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Building Scientific Apparatus

4th Edition


  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521878586


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  • Unrivaled in its coverage and unique in its hands-on approach, this practical guide to the design and construction of scientific apparatus, or laboratory instruments, is essential reading for every scientist and student of engineering, and physical, chemical, and biological sciences. Featured in this great new edition are features including the physical principles governing the operation of the mechanical, optical and electronic parts of an instrument, new sections on detectors, low-temperature measurements, high-pressure apparatus, and updated engineering specifications. 400 hand drawn figures and tables, have been added to this edition, which basically teaches scientists and engineers how to perform experiments.

    • Describes the step-by-step mechanical construction of apparatus, practical electronics design, glass-blowing, tricks of the trade and laboratory techniques, to enable the reader to start working in the lab straight away
    • Features new sections on detectors, low-temperature measurements, high-pressure apparatus and updated engineering specifications for all those who bought the previous editions
    • Supported by over 400 figures and tables, to permit specification of the components of apparatus
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Pre-Publication Praise: "This new edition includes updates throughout, and will continue to serve as a bookshelf standard in laboratories around the world. I never like to be too far from this book!"
    Jason Hafner, Rice University, Houston, Texas

    Pre-Publication Praise: "… the first book I reach for to remind myself of an experimental technique, or to start learning a new one. With valuable additions …, the newest addition will be a welcome replacement for our lab's well-thumbed previous editions of BSA."
    Brian King, McMaster University, Canada

    Pre-Publication Praise: "… a mine of useful information ranging from tables of the properties of materials to lists of manufacturers and suppliers. This book would be an invaluable resource in any laboratory in the physical sciences and beyond."
    George King, University of Manchester

    Pre-Publication Praise: "… concentrating several careers' worth of equipment-building experience into a single volume—a thoroughly revised and updated edition of a 25-year-old classic.. It is a "must-have" on the shelf of every research lab."
    Nicholas Spencer, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zürich

    Pre-Publication Praise: "This book is a unique resource for the beginning experimenter, and remains valuable throughout a scientist's career. Professional engineers I know also own and enjoy using the book."
    Eric Zimmerman, University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado

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    Product details

    • Edition: 4th Edition
    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521878586
    • length: 658 pages
    • dimensions: 242 x 217 x 35 mm
    • weight: 1.68kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Mechanical design and fabrication
    2. Working with glass
    3. Vacuum technology
    4. Optical systems
    5. Charged-particle optics
    6. Electronics
    7. Detectors
    8. Measurement and control of temperature

  • Authors

    John H. Moore, University of Maryland, College Park

    Christopher C. Davis, University of Maryland, College Park

    Michael A. Coplan, University of Maryland, College Park

    Sandra C. Greer, Mills College, California

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