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Subatomic Physics [Paperback]

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This is the third and fully updated edition of the classic textbook on physics at the subatomic level. An up-to-date and lucid introduction to both particle and nuclear physics, the book is suitable for both experimental and theoretical physics students at the senior undergraduate and beginning graduate levels. Topics are introduced with key experiments and their background, encouraging students to think and empowering them with the capability of doing back-of-the-envelope calculations in a diversity of situations. Earlier important experiments and concepts as well as topics of current interest are covered, with extensive use of photographs and figures to convey principal concepts and show experimental data. The coverage includes new material on: Detectors and accelerators Nucleon elastic form factor data Neutrinos, their masses and oscillations Chiral theories and effective field theories, and lattice QCD Relativistic heavy ions (RHIC) Nuclear structure far from the region of stability Particle astrophysics and cosmology

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Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Pages   620
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   2.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 13, 2007
Publisher   World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN  9812700579  
ISBN13  9789812700575  

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Subatomic physics 3rd edition is an update, but not a new book  Jan 14, 2008
This review is an edit. I would change the 5 stars to 3 stars, if there were this option. I adopted Subatomic Physics 3rd ed. by Henley and Garcia for my physics course at Illinois for the spring, 2008 semester. The 3rd ed. is an update to the 2nd ed. by Frauenfelder and Henley. The new material accounts for 30 out of some 600 pages. The figures are redrawn, there are now some color photos, but the equations and problems are all from the 2nd edition. The sections on experimental techniques, symmetries and conservation laws, and models are adequate. The section on interactions (1/3 of the text) has major problems. The theoretical treatment is on very shaky ground. Basic quantum mechanics is violated, because advanced quantum mechanics is beyond the scope of the book. For my taste, not a good compromise. Other problems are references useful only to experts, no appendices with constants and particle properties, and no online errata for the all too many typos.
Paul T. Debevec
A good intro into basic constituents of the world  Nov 22, 2007
I just got my hands on the first edition of this book, came to this site to see if anything newer was available and got disappointed in the low rating of the book. My only goal in writing this brief review is to say that there are people out there who just like myself might like this book.
The book nicely blends particle and nuclear physics stressing phenomena rather than pure mathematics. Just as the editorial review states, the book gives many examples of "back of the envelope" calculations again stressing the idea and simplifying the details. The bibliography is truly impressive. The footnotes on every page contain references to the original papers and/or reviews where the idea being discussed was either presented for the first time or where one can find a rather clear exposition of it. As for the reason for such a book I think it would be nice to meet all the players of the subatomic world before "skipping straight to QFT" as another reviewer put it.
So why do I give this book only 4 stars? The main reason is that I have only seen the first edition and feel it would be misleading to rate the third edition so highly.
Comprehensive, but poor  May 22, 2005
Frauenfelder and Henley covers the material you'd want for an undergraduate course in nuclear and particle physics, but it's incredibly poorly done. It's like a paper that was written but never revised. The sequential organization of the book is of little use, the explanations are frequently awkward and impenetrable, and the problems, though numerous, are ambiguous and frustrating. I found myself reading Povh et al., Particles and Nuclei, and other sources so that I could understand the material, and Frauenfelder and Henley so I knew what to do to crank out the assigned problems therein.
ehh...  Mar 6, 2001
My problem with this book is essentially that I don't really see much reason for such a book. Perhaps it was just the class I took using this book (a total waste of time -- we spent more time looking at whether nuclear reactions were allowed based on charge conservation than anything else), but it seems to me that if you're going to study subatomic physics, you might as well skip straight to quantum field theory and actually get a feel for what is going on as opposed to studying the surface of the subject without ever getting into (what seems to me to be) the meat of it.
Good introductory text to subject  Oct 19, 1999
I used this book in an undergraduate nuclear physics course. We studied under a working theoretical physicist who uses quantum field theory pretty much everyday, I suppose. I thought the book was pretty good, and had good physical insights. The math derivations always seemed to be pretty transparent so as not to obscure the physics behind it. The problems seemed a little terse, so the instructor expanded some and added some of his own on the assignments. The book assumes a level of competency in quantum mechanics which may not be there for all readers. Also, I thought that the authors didn't highlight the most important points sufficiently. Nevertheless, I think the book is very good, and is a nice introduction to the subject.

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