An "Introduction to Nuclear Physics" book

In summary, the conversation is about recommendations for a book on Introduction to Nuclear Physics. The person is looking for a book that gives a deep insight into physics concepts with a strong mathematical background. Fraunfelder and Henley are suggested as good options, with the third edition by Henley and Garcia being more updated. Emilio Segre's book is also mentioned, but it may be out of print. It is noted that older books such as Jackson and Goldstein are still used, but nuclear physics has likely changed significantly since their publication. The book "Particles and Nuclei" by B. Povh et al is also recommended.
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Hi, I am wondering what's the best (or one of the best) available books on Introduction to Nuclear Physics. I started reading Krane's, which is a good book. However I am looking for more options.

I am most interested in books which give a deep insight into physics concepts without lacking of mathematical background (kind of Griffiths style). Griffiths has a book on elementary particles but my teacher said I better look for another book about just nuclear physics.

Thanks
 
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Fraunfelder and Henley seems to be a good book. It goes deeper than Krane. F and H is advanced undergrad and grad textbook.
Emilio Segre also had a good book on nuclear physics but this is probably out of print.
 
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Fraunfelder and Henley

The 3rd edition is Henley and Garcia. Or did you mean an older one? I have the 1st edition; I find it quite dated.
 
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I have the 45 year old edition, so it is probably too old to recommend. I have not taken nuclear physics for 30+ years and do not work in the field.
I just thought it was well written when I looked at it recently. The OP will likely need a more recent text. I do not know the Henley and Garcia text updated version.
We do still use Jackson, and Goldstein and these are even older. However, nuclear physics has probably changed to a greater degree than classical mechanics and classical electrodynamics.
 
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How about

B. Povh et al, Particles and Nuclei, Springer (2014)
 
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1. What is nuclear physics?

Nuclear physics is a branch of physics that studies the properties and behavior of atomic nuclei, including their structure, interactions, and transformations.

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