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Physics of Radioactive Beams Hardcover – February 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-1590331415 ISBN-10: 1590331419

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 431 pages
  • Publisher: Nova Science Publishers (February 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590331419
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590331415
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,373,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Texas A&M University - Commerce, Texas, and a former professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

A theorist (PhD., University of Bonn) working on nuclear physics/astrophysics. He is well known for his theoretical work on peripheral collisions of relativistic heavy ions and for reactions with rare nuclear isotopes.

Bertulani published textbooks on nuclear physics/astrophysics and edited books of international conferences. He likes to popularize science and has taught and mentored students worldwide.

He was a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship in 2000-2001 and of other prestigious awards worldwide.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The book "Physics of Radioactive Beams" by Bertulani, Hussein, and Münzenberg covers one of the thriving fields of nuclear structure and reaction physics, namely unstable ion beams. Due to the immense progress made in this field during the past decade, there is (still) no good textbook available that gives a thorough introduction into the field. Unfortunately, "Physics of Radioactive Beams" does not improve on this deficiency.
The book is very theoretical, which is not a problem by itself, but as motivating thoughts and fundamental definitions used in one of the abundant equations are missing, it becomes very hard to understand for a non-expert. There are, of course, a few exceptions, such as the first and very last chapter of the book that uses more of an experimentalist's approach. From the ordering of the chapters and topics discussed it is difficult to understand what the authors want to convey in a particular chapter. Part of the material is moved to "supplements" which are, however, not indicated as such in the table of contents, and often references in the regular text are made to supplement sections. Thus it is difficult to separate more important information, helpful definitions and results from the mass of unimportant calculations that appear to fill a large fraction of the book.
The book might have its place on the shelves of experienced nuclear physicists working in the field (both theory and experiment) that want to look up a reference or check some details in their favorite reaction model, but as a textbook even for most graduate students it is - all in all - a missed opportunity. Interested readers should rather invest in recent review articles and have a look at the original literature.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is an essential book for those interested in
the physics of nuclei far from the stability valley.
I strongly recommend it.
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I liked this book. The material was fairly well-organized, and very clearly presented. Many quantum mechanics and nuclear physics basic notions were presented to guide the reader to understand the physics of rare nuclear isotopes.
Anyone who has had an introduction to modern physics can handle this book. It is very readable and presents much of the history as it covers the theoretical ideas. Also I thought it had a very good looking cover, and the supplements are very useful for guidance.
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By A Customer on April 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Bertulani et al have compiled all of the relative and essential physics of radioactive beams in such a way that is easy to understand. This text also contained graphs that illustrated points and made them much clearer. The pictures of experiments, although somewhat outdated, also were helpful in the learning process. This is an excellent text for any advanced course of study related to nuclear physics.
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