Jeff C. Bryan
July 15, 2008
by CRC Press
Textbook - 264 Pages - 116 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420061642 - CAT# 6164X
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.
"This is an excellent first guide to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying many aspects of the nuclear sciences, from the basics of radioactive decay to nuclear medicine and other applications of radioactivity. It is well written, combining good robust science with clarity and ease of reading."
—Nick Evans, Reviews, July 2011, No. 22, Vol 12
… 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