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Subatomic Physics (2nd Edition) Hardcover – January 14, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0138594305 ISBN-10: 0138594309 Edition: 2nd

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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley; 2 edition (January 14, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0138594309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0138594305
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Henley and García's presentation and style hold the reader's attention right from the start. The treatment is at just the right level to whet the reader's appetite, slake their thirst for understanding and assess the current `state of the art' ... this is a highly enlightening and up-to-date text, rather ambitious in its scope but successful in its aim to provide a comprehensive and comprehensible pedagogic overview of an exciting field of physics. --Contemporary Physics --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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An explanation of the basic concepts of theoretical and experimental nuclear and particle physics.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I used this book in an undergraduate nuclear physics course. We studied under a working theoretical physicist who uses quantum field theory pretty much everyday, I suppose. I thought the book was pretty good, and had good physical insights. The math derivations always seemed to be pretty transparent so as not to obscure the physics behind it. The problems seemed a little terse, so the instructor expanded some and added some of his own on the assignments. The book assumes a level of competency in quantum mechanics which may not be there for all readers. Also, I thought that the authors didn't highlight the most important points sufficiently. Nevertheless, I think the book is very good, and is a nice introduction to the subject.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Paul T. Debevec on January 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
This review is an edit. I would change the 5 stars to 3 stars, if there were this option. I adopted Subatomic Physics 3rd ed. by Henley and Garcia for my physics course at Illinois for the spring, 2008 semester. The 3rd ed. is an update to the 2nd ed. by Frauenfelder and Henley. The new material accounts for 30 out of some 600 pages. The figures are redrawn, there are now some color photos, but the equations and problems are all from the 2nd edition. The sections on experimental techniques, symmetries and conservation laws, and models are adequate. The section on interactions (1/3 of the text) has major problems. The theoretical treatment is on very shaky ground. Basic quantum mechanics is violated, because advanced quantum mechanics is beyond the scope of the book. For my taste, not a good compromise. Other problems are references useful only to experts, no appendices with constants and particle properties, and no online errata for the all too many typos.
Paul T. Debevec
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By octopus77 on November 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I just got my hands on the first edition of this book, came to Amazon to see if anything newer was available and got disappointed in the low rating of the book. My only goal in writing this brief review is to say that there are people out there who just like myself might like this book.
The book nicely blends particle and nuclear physics stressing phenomena rather than pure mathematics. Just as the editorial review states, the book gives many examples of "back of the envelope" calculations again stressing the idea and simplifying the details. The bibliography is truly impressive. The footnotes on every page contain references to the original papers and/or reviews where the idea being discussed was either presented for the first time or where one can find a rather clear exposition of it. As for the reason for such a book I think it would be nice to meet all the players of the subatomic world before "skipping straight to QFT" as another reviewer put it.
So why do I give this book only 4 stars? The main reason is that I have only seen the first edition and feel it would be misleading to rate the third edition so highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cornelius Mattey on October 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
Plenty of content, but considering the price of the text it would pain me not to mention the sloppiness in execution. Steps in derivations are missed, in such a way that only leads to wasted time I understand that in some cases space can be saved by omitting elementary steps, but there's no excuse for doing so on tougher point. The writing style lacks, uneconomical and not especially clear. In fact the prose content does little to develop physical concepts in the readers mind, instead serving merely as a convenient boundary between derivations. If you wish to obtain an interesting perspective on subatomic physics, while developing a deep understanding of the topic, look elsewhere.
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