Fundamentals of Nuclear Physics
Adapted from “A is for Atom (1953)”
The Ecole Polytechnique, one of France’s top academic institutions, has a longstanding
tradition of producing exceptional scientific textbooks for its students.
The original lecture notes, the Cours de l’Ecole Polytechnique, which were written
by Cauchy and Jordan in the nineteenth century, are considered to be landmarks
in the development of mathematics.
The present series of textbooks is remarkable in that the texts incorporate the
most recent scientific advances in courses designed to provide undergraduate
students with the foundations of a scientific discipline. An outstanding level of
quality is achieved in each of the seven scientific fields taught at the Ecole: pure
and applied mathematics, mechanics, physics, chemistry, biology, and economics.
The uniform level of excellence is the result of the unique selection of academic
staff there which includes, in addition to the best researchers in its own
renowned laboratories, a large number of world-famous scientists, appointed as
part-time professors or associate professors, who work in the most advanced
research centers France has in each field.