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  • Cited by 4
  • 2nd edition
  • Les Kirkup, University of Technology, Sydney
Cambridge University Press
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August 2019
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Responding to the developments of the past twenty years, Les Kirkup has thoroughly updated his popular book on experimental methods, while retaining the extensive coverage and practical advice from the first edition. Many topics from that edition remain, including keeping a record of work, how to deal with measurement uncertainties, understanding the statistical basis of data analysis and reporting the results of experiments. However, with new technologies influencing how experiments are devised, carried out, analyzed, presented and reported, this new edition reflects the digital changes which have taken place and the increased emphasis on the importance of communication skills in reporting results. Bringing together key elements of experimental methods into one coherent book, it is perfect for students seeking guidance with their experimental work, including how to acquire, analyse and present data. Exercises, worked examples and end-of-chapter problems are provided throughout the book to reinforce fundamental principles.


‘As an instructor in electrical engineering and a researcher in photonic engineering, I am quite confident to say that this book exceptionally explains the methods of experimentation and their presentation in terms of an article, poster, etc … This book is ideal for first-year undergraduates and postgraduate research students for making the perfect lab reports. Furthermore, this book can be used as a reference and textbook by faculty and the lab instructors who want to instil the method of experimentation, analysis and presentation of the results into the students … the book will address the needs of all the readers and students from various disciplines … the current edition of the book is amply illustrated, and deserves to be considered as a textbook for first-year undergraduate students in physics and engineering disciplines, and a reference book for early career researchers and laboratory instructors.’

Muhammad Mahmood Ali Source: Contemporary Physics

‘… a very valuable book for physical science and engineering undergraduates, introducing them to the experimental processes of data gathering and analysis, then turning what was found into formal oral or written presentations … a great resource for academics teaching … significant value to science teachers …’

Source: Australian Physics

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