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Measurement and Detection of Radiation, Third Edition 3rd Edition

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ISBN-10: 1420091859
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… a very good textbook, providing a solid introduction to radiation detection and measurement for upper-level undergraduate and first-year graduate students in the field of nuclear science and engineering.
Medical Physics, July 2012

This book provides a solid introduction to radiation detection and measurement for upper-level undergraduate and first-year graduate students in the fields of nuclear science and engineering. … it may be used as a good background reference by those interested in a refresher course in the physics underlying detection. The review chapters on statistics, atomic and nuclear physics, interaction of radiation with matter, and data analysis methods are well written and could appeal to medical physicists.
―Olivier Gayou, Doody’s Listings and Reviews, August 2011

This book is an excellent review of nuclear detection systems. The updated text is particularly timely with regard to the current zeitgeist for homeland security, nuclear non-proliferation, and nuclear security.
―Professor Steven Biegalski, University of Texas at Austin, USA

About the Author

Nicholas Tsoulfanidis is an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada in Reno and professor emeritus at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Since June 1997, he has been the editor of Nuclear Technology, an international journal published by the American Nuclear Society.

Sheldon Landsberger is the coordinator of the Nuclear and Radiation Engineering Program and a Hayden Head Centennial Endowed Professor at the University of Texas in Austin. He has been a recipient of the Arthur Holly Compton Award from the American Nuclear Society.

Both Dr. Tsoulfanidis and Dr. Landsberger have been recipients of the Glenn Murphy Award from the American Society for Engineering Education.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 518 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 3 edition (December 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420091859
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420091854
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #752,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Of the various radiation detection and measurement books available, this one is by far the easiest to understand. It is concise and does not ramble on with extraneous details. One learns the basic concepts and theory, thus allowing the reader to develop a clear knowledge base without becoming lost in disjointed detail. The reviewer learned from the first edition of Tsoulfanidis' book as an undergraduate two decades ago, and is grateful that no other text was used for the course. The reviewer also owns the second edition. The reviewer recommends that those desiring to learn about radiation measurements and radiation detectors strongly consider using Dr. Tsoulfanidis' text as a first step towards their education in nuclear science and engineering.
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This book contains the essential summaries from more advanced books such as Robley D. Evans's "The Atomic Nucleus." The author has a very clear and concise method of presenting data to the reader. Many updates in the 3rd edition take into account the focus of radiation detection in the 21st century. Some information from the 2nd edition was removed due to being outdated.

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My rating is based purely on the book's content and not the quality of the publisher. The publisher (CRC Press) did a horrific job with this book. Almost every single page has a typo of some form or another. Equations are cut off at the bottom, so most of the equations in the book have halfed subscripts. Many small typos like forgetting a ' here and there make a big difference. For example, equation 4.48 on page 123 states
T=E_gamma-E_gamma
Which means that the kinetic energy of a Compton scattered electron is always zero! The second E_gamma was supposed to have a prime ('), which changes the meaning to the kinetic energy of a Compton scattered electron is the initial photon energy minus the scattered photon energy.

I am nervous to see what CRC Press does to Douglas McGregor's radiation detection book (scheduled to be published in Oct. 2014). The only good thing I can say about the publisher is that they sent out an errata with the book that pointed out about 20 typos. Honestly I am amazed that they sent this book out at all in this condition. I think it speaks volumes for the lack of character of CRC Press.
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Tsoulfanidis and Landsberger need to hire editors! The second edition at least had the dignity to provide an errata sheet. There are errors in some of the equations and just sloppy mistakes, like stating that C-13 is used for the basic definition of the mole. Generally, the authors do a good job of presenting the material but purchase the second edition, it will be cheaper and you will get an errata sheet.
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I used this text for my Radiation Measurements lab, with Dr. Tsoulfanidis. He is an extremely knowledgable man, and it comes across in the book. Very understandable and VERY informative.
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