Building physics instruments

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Building physics instruments

Post by Richard Hull » Thu Apr 25, 2002 4:14 am

The following two books are incredible and highly recommended as being the plus ultra in combo physics instrumentation "how-to" books with a lot of good, if dated, material sciences info tossed in for good measure.


"Procedures in Experimental Physics", Strong, 1938. Lots of printings and modern paper backs. My guess is that most of the best and most capable in this forum already have a falling apart, pepsi stained, dog earred copy of this magnum opus laying around amongst the old pizza boxes and disgarded chippo bags on the lab bench. Nuff said

"Building Scientific Apparatus", Moore, Davis and Coplan, 1989. A modern version of Strong's 1938 book on steroids. Into its eleventh printing!! Really superb. How to make ion guns!!!, etc. Complete and detail specs on NIM with simple interface circuits, IEE buss specs and much, much more...........

Ya' can't really say you have a lab or library without these two books.

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Re: Building physics instruments

Post by DaveC » Sat May 25, 2002 7:55 am

Thanks for the references, Richard. I looked for the
"Building Scientific Apparatus... book on Google.. had many potential suplliers, of the paperback. Got the 2nd edition in nearly perfect hardback about $30 plus handling. Great reference!!

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Post by bwsparxz » Tue Feb 11, 2003 1:14 am

Just got a copy of Procedures of Experimental Physics. An absolutely great book. The chapter on high vacuum is a good reference. And I have found solutions to projects I want to do. Especially the induction and metal melting under vacuum . Also on sputtering. A MUST HAVE. A deal for just $25.

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Post by Mike Veldman » Thu Feb 13, 2003 7:20 pm

Trying to get into the book review groove here. I have both of these texts and have used them both many times over the years. No matter how many things one has built in his life, seeing a diagram or picture of someone elses construct can be very valuable, not to mention time saving. I highly recomend both of these as well.
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Re: Building physics instruments

Post by Richard Hull » Fri Feb 14, 2003 10:26 pm

Pictures are, indeed, worth a thousand words. The style of technical drawing seen in these refs, particularly in Strong's book, is a virtual lost art in scientific works nowadays. They remind me of the superlative drawings in the Amateur Scientist section of Scientific American when it was in its prime during the 50's and 60's. Profusely illustrated is an understatement when describing these books.

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Post by MarkS » Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:53 pm

I actually picked up a copy of the book from the University library. It's probably the number one book to read/have if you're planning to build a fusor, especially if you have no relevant skills. Interestingly enough, this fantastic book is online free for all to read.

http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&id= ... lt#PPP1,M1

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Post by tligon » Wed Oct 08, 2008 11:28 pm

Dr. Bussard had Moore Davis Coplan, so I bought Strong. They complement each other nicely. Strong is particularly intriguing for dirt-poor DIY hobby scientists, and at least gives us a great perspective for the state of the art around the time the linear accelerator was invented.

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Re: Building physics instruments

Post by Richard Hull » Fri Oct 10, 2008 2:06 pm

If you don't mind critical pages of info being withheld, the online book is a great way to review content. Unfortunately, the critical charged particle duo-plasmatron page is restricted and not present, page 371. They knew just which page to clip out.

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Post by MarkS » Sat Oct 11, 2008 3:13 am

I can post the missing pages on tuesday afternoon.

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Re: Building physics instruments

Post by Chris Bradley » Sat Oct 11, 2008 9:07 am

Bear in mind likely copyright issues of posting such materials on this forum. google.books may have some arrangement to which this site is not a party.

Materials >50 years old are not copyrighted in most countries, but under that age you can get into trouble.

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