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Radiation Detection and Measurement 3rd Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0471073383
ISBN-10: 0471073385
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Solutions Manual available. -- The publisher, John Wiley & Sons --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A new edition of the most comprehensive text/reference available on the methods and instrumentation used in the detection of ionizing radiation. Updated to reflect advances since the first edition came out in 1979. Retains the general organization of the first edition--all topics of importance are covered in sufficient detail to lead the reader from basic principles to examples of modern applications. Covers modern engineering practice; provides useful design information; and contains an up-to-date and thorough review of the literature. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (January 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471073385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471073383
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #959,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This Tome contains so much useful information on the art and science of radiation detection that I hardly can believe I got along without it. Don't let the steep price discourage you. This book is a must-have for any high energy experimental physics graduate student or even undergraduate. It fills many of the gaps between traditional course books and real-world experience and has a series of encyclopedic bibliographies to boot
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A great book but with many, many, and not all corrected in the extensive, yet not definitive, errata list. Make sure you contact the editor for it. I mean, a table of content with page references that don't match, whole chunk of text missing at the very beginning of chapter 14, and then missing words (easy to spot, they left a blank! And I have not read it from cover to cover yet as this turned me off, so who knows what else got missed. And if you are a student, wait until you try to use a formula that has not been printed correctly. Great author, great text, lousy editing and printing. Maybe wait for the fourth edition?
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Quite simply, this book is indispensable for nuclear engineers, health physicists, plasma and high energy physicists, and anyone else that works with ionizing radiation detectors on a regular basis.

I have taught a lab course for junior undergraduate and beginning graduate students at a university using the 3rd edition of this book, and found its explanations comprehensive and technically sound. When students didn't understand the concepts presented in class, I found later that more often than not they hadn't read the book thoroughly or attempted the end-of-chapter problems. If I get the opportunity to teach a similar class, I look forward to using the 4th edition.

The book has also been a handy resource for my research, mostly chapter 3, which explains counting statistics in a succinct, understandable way that pure mathematics textbooks typically lack.

The 4th edition fixes a lot of the errata from the 3rd edition, but otherwise is largely unchanged. That's not a bad thing, as the 3rd edition was still excellent. There is some new and updated material as well.

I bought the 3rd edition used and later wished I hadn't, as I got a lot of use out of the book and it became damaged rather easily. I got the 4th edition new, and I expect it to be on my shelf for decades to come.
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This book is a must for anyone working in the field of
radiation detection, and contains a clear, readable description
of the working principles of quite a lot of detector types.
The weaker point is the description of the associated front
end (analogue) electronics that goes with those detectors: it
is a bit concise.
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When I told my dad I was going to grad school for nuclear engineering, he gifted me his first edition copy of Knoll from the 70s/80s. I had to order the 4th edition due to several updates, and they both sit happily next to each other on my shelf.
As other reviewers said, this book is indispensable. I spend more time with it than I do with my boyfriend. If you're in physics, health physics, or nuclear engineering and contemplating renting this or borrowing from a friend, strongly consider just buying your own copy, you'll come back to it for reference time and time again.
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The book is thorough. Need to have a basic understanding of physics and radiation before diving into it, however, as they don't spend a lot of time on the background information. I suggest ordering the solution manual as well...the questions at the ends of the chapters are deep and solutions are not readily available online.
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Knoll's 4th edition is exceedingly good, both comprehensive and very readable. This text provides details and tables in sources, detectors, and methods. It is essential for anyone doing radiation detection for medicine, nuclear physics, even high energy physics.
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An excellent reference text for radiation detection. I've only used it as a reference to gain more details about specific detectors.
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