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Preface to the Seventeenth Edition The present Multicolour Edition has been Revised by taking into account the 2010 Question Papers of various Indian Universities. Multicolour pictures have been added to enhance the content value and to give the students an idea of what they will be dealing in reality, and to bridge the gap between the theory and practice. We are thankful to the Management Team and the Editorial Department of S. Chand Company Pvt. Ltd. for all help and support in the publication of this book. Any errors, omissions and suggestions, for the improvement of this volume brought to our notice, will be thankfully acknowledged and incorporated in the next edition.
Preface to the First Edition The purpose of this book is to give an introductory account of the basic principles of atomic, nuclear and solid state physics. It is meant to serve as a textbook for the B.Sc. Physics students of Indian Universities. SI system of units has been used throughout the text. Great care has been taken in dealing with the subject with modern outlook. A large number of questions and problems have been given at the end of each chapter. All available standard books on the subject have been freely consulted during the preparation of this book. I acknowledge gratefully my indebtedness to the authors and publishers of different books on the subject. I am grateful to my revered teachers Dr. S. Hariharan M.Sc., Ph.D. Leeds , Prof. S.N. Neelakantan Nambisan B.Sc. Hons. , Prof. P. Radhakrishna Menon M.A., Prof. P. Balakrishnan M.A., Prof. K. Padmanabha Sharma M.Sc., and others of Govt. Victoria College, Palghat, Kerala, who contributed to my education in Modern Physics. I am extremely thankful to Prof. K. Ramamurthi M. Com., Secretary and Prof. K. Subrahmanyam M.A. Principal, of our College for their encouragement and help. I wish to dedicate this book at the holy feet of Srimad Swami Chidbavanandaji, President of our college. To Swamiji, I owe more than words can describe for his lifelong devotion and guidance in unfolding my hidden potentialities and developing my personality. I can only hope that this book reflects something of his insistence on lucid and concise writing. Lastly, I would like to thank my Publishers, M s. S. Chand Company Ltd. I especially want to thank the Proprietor, Mr. S.L. Gupta and the Madras Branch Manager Mr. S. Venkatachalam. Tiruvedakam
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