There are many excellent nuclear chemistry textbooks available for teaching science or engineering seniors or graduate students, but very few for those lacking a more extensive science and math background. And many of them are slipping out of date. Clearly, a more appropriate text is necessary. Introduction to Nuclear Science provides a much-needed textbook for those seeking a more accessible introduction to the topic.
Simple in its concept but elegant in its execution, the book provides a complete introduction to nuclear chemistry and physics, including fundamental concepts, relevant mathematics, current applications, and health issues. The author covers energetics, radioactive decay, nuclear reactions, interactions of radiation with matter, detection methods, and safety measures, including monitoring and regulations. The text also includes material relevant to medical professionals generating and using ionizing radiation for diagnostics and therapy. It provides a balanced view of important contemporary topics such as nuclear power, weapons, and food/mail irradiation.
The text is classroom tested and the author assumes his audience has a limited science and math background that includes some knowledge of algebra and general chemistry. The book not only helps educators teaching nuclear science to undergraduates without a calculus prerequisite, but fills the coming need to educate a new generation of workers in the nuclear industry. The text is also useful to scientists making a career move to the growing nuclear industry.
This volume works well in conjunction with other CRC lab manuals. Check out Experiments in Nuclear Science.
A Biological Threat?
The Chart of the Nuclides
THE MATHEMATICS OF RADIOACTIVE DECAY
Atomic Masses and Average Atomic Masses
The Nature of Decay
ENERGY AND THE NUCLEUS
Total Energy of Decay
RADIOACTIVE DECAY: THE GORY DETAILS
Multiple Decay Modes
The Valley of Beta Stability
Other Decay Modes
Double Beta Decay
Delayed Particle Emissions
INTERACTIONS OF IONIZING RADIATION WITH MATTER
The Photoelectric Effect
Attenuation of X- and g-Radiation
DETECTION OF IONIZING RADIATION
FISSION AND FUSION
Synthesis of Unknown Elements
NUCLEAR REACTORS AND WEAPONS
Cost of Nuclear Power
Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
RADIATION THERAPY AND FOOD IRRADIATION
Regulations and Recommendations
Conventional X-ray Beams
High-Energy X-ray Beams
Appendix A: Useful Constants, Conversion Factors and Formulas
Appendix B: Periodic Table of the Elements
Appendix C: Table of Chi-Squared
… It manages to unify physical, chemical, biological, medical and technical aspects of nuclear science … Very useful are the many examples given in the text … The quality of the print and figures is good throughout. The book incontrovertibly deserves a recommendation as a good read for students taking a course in nuclear sciences and all interested readers on an undergraduate level.
—Contemporary Physics, Vol. 52, No. 1, January 2011