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Building Scientific Apparatus


  • Page extent: 658 pages
  • Size: 234 x 213 mm
  • Weight: 1.68 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521878586)

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Unrivaled in its coverage and unique in its hands-on approach, this practical guide to the design and construction of scientific apparatus, or laboratory instruments, is essential reading for every scientist and student of engineering, and physical, chemical, and biological sciences. Featured in this great new edition are features including the physical principles governing the operation of the mechanical, optical and electronic parts of an instrument, new sections on detectors, low-temperature measurements, high-pressure apparatus, and updated engineering specifications. 400 hand drawn figures and tables, have been added to this edition, which basically teaches scientists and engineers how to perform experiments.


1. Mechanical design and fabrication; 2. Working with glass; 3. Vacuum technology; 4. Optical systems; 5. Charged-particle optics; 6. Electronics; 7. Detectors; 8. Measurement and control of temperature; Index.


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!"
Contemporary Physics

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