In this Very Short Introduction Frank Close describes the historical development of nuclear physics, our understanding of the nucleus, how nuclei form, and the applications of the field in medicine. Exploring key concepts, Frank Close shows how nuclear physics brings the physics of the stars to Earth.This fourth edition of Fran Baum's The New Public Health is the most comprehensive book available on the new public health. It offers readers the opportunity to gain a sense of the scope of the new Yes
Nuclear physics began long before the identification of fundamental particles, with J. J. Thomson's discovery of the electron at the end of the 19th century, which implied the existence of a positive charge in the atom to make it neutral. In this Very Short Introduction Frank Close gives an account of how this area of physics has progressed, including the recognition of how heavy nuclei are built up in the cores of stars and in supernovae, the identification of quarks and gluons, and the development of quantum chromodynamics (QCD). Exploring key concepts such as the stability of different configurations of protons and neutrons in nuclei, Frank Close shows how nuclear physics brings the physics of the stars to Earth and provides us with important applications, particularly in medicine. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.The fourth edition of Fran Baum's The New Public Health is the most authoritative resource available on the new public health. It offers readers the opportunity to gain a sense of the scope of the new public health visions, and combines theoretical and practical material to help readers understand the social and economic determinants of health. Based on the premise of previous editions - that the new public health promotes equity in order to improve health across the globe - this new edition has been fully revised to reflect recent developments in the theory, practice and direction of the new public health.This book is written for students of public health, health professionals working in public health, preventative medicine and primary health care settings, health and environment planners and those interested in creating communities that maximise health for people and the environment. Integrating knowledge and methodologies from the social sciences, environmental sciences and humanities, The New Public Health presents a comprehensive package of ideas and directions for public health focused on achieving a fairer, more sustainable and equitable world.New to this editionAll chapters have been substantially revised and all data and figures have been updatedNew chapter on Public Health AdvocacyMore content on food security; globalisation and climate change, and sustainability; violence in Australia; emergencies and disasters New practical examples demonstrate application of public health principles, highlighted in boxed features throughoutCritical reflection questions at the end of each chapter
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