Thu Jun 23, 2005 6:11 pm

Ok, ok, you guys have sold me! I've got the book on order. (Powell's Books. $8.00 plus $3.50 shipping)

Thanks for the reports.

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Re: Introduction to Experimental Physics

Post by Richard Hull » Thu Jun 23, 2005 6:17 pm

Jon,

OOPS!

You might get a canceled order on that....I ordered and received two copies from Powells last week at $8.00 each. They were the very rare, hardback originals. One for my lab and one for my library. Maybe they had more, but I suppose it is just sluggish removal of sold items. I do hope you manage to get a copy. They are not rare in paper back.

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Re: Introduction to Experimental Physics

Post by Jon Rosenstiel » Thu Jun 23, 2005 6:42 pm

I received an e-mail two days ago saying it has been shipped. Supposed to be a hardcover copy.

Hope all is well with my order!

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Re: Introduction to Experimental Physics

Post by Richard Hull » Thu Jun 23, 2005 7:22 pm

Powell's specializes in rare scientific texts. They must have this particular title stacked up to the cieling!. I have bought many a copy of superb older science books from them over the last 8 years.

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Re: Introduction to Experimental Physics

Post by Mike Veldman » Tue Jul 19, 2005 4:40 pm

I just realised I have a copy of this book. It's a great book for an experimenter. I found it in the pile of stuff pertaining to my cyclotron project, with sticky flags on several pages. The books I use alll suffer from the flags thing. Mine is a 1954 hardbound, had it for years. I think what I like the most about it is its simplicity and directness, what I mean by this is that the author simply states the concept and gives the pertainant formulae and sends me on my way. I grow weary wading theough ponderous verbage to find out if I can apply any of the printed knowlege to my idea, this guy (author) apparently suffers the same dilema.

This is a great book for people who like to build things.

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