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Building Scientific Apparatus 4th Edition
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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
"... a fascinating and extremely useful reference work. Anyone who works with scientific apparatus will benefit from this book, undergraduate students, professors, technicians and postdocs. If you do not have one already, buy one now!"
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.
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It has a great description of machine shop capabilities (and the basics of how to machine parts), and an intro to glass blowing. After that is where the book really takes off and discusses more directly related topics: Building/maintaining vacuum chambers, optics, lasers, and electronics each of which are given adequate space in the book. The authors include a lot of the basic theory of each chapter in an easily understandable manner (which is not necessarily unique to this book). But the real treasure trove in this book is the practical, almost hands-on information that is so often overlooked in science labs. For instance the the chapter on electronics starts out with the theory of electronics and description of different components, but then moves on to discusses the intricacies of grounds and grounding, different sources of noise and info specific to power supplies, and data acquisition. Finally, the last part of the electronics chapter discusses logistics and practical information such as component selection, printed circuit boards, board design, and even a primer on essential techniques like how to solder electrical components correctly.
All in all, this is a great book for anyone, equally helpful for someone starting out as a young scientist or an experienced scientist beginning a new scientific endeavor. All you have to do is look through the table of contents and I'm sure you'll agree.
This books gives a grounding in basic engineering skills and the technical data and summaries needed to apply most contemporary scientific gear. I found the overviews of electronics for signal conditioning, the basics of hooking together DAQs and sensors and the various small mechanisms that have evolved to fulfill the needs for accurate positioning and motion control.
If you are starting out building scientific apparatus, get equipment with excellent manuals and a copy of this book. Later on you might slap together an awesome measurement system from hand-me-downs and scrap and your awesome experience, but start with something basic. This book is an excellent way to get up to speed and make a start.