Edo and his colleagues have performed a very difficult trick, with considerable success. Taking a complex and incomplete subject like the Standard Model of atomic structure and simplifying and clarifying it was never going to be easy but providing visuals of many elements using the SAM method can help to make nuclear physics easier to understand.. Nuclear structures are directly and causally connected to the spectrum of gamma rays for example.
While the SAM system doesn't attempt toexplain everything - and personally I think its 'lightweight' treatment of spin and parity is a gap that could be explained more carefully, it does show the structure for all elements and isotopes, and show how nuclear reactions can be visualised in 3D.
According to Edo the book lays the foundation for more research, both theoretical and potentially practical, the SAM group obviously takes all this very seriously. Personally I found it -while very clearly written - a very dense read, and found it best to pick it up for an hour or so and then let it 'sink in' a bit - often going back to read the same section several times. As somebody who is more engineer and chemist than nuclear scientist I did find it a relief to find clear explanations of what goes on 'on the bench' though I cannot of course vouch for all of them -the possibilities are immense.
So how do I rate it? Marks out of 10. Clarity of thought and explanation 9, Helpful illustrations, 9+, validity of theory 5 (I'm not the best judge). Worth some time and study? Yes- definitely.
Curtis Press are also to be congratulated on having the skill and courage to produce a high quality 268 page book with many graphics (in colour too) that
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