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Spin Dynamics: Basics of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance [Hardcover]

Malcolm H. Levitt
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April 21 2008 0470511184 978-0470511183 2
Spin Dynamics: Basics of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Second Edition is a comprehensive and modern introduction which focuses on those essential principles and concepts needed for a thorough understanding of the subject, rather than the practical aspects. The quantum theory of nuclear magnets is presented within a strong physical framework, supported by figures. 

The book assumes only a basic knowledge of complex numbers and matrices, and provides the reader with numerous worked examples and exercises to encourage understanding. With the explicit aim of carefully developing the subject from the beginning, the text starts with coverage of quarks and nucleons and progresses through to a detailed explanation of several important NMR experiments, including NMR imaging, COSY, NOESY and TROSY. 

Completely revised and updated, the Second Edition features new material on the properties and distributions of isotopes, chemical shift anisotropy and quadrupolar interactions, Pake patterns, spin echoes, slice selection in NMR imaging, and a complete new chapter on the NMR spectroscopy of quadrupolar nuclei. New appendices have been included on Euler angles, and coherence selection by field gradients. As in the first edition, all material is heavily supported by graphics, much of which is new to this edition. 

Written for undergraduates and postgraduate students taking a first course in NMR spectroscopy and for those needing an up-to-date account of the subject, this multi-disciplinary book will appeal to chemical, physical, material, life, medical, earth and environmental scientists. The detailed physical insights will also make the book of interest for experienced spectroscopists and NMR researchers. 

• An accessible and carefully written introduction, designed to help students to fully understand this complex and dynamic subject

• Takes a multi-disciplinary approach, focusing on basic principles and concepts rather than the more practical aspects

• Presents a strong pedagogical approach throughout, with emphasis placed on individual spins to aid understanding

• Includes numerous worked examples, problems, further reading and additional notes

Praise from the reviews of the First Edition:

"This is an excellent book... that many teachers of NMR spectroscopy will cherish... It deserves to be a ‘classic’ among NMR spectroscopy texts." NMR IN BIOMEDICINE

"I strongly recommend this book to everyone…it is probably the best modern comprehensive description of the subject." ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE, INTERNATIONAL EDITION


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?What makes this book stand out compared to similar books is the extensive use of pictures and diagrams, which will make this book more appealing to nonphysicists, like chemists and biologists. That this was achieved without loss of rigor is indeed an accomplishment.? ( Doody?s Reviews , November 2009)

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Spin Dynamics: Basics of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Second Edition is a comprehensive and modern introduction which focuses on those essential principles and concepts needed for a thorough understanding of the subject, rather than the practical aspects. The quantum theory of nuclear magnets is presented within a strong physical framework, supported by figures.

The book assumes only a basic knowledge of complex numbers and matrices, and provides the reader with numerous worked examples and exercises to encourage understanding. With the explicit aim of carefully developing the subject from the beginning, the text starts with coverage of quarks and nucleons and progresses through to a detailed explanation of several important NMR experiments, including NMR imaging, COSY, NOESY and TROSY.

Completely revised and updated, the Second Edition features new material on the properties and distributions of isotopes, chemical shift anisotropy and quadrupolar interactions, Pake patterns, spin echoes, slice selection in NMR imaging, and a complete new chapter on the NMR spectroscopy of quadrupolar nuclei. New appendices have been included on Euler angles, and coherence selection by field gradients. As in the first edition, all material is heavily supported by

graphics, much of which is new to this edition.

Written for undergraduates and postgraduate students taking a first course in NMR spectroscopy and for those needing an up-to-date account of the subject, this multi-disciplinary book will appeal to chemical, physical, material, life, medical, earth and environmental scientists. The detailed physical insights will also make the book of interest for experienced spectroscopists and NMR researchers.

• An accessible and carefully written introduction, designed to help students to fully

understand this complex and dynamic subject.

• Takes a multi-disciplinary approach, focusing on basic principles and concepts rather than the more practical aspects.

• Presents a strong pedagogical approach throughout, with emphasis placed on individual spins to aid understanding.

• Includes numerous worked examples, problems, further reading and additional notes.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear first introduction to NMR July 27 2002
Format:Paperback
This book could simply be stated as an excellent attempt to introduce the foundations of NMR. It is a very good primer on all theoretical aspects that are essential to an understanding of the subject.
It offers a methodical, step-by-step approach. Useful tools and consistent terminology are the most attracting feature of this volume. It is well-illustrated; and controversial issues are highlighted in the "Notes" sections at the end of each chapter. It has illustrative problems at the end of each chapter, with solutions provided at the end.
Interestingly, the appendix covers many important aspects that are needed at a more advanced stage. Useful tools for the understanding of NMR are developed at appropriate stages. These include: the box notation for coherences, populations, density matrices and transitions; the origin of NMR spectra from individual coherence terms in the density matrix; origin of 2-D NMR signals as well as many important concepts in Fourier Transform NMR are described. The origins of relaxation enjoy a very readable and simplistic approach in the last chapter.
Whenever simplistic approximations are used, the author never claims of completeness or rigour. Distinction is made between terms that are physically correct and terms that are sometimes misleading, but enjoy widespread use in the NMR spectroscopy convention. The essential tools in quantum mechanics are outlined, product operator descriptions are used frequently and repetitively, that enhances understanding and provides more practice. Pictorial representations have been given where possible, a view-point beginners like myself find very useful.
One drawback, is a careful side-lining of the very important technique of using pulse-field gradients, although their cousin technique, named pulse-cycles is quite elaborately explained. I hope, the next issue of the book would also cover up this important technique.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any aspiring NMR jockeys Jan. 18 2004
Format:Hardcover
For those studying biomolecules with NMR, the unofficial bible is of course the maroon colored Cavanagh book. Though this is an excellent book, it isn't the best suited book for beginners. This is where Levitt's book comes in: this is by far the kindest introduction to NMR that I have seen, with heavy emphasis on understanding the concepts first and the formalism later. The book is full of useful diagrams, detailed analogies, and exercises for the reader where other books only show equations. So borrows someone's Cavanagh first, and if you get stuck after 20 pages then order yourself a copy of Levitt and you won't be disappointed. If you already have studied NMR and are looking at how to apply it to proteins, then Cavanagh should suit you fine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The bible of NMR May 11 2011
By Fred
Format:Paperback
This is a great book, it covers a bit of everything at a pedogogical level although it doesn't go into much detail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear first introduction to NMR July 27 2002
By M S ANWAR - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book could simply be stated as an excellent attempt to introduce the foundations of NMR. It is a very good primer on all theoretical aspects that are essential to an understanding of the subject.
It offers a methodical, step-by-step approach. Useful tools and consistent terminology are the most attracting feature of this volume. It is well-illustrated; and controversial issues are highlighted in the "Notes" sections at the end of each chapter. It has illustrative problems at the end of each chapter, with solutions provided at the end.
Interestingly, the appendix covers many important aspects that are needed at a more advanced stage. Useful tools for the understanding of NMR are developed at appropriate stages. These include: the box notation for coherences, populations, density matrices and transitions; the origin of NMR spectra from individual coherence terms in the density matrix; origin of 2-D NMR signals as well as many important concepts in Fourier Transform NMR are described. The origins of relaxation enjoy a very readable and simplistic approach in the last chapter.
Whenever simplistic approximations are used, the author never claims of completeness or rigour. Distinction is made between terms that are physically correct and terms that are sometimes misleading, but enjoy widespread use in the NMR spectroscopy convention. The essential tools in quantum mechanics are outlined, product operator descriptions are used frequently and repetitively, that enhances understanding and provides more practice. Pictorial representations have been given where possible, a view-point beginners like myself find very useful.
One drawback, is a careful side-lining of the very important technique of using pulse-field gradients, although their cousin technique, named pulse-cycles is quite elaborately explained. I hope, the next issue of the book would also cover up this important technique.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any aspiring NMR jockeys Jan. 18 2004
By Alan A. Chen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
For those studying biomolecules with NMR, the unofficial bible is of course the maroon colored Cavanagh book. Though this is an excellent book, it isn't the best suited book for beginners. This is where Levitt's book comes in: this is by far the kindest introduction to NMR that I have seen, with heavy emphasis on understanding the concepts first and the formalism later. The book is full of useful diagrams, detailed analogies, and exercises for the reader where other books only show equations. So borrows someone's Cavanagh first, and if you get stuck after 20 pages then order yourself a copy of Levitt and you won't be disappointed. If you already have studied NMR and are looking at how to apply it to proteins, then Cavanagh should suit you fine.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good NMR text Oct. 4 2004
By Wisethinker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent text book written by a chemist. Author handles some of hardware stuff as well as physical chemistry of NMR based on quantum mechanics. This text provides us with clear pictures of NMR phenomena. Some detailed explanations about basic NMR pulse sequences are excellent for everybody who studies this field.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is bible for understand NMR Nov. 9 2006
By Chuansong Duanmu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It is a distinguished book for beginer to under stand NMR from theory to experiment step by step.
1.0 out of 5 stars Lacks scientific accuracy and highly misleading for newcomers!!! July 3 2014
By CS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Stern-Gerlach experiment as a corner stone of quantum mechanics, showed the quantization of unpaired silver atom electron ([Kr]5s14d10) in 1922. It is very sad to see somebody writes a book in 2008 titled "spin dynamics" and among numerous errors and misunderstanding/misinterpreting the physical facts, he states in pages 26-27 that unlike elementary discussions of NMR the spin angular momentum is not quantized in space!!!
It is probably because people who wrote those elementary discussions had at least a rudimentary understanding of spin angular momentum concept and did not think that since they can do the measurement in any arbitrary direction in 3D space, the spin is not quantized!
I highly discourage any new comers in NMR field to start with this book. There might be some good insights in some parts of the book but the 1) inability of author to clearly understand the distinction between quantum mechanics description of a spin system and statistical quantum mechanics description of the expected (or as a better description "average") value and 2) unnecessary attempt to over-emphasizing the semi-classical model; makes it very confusing and misleading.
Among many books I went through, I found the "Fundamentals of Protein NMR Spectroscopy" and "Protein NMR Spectroscopy, Second Edition by John Cavanagh " offer the most physically and mathematically accurate description especially in higher dimension and complex biological NMR but I think they can be very helpful for chemists too; and as a rule of thumb, quantum mechanics books come first.
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