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Handbook of Physics (Springer Reference) Hardcover – 23 Mar 2007

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  • Hardcover: 1186 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 1st ed. 2002. Corr. 2nd printing 2007 edition (23 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038733632X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387336329
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,479,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Benenson (Michigan State Univ., East Lansing) and colleagues have prepared an invaluable compendium of relationships and indexes from every area of physics. Worth its price, it provides students and researchers a ready access to laws and equations that govern physical behavior and current material facts. The topics covered range from classical mechanics to elementary particles. The handbook provides, as one example from mechanics, the latest understanding of the concept of rolling friction. The reference work is enhanced through additional features in each section that include sample examples, applications of the physics described, problem-solving hints, and measurement techniques pertaining to the specific phenomena in the section. The book's layout allows easy accessibility to every topic. It includes a very useful appendix on error analysis, excellent line diagrams, and a comprehensive index."

"The Handbook of Physics edited by W. Benenson, J. W. Harris, H. Stocker and H. Lutz is fantastically good value for money … . This is a massive aide-mémoire for basic physics … ." (Ultramicroscopy, Vol. 99, 2004)

"This veritable toolbox for everyday use in problem solving, homework, examinations, and practical applications of physics provides quick and easy access to a wealth of information including not only the fundamental formulas of physics but also a wide variety of experimental methods used in practice." (Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, Vol. 84 (1-2), 2003)

"This Handbook of Physics is a complete desktop reference for scientists, engineers and students. … Compiled by professional scientists, engineers and lecturers who are experts in the day-to-day use of physics, the Handbook covers topics from classical mechanics to elementary particles, electric circuits to error analysis." (Revista Espanola de Fisica, Vol. 17 (1), 2003)

"The editors have amassed a veritable treasure trove of tables, formulae, relationships and concepts from Mechanics, right across the Physics spectrum to Quantum Physics, that are clearly presented along with examples … . As a teaching academic, I believe that this is a resource well worth having at hand. … Here is a useful addition to the bookshelf in the office … . A copy in the reference section would be a worthwhile library investment." (John Holdsworth, The Physicist, Vol. 39 (6), 2002)

About the Author

Walter Benenson is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University, and a nuclear physicist at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. Benenson was the one of the first physicists to join NSCL founding Director Henry Blosser’s staff in 1963, and was science consultant on the 1991 program Exploring the Hidden Nucleus. His research on rare isotopes forms the basis for Michigan State’s worldwide reputation in the field.

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By A Customer on 25 Aug. 2002
Format: Hardcover
A great book that I can quote collegues as saying "you're never sure you use it but once its there you wonder how you did without it!"
And its true.
It has (nearly) everything you could want at a range of levels that suit almost all users. High school students will recognise bits at the start of each topic and relate them to their notes, old hands will learn a thing or two about things that they thought they knew.
An old school reference book that has more information than you could ever use, it puts what you need at the tip of you fingers - and that saves a lot of time and hassle - its worth 35 quid just for that.
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By A Customer on 29 Mar. 2004
Format: Hardcover
The book is ok, clear, with graphics... but I find it two short. It explain things with few words, without demonstrating nothing at all, and with any example. It's ok to remember but not for further learning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 19 Jun. 2003
By Antonio Vicente La Camera - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Having decided to take some classes in electrical engineering, I had been looking for a book that I could use to refresh my knowledge of college physics. I first acquired Halliday's Fundamentals of Physics - a very good book indeed - however, as heavy as any stardand textbook produced in the US. I ended up acquiring Handbook of Physics out of pure curiosity, and to my surprise, it happens to be one of the best science books I have seen in years.
The authors are very successful in compiling every single piece of information on undergraduate physics. The concepts in the book are advanced enough so as not to make you feel as if you were reading some "Physics for Dummies" type of book. That's a perfect combination for people who are looking for practical applications of physical concepts (like engineers) but who already have a quite good grasp on those concepts. The authors also include a little bit of theory not usually found on traditional physics textbooks, such as mechanics of materials.
All in all, it's one of those books you would want to keep forever around. The book has 1000+ pages but interestingly it is not thick or heavy. It easily fits your backpack so that you can read it whenever you read an article about the latest NASA technology on the newspaper.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will save your academic life. 12 Feb. 2008
By Corey C. Griffin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
After owning this book for several months, I can honestly say I use it on a daily basis. If I forget a formula when doing my own homework, it's there. If an intro-level student comes to me at a TA session not sure if an equation will work in a given situation, it backs me up. Some of the best money I've ever spent.

I can say the same for it's sister text, Harris and Stocker's "Handbook of Mathematics and Computational Science", as well, although that one has more of a European feel to it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding value 8 Jan. 2008
By Robert T. Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The Handbook of Physics is and ourstanding value. Anyone who uses physics or has an interest in science or math should have it.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise and Complete 21 Sept. 2005
By T. Owens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Admittedly, this is the type of book that will only show its true worth in time; however, having just completed my bachelor's in physics and working on my first year studying optical science and engineering, I have used it as a reference several times and always found what I needed. The brief explanation that accompanies the equations for each field have been quite good in my experience and very helpful.
38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best concise Physics book ever? 8 Aug. 2002
By Gavin Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is just a great book. In just under 1200 pages the authors manage to describe pretty much all of undergraduate level Physics in clear understandable language, with lots of illustrations and many practical examples and suggestions. For any student of physics (or simply someone interested in the topic) I think this is the most clear and concise book I've seen. A great reference book to keep close at hand, as it includes a fair amount of practical reference material as well.
The mathematical content is unusually well presented with all symbols defined as to units and quantity in a box with each equation, and the SI dimensionality of the result is indicated in each case as well.
The index is excellent.
I think if I could only own one book on Physics that this one might be it.
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