Introduction To Error Analysis: The Study of Uncertainties in Physical Measurements

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University Science Books, 1997 M07 14 - 327 pages
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The need for error analysis is captured in the book's arresting cover shot - of the 1895 Paris train disaster (also available as a wall poster). The early chapters teach elementary techniques of error propagation and statistical analysis to enable students to produce successful lab reports. Later chapters treat a number of more advanced mathematical topics, with many examples from mechanics and optics. End-of-chapter problems include many that call for use of calculators or computers, and numerous figures help readers visualize uncertainties using error bars.

"Score a hit! ... the book reveals the exceptional skill of the author as lecturer and teacher. ... a valuable reference work for any student (or instructor) in the sciences and engineering." The Physics Teacher

"This is a well written book with good illustrations, index and general bibliography. ... The book is well suited for engineering and science courses at universities and as a basic reference text for those engineers and scientists in practice." Strain, Journal of the British Society for Strain Measurement

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User Review  - br77rino - LibraryThing

One of my favorite textbooks while getting my Physics degree. It was used as a supplement for my upper division lab class where we did things like measure the speed of light and calculate the e/m ... Read full review

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User Review  - dcunning11235 - LibraryThing

Clear introduction to "statistics" for physical scientists. Used for a one quarter class. Caveat on my rating: we did not use the problems from the book except in very rare cases, so my rating does not include any experience with those. Read full review

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About the author (1997)

John Taylor received his B.A. in math from Cambridge University in 1960 and his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Berkeley in 1963. He is professor emeritus of physics and Presidential Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the author of some 40 articles in research journals; a book, Classical Mechanics; and three other textbooks, one of which, An Introduction to Error Analysis, has been translated into eleven foreign languages. He received a Distinguished Service Citation from the American Association of Physics Teachers and was named Colorado Professor of the Year in 1989. His television series Physics for Fun won an Emmy Award in 1990. He retired in 2005 and now lives in Washington, D.C.

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