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Basic Decompression Theory and Application 3rd Edition Hardcover – June 10, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1930536456 ISBN-10: 1930536453 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Best Publishing Company; 3rd edition (June 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930536453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930536456
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,385,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bruce Wienke is a Program Manager in the Nuclear Weapons Technology/Simulation and Computing Office at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). He received a B.S. in physics and mathematics from Northern Michigan University, M.S. in nuclear physics from Marquette University and Ph.D. in particle physics from Northwestern University.

He contributes to underwater symposiums, decompression workshops, and is the author of many books on the subject. He is an Instructor Trainer with the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) and is a Master Instructor with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors PADI). He also serves as a consultant for decompression algorithms in the diving industry.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By techdiver on November 29, 2010
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I have also read Wienke's "Technical Diving in Depth" and "Reduced Gradient Bubble Model in Depth" in addition to this one; I must say that this is my favorite.

I found that in contrast with the two above mentioned books, Wienke is not being too brief, or too divergent and succeeds in justifying the title of the book. That said, someone who has read the other two books will identify a fair amount of regurgitating text.

I would recommend this book to anyone who feels competent with mathematics (an A-Level should be suffice), and seeks to find more about the inner mechanisms of diving algorithms. Finally if I were to buy only one book out of the three this would be it.

What I liked best from this book was the exercise section at the end of each chapter.
What I disliked most was the use of imperial units.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. A. M. Hopmans on November 2, 2008
Although I studied mathematics ( longtime ago though) the jumps are sometimes too big. I think Bruce Wienke should have asked himself for whom am I writing this book? For a diver? A scientist? A diver/mathematician?
Second I think the contents of the book could have better organised. Sometimes I am reading the same arguments three or more times.
I like very much the exercises at the end of each chapter. That helps in understanding the theoretical part
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter R. on December 14, 2011
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This book examines the mathematics behind decompression, and so it is titled THEORY. If you like mathematics, formulas, lots of symbols, working with equations ... Oh Baby, this book is for you. If you are looking for a book on understanding decompression, technically, then ok. For example, you are a robotic engineer, and you want to build a specialized sub. My guess is that this book can be used in very advanced courses of decompression, in the classroom. Possibly for those with a MATH degree already in their hip pocket, next to their utility knife.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen Ng on September 7, 2011
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Doing my divemaster helped me to pick up my interest in physics which is why I ordered this book. What divers learn in decompression theory was the superficial one, but this book shows you all the detailed information and equations of how and why decompression occurs. From molecules to gases to pressures, it was all very detailed. Unless you have a deep and growing interest for physics and decompression theory, otherwise reading it from the PADI encyclopedia would be good enough for your knowledge. The need to understand this book requires a lot of patience and time. But once you manage to know what's going on with the contents and equations, I'm sure your love for decompression theory will grow by depth.
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By Michael C. on December 9, 2013
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While I'm sure that this book is technically sound, it is a very difficult read. The title is misleading in that unless you are very mathematically and scientifically oriented, it is certainly not "Basic". It is definitely not for the casual reader, but if you are persistent and patient you will probably get a lot of useful information from it.
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