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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for the experimentalist., 21 Jan. 2002
This review is from: Electrostatics: Exploring, Controlling and Using Static Electricity/Includes the Dirod Manual (Paperback)
The mark of any good book, not just a technical book, is that each chapter you read should leave you wanting to read more - and this little gem certainly lives up to that criterion. I have just two points of criticism. The first is that from the title, you have no way of knowing that this is a book that is almost entitrely about INDUCED static electricity. There is VERY little about friction-generated static electricity, e.g. from a Van deGraff generator. For most of the book, the author discusses the features his own
invention, a induction generator which he has dubbed a Dirod. This is an ingenious device, but I would have liked a little more comparison with other well-known types of generator.
The other is that this is purely an experimentalists book - there are hardly any equations or mathematics to explain things. This will be of course seen as a huge bonus to some people, but personally, while I despise heavy mathematical works which are devoid of plain explanations in english and diagrams, it is reassuring to know a bit of the theory behind what you are doing rather than blundering in the dark and experimenting at random. That said, the descriptions of the phenomena are conveyed with a great clarity and enthusiasm, which will leave you wanting to hunt out more on the subject from other sources.
There is also a very good discussion on the principles of capacitors, and many paragraphs on individual effects and applications of electrostatics.
To the mathematician, this book should demonstrate how good old fashioned logical reasoning and creativity can count for far more in an inexact science that numbers and formulas. To the tinkerer, it is a dream.
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