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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to scattering theory
The previous contribution is a poor and inapporpriate review of this book - which is an excellent introduction to elementary scattering theory (as the title suggests). Gabor theory is clearly not appropriate for the target audience of this book - i.e. entry level graduate students as new users of scattering techniques (neutrons/X-rays) who are not necessarily physicists...
Published on 12 Nov 2011 by Ross Stewart

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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute waste of money
This book is awful, read a book on Gabor theory to understand the physics of this subject. Or the rsc book on powder diffraction, while this book has some defects, it is much better than the one above, although it is nearly seventy pounds. Clegg is good too. You need to read papers in Nature to get the hang of this subject too. The more the better.
Published on 11 Nov 2011 by Mr. Aj Baugh


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to scattering theory, 12 Nov 2011
This review is from: Elementary Scattering Theory: For X-ray and Neutron Users (Paperback)
The previous contribution is a poor and inapporpriate review of this book - which is an excellent introduction to elementary scattering theory (as the title suggests). Gabor theory is clearly not appropriate for the target audience of this book - i.e. entry level graduate students as new users of scattering techniques (neutrons/X-rays) who are not necessarily physicists or mathematicians. By all means, read papers in Nature! But not if you wish to learn the basics of Fourier Transforms and diffraction. If that's what you're after, this is an excellent start.

This book is used as the course textbook for the Oxford School on Neutron Scattering, and the ISIS Neutron Training Course. The feedback from the students on these courses has been positive.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fundamental book on crystallography, 17 Dec 2011
This review is from: Elementary Scattering Theory: For X-ray and Neutron Users (Paperback)
This book is a fantastic introduction to X-ray and neutron diffraction. The author explains very elegantly the fundamental aspects of scattering theory and I would recommend it to anyone in the field; undergrad, postgrad, experimentalist or theorist.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fills an extremely important gap in textbooks on fundamentals of crystallography and diffraction, 16 Nov 2011
This review is from: Elementary Scattering Theory: For X-ray and Neutron Users (Paperback)
Diffraction and other scattering-based methods form far the most important techniques for structural characterisation of materials. Several excellent introductory textbooks on crystallography and diffraction exist, but the need to cover a lot of material means that only limited space can be devoted to treatment of the fundamentals of scattering theory. Sivia's textbook, which is devoted to exactly this subject, therefore fills an important gap. The mathematical emphasis of the book makes it highly complementary to textbooks, such as Hammond's `The Basics of Crystallography and Diffraction'.

The first section of the book is devoted to a review of basic mathematical tools. Anyone with a background in, say, A-level maths or degree-level physical sciences will be able to follow the text readily. The author is an experienced practitioner and teacher in the area of applying mathematical methods in crystallography and materials science, and this section is superb: the treatment of Fourier transforms is as clear as available anywhere.

The following sections of the book are divided between elastic and inelastic scattering, covering diffraction, small angle scattering, reflectivity and spectroscopy. These sections are admirably thorough. The basic ideas such as form factors, scattering from a crystal and the effect of temperature are all addressed, but the reader is also led to the frontiers of modern research in sections, for example, on synchrotron and neutron sources, and total scattering and pair distribution functions.

This is a marvellous book and should be required reading for anyone working in diffraction or materials science.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book, worth every penny !, 15 Nov 2011
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In my view this is the clearest and most concise textbook relating to what can be regarded as a difficult area of science. It is very easy to understand, uses plain simple language and does not overwhelm the reader with maths or physics, nor does it dumb down the science. For anyone doing a PhD in the area this is an invaluable aid.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book, 14 Nov 2011
This review is from: Elementary Scattering Theory: For X-ray and Neutron Users (Paperback)
This is an excellent introduction to neutron and X ray scattering. The author approaches the subject via Fourier transforms - a much simpler approach than that using the full panoply of correlation functions and advanced quantum theory, required for the understanding of existing treatments. The approach is via pictures rather than formalism and it should be very useful to biologists and chemists. Some of the insights in the book will also be new and useful to experienced users of neutron and X-ray scattering.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfectly built up introduction, 29 Sep 2013
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The strength of this book is the ample use of simple and lucid illustrations by which the mathematics become crystal clear. The build-up of the material is excellent, and forms a perfect introduction to why we see what we see by throwing light or particles at chunks of matter.
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute waste of money, 11 Nov 2011
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This book is awful, read a book on Gabor theory to understand the physics of this subject. Or the rsc book on powder diffraction, while this book has some defects, it is much better than the one above, although it is nearly seventy pounds. Clegg is good too. You need to read papers in Nature to get the hang of this subject too. The more the better.
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