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Building Scientific Apparatus [Hardcover]

John H. Moore , Christopher C. Davis , Michael A. Coplan , Sandra C. Greer
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Book Description

July 20, 2009 0521878586 978-0521878586 4
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.

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Editorial Reviews


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

Book Description

Unrivalled in its completeness, this guide to the design and construction of scientific apparatus is essential reading for all scientists and students in physical, chemical and biological sciences, and engineering. Detectors, low-temperature measurements, and high-pressure apparatus, updated engineering specifications, are all new to this edition.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 658 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 4 edition (July 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521878586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521878586
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 8.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent practical guide September 25, 2005
This book is an invaluable resource for any experimentalist. It's a startingly dense yet readable distillation of the information you really need to have at your fingertips if you're going to make an experiment work. The emphasis is on breadth and need-to-know rather than depth; this book will not replace (nor does it pretend to replace) specialized books on the sub-topics, but for, say, an optics person wanting to know what to say to a machinist to get a job done quickly, efficiently, with appropriate materials and tolerances, and most of all, to have it all work at the end without breaking the budget . . . this is your book. Covers mechanical design, materials, optics (photon and electron varieties), electronics, and temperature control.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference for building apparatus July 7, 2004
As the title implies, this book is an excellent reference. You can learn what materials you need to perform the experiments; you can even find the suppliers' names from the book. Excellent!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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My son chose to enter this year's science fair with an advance project that required vacume chamber construction, optics, and the original charged particle detection systems. This book is a perfect guide towards building most any mid-level research instrument.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should have this book! October 3, 2004
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No lab should be without a copy of this book! It has everything from lasers, to optical mounts, sand casting, screws, glass work, etc...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch! November 9, 2006
I have a library of nearly 500 books on optics and this falls in the top 5. But this book not only covers optics (theoretical and practical, lens design to thin-film deposition), it also include topics such as vacuum physics (better than standard texts such as Harris), electronic design and mechanical design considerations.

Any inventor, systems engineer and instrument builder must have a copy of this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very useful April 5, 2006
this is a great book to design and build instruments. It will give you a quick background on pretty much every thing you need to know for instrumentation. I'm a physicist by training, but I realized that when it comes to build stuff, there are many gaps in my 'tech' expertize. This book helps me fill those gaps.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From begginer to expert, this book covers it all... November 5, 2009
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I had an early edition of this book and was very impressed with it, although some of the sections seemed a little dated. Now, with this new edition, the authors have done a fine job of updating the sections that have changed and added even more information and reference data to draw upon. I highly recommend this book if your a student in a lab or professional building out a new experiment or just basically want to some more in-depth knowledge on how to implement various scientific instruments.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I recently purchased the updated edition of this book, after having owned the previous edition for many years. It is concise, well-written, expertly illustrated and thoroughly referenced.

The book covers a number of areas, all of which I've had occasion to use in my career as a materials scientist and chemist. The book is aimed at the practical aspects of design, construction and use of apparatus, primarily what might be termed "physics apparatus", but the principles may be applied to many scientific fields. It provides sufficient theory and mathematics necessary for an understanding of the designs, as well as pointing out common pitfalls.

When I am designing and building equipment this book is never out of reach.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Make your physics people vey happy
I bought this for my son-in-law and he was thrilled with it. He's hardly put it down since receiving it.
Published 6 months ago by OKDeb
5.0 out of 5 stars For Technicians or Hobbyists
Great book for anyone doing research! If you need a good reference for the basics, this would have to be it.
Published 7 months ago by Dennis J. Meredith
4.0 out of 5 stars awesome book
i bought this to help me build a new instrument and it was great, gave a lot of great ideas for optics
Published 12 months ago by lenny breindel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great overview
This book gives a great overview over most lab equipment and introduces the basic principles. It's a good place to start learning about equipment in an efficient way.
Published 17 months ago by S. Haendel
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
I work designing precision instruments and this book has a lot of good information covering much ground over the different aspects of apparatus design and operation.
Published 19 months ago by Patricio Schurter
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for any experimentalist
This text was required reading for joining an experimental research laboratory and I am able to reference it when attempting to work with anything hands-on in the laboratory for... Read more
Published 21 months ago by laasworld
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential for every science grad student
This book is an amazing compendium of information essential to being a great scientist. Unlike most science related books, which teach only the theory behind instrumentation, the... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Savellthesalmon
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book for scientific researchers who want to make their own...
We appear to be in a society that does not encourage the ability to make physical objects with one's hands (living, as we are, in an age of software). Read more
Published on December 22, 2011 by Dr. I. R. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Modern Reference for the Scientist/Engineer
I have some of the best physics/engineering texts in my library. This one is one of my favorites. An incredible resource for the modern scientists or engineer. Read more
Published on November 25, 2011 by Graham Orr
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource
I am studying a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, and I found this reference an excellent way to fill in the gap between engineering design (in which I am experienced) and the design... Read more
Published on September 5, 2011 by Paul Minty
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