Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2005 11:28:29 -0500

Author: Stan Dodds

Subject: Taylor Manual

Post:

The full title is "The Lloyd William Taylor Manual of Advanced
Undergraduate Experiments in Physics". According to the preface,
Professor Taylor was at Oberlin College until his death in 1948. The
book was commissioned by AAPT in 1950, as a memorial to Professor
Taylor, and consists of exercises apparently gathered from a number of
institutions. The whole has been edited into a nice review of the then
state-of-the-art, not just a paste-up of student lab manuals.

There is a good deal of useful information in the book, but there is
also a lot that is of antiquarian interest only, particularly as
regards instrumentation. For example, the chapter on electronics
contains only two pages on transistors, the balance being vacuum tube
circuits. The section on Raman spectroscopy does not mention lasers -
they didn't exist yet. There are many experiments on mechanics and on
heat, which would not usually be done in an advanced lab these days.
Overall, I have found it amusing to read, but not very helpful for the
actual design of modern lab exercises, and would not recommend
reprinting it.

Professor Ganci would probably be better advised to get a copy of
"Experiments in Modern Physics" by Adrian C. Mesisinos. (Academic
Press, 1966). The coverage is not as comprehensive, but better focused
on advanced topics and the instrumentation is much more up to date.

Stan

On Sep 14, 2005, at 9:42 AM, cablem wrote:

> Is anyone familiar with the other book this gentleman has listed?
>
> Chele
>
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: PIRA Site: from S. Ganci - Italy
> Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2005 14:12:07 +0200
> From: Salvatore Ganci
> To:
>
>
>
> You have provided a good resource for demonstration experiments with
> the pdf
> of R. M. Sutton, Demonstration experiments in Physics a great book
> unfortunately unavailable.
> Another textbook unavailable (in Italy I not have found this book in
> University libraries) is the Lloyd William Taylor Manual of Advanced
> Undergraduate Experiments in Physics edited by T. B. Brown
> (Addison-Wesley,
> Reading, Mass. 1959).
>
> I hope you can consider an analogous publication in pdf format of this
> precious book.
>
> Thank you for consideration
>
> Best regards
>
> Salvatore Ganci
>
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