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Blatt vs. Krane (Nuclear Physics)

  1. Apr 29, 2014 #1
    I will be needing to pick up a nuclear physics book one of these days. Krane seems to be a pretty popular recommendation, but the price is a little but high. I've heard good things about Blatt, but never in comparison to Krane. So how does Blatt hold up to Krane? Are they suitable for the same demographic?
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  3. May 3, 2014 #2


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    Blatt's text may be dated, but some find it useful for the background material, at least up until about 1979 (co-authored with Viktor Weisskopf), or so. Dover apparently republished the old edition.

    Blatt died in 1990, so his books are dated, unless someone revised an edition since then.

    Interesting bio - http://web.maths.unsw.edu.au/~jim/blatt.html
  4. May 4, 2014 #3
    As for Krane, the price is not an invariant: it depends on the reference frame :-)
    http://www.amazon.it/Introductory-Nuclear-Physics-Kenneth-Krane/dp/047180553X (original Wiley hardcover at 53 euros, plus what, 15 euros shipping?)
    https://www.amazon.com/Introductory-Nuclear-Physics-Kenneth-Krane/dp/8126517859 (Indian paperback used -but like new- edition at about 30 bucks included shipping - I have this one and I have to tell that the paper and the print are surprisingly good - I wasn't so lucky with Eisberg&Resnick though)

    If you are concerned about buying an (allegedly used) Indian edition in the US, you might want to read this: http://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/11-697
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  5. May 4, 2014 #4
    Interesting. Well I'm not opposed to paying a high price for Krane if it really is a good book (if I'm going to buy it and keep it on my bookshelf, I'd prefer the hardcover), it just might have to wait a little while.
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