Cook_coverI decided to publish a review of the book “Models of the Atomic Nucleus” by Norman D. Cook, whose reading has been repeatedly suggested by Rossi, who considers it his favorite book of nuclear physics. In a presentation made at ICCF-18, Cook claimed on his slides that Rossi told him that his book helped him a lot to understand what’s going on in the E-Cat.

“Models of the Atomic Nucleus” is a largely non-technical, comprehensive and introductory book on nuclear models, which addresses head on the inconsistencies of traditional nuclear theory and proposes a solid state model for the nucleus: a lattice model.

The bottom-line is that one specific lattice structure reproduces all of the known energy shells and subshells of the quantum mechanics of the atomic nucleus. Normally thought of as a tiny “gas” of nucleons, or a liquid-drop, a solid-phase lattice achieves the same results.

After a review of the basics, the book explores and compares the competing models, and addresses how the lattice model best resolves remaining controversies.

The compelling argument is that the diverse “models” of nuclear theory are unified in the lattice: a “frozen” liquid-drop with all of the shells of the gas model, and even the alpha structures of the cluster model. But, as the Author explains, “it is specifically the ‘coincidence’ of the lattice model symmetries and the experimental data that is the model’s strength”.

It is the first nuclear physics text to address in a rational way some of the results of the Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) experiments that have been reported in the literature. So, it’s highly recommended for nuclear physicists and nuclear engineers that are not convinced that Low Energy Nuclear Physics is not a dead science.

The book contains far more words than equations. So, it’s an excellent essay suitable for general readers, a not easy task when the topic is highly specialized physics. The argument is clearly stated, colorfully illustrated and comes with easy-to-use, but sophisticated software on CD for Windows, Mac and Linux systems.

Cook_fcc_2The Calcium-40 nucleus in the Face-Centered-Cubic (FCC) model (from the book).

The very intuitive and physically precise visualization CD-software package for nuclear models, including a database of all nuclei and isotopes, supplies users with an interactive experience for nuclear visualization via a computer-graphical interface, similar to the molecular visualizations already available in chemistry. All nuclear parameters are adjustable in a wide range.

For the first time, an easy-to-master software for scientific visualization of the nucleus makes this notoriously ‘non-visual’ field become immediately ‘visible’. The appendix explains how to obtain the most from the software provided on the accompanying CD. So, the book/software supplements virtually any of the current textbooks in nuclear physics.

Paperback, 2nd ed. 2010 – Publisher: Springer – Pages: 324 – Price: 43$On Amazon.

About the Author

NORMAN D. COOK is full professor at Department of Informatics, Kansai University (Osaka, Japan). Undergraduate at Princeton University (Princeton, USA), he has been graduate student at Tohoku University (Sendai, Japan) and Oxford University (Oxford, UK), post-doctoral researcher at Zurich University (Zurich, Switzerland), invited researcher at ATR (Kyoto, Japan). He is author of 70-plus articles published in refereed science journals and of 4 monographs.

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  1. model of nucleus and table of elements

  2. Dear Vessela Nikolova:
    I suggest you to make a similar review of the book I cited in the former comment of mine: “Nuclear Models”, of Walter Greiner and Joachim A. Maruhn (Springer-Verlag, Berlin 1996, distributed by Amazon): the book of Norman Cook has to be read in parallel with this one to be fully understood.
    Norman Cook in the preface to the second edition of his “Models of the atomic nucleus” has written, as you reported, that his book is “largely non technical”: I do not agree; as all the important books, it is a multi-level reading text and to go through the deepest level of it the reading of Nuclear Models of Greiner-Maruhn is fundamental.
    Warm Regards,

    • Hi Andrea, thank you for your useful suggestion!

  3. Vessy, thanks.

    The Windows program that does 3D visualizations from the book, can be freely downloaded from the Springer site,

    Contains the user manual and source files.



  4. Well presented. It is true, I confirm that this book has been a mine for me. I use to read it in conjunction with “Nuclear Models” of W.Greiner and J.A Maruhn, published by the same publisher ( Springer) in 1996.
    In this very period I am re-reading both in conjunction.
    Brava Vessy!
    Warm Regards,

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