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Introduction to Solid State Physics [Hardcover]

Charles Kittel
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11 Nov 2004 047141526X 978-0471415268 8th Edition
Since the publication of the first edition over 50 years ago, Introduction to Solid State Physics has been the standard solid state physics text for physics students. The author's goal from the beginning has been to write a book that is accessible to undergraduates and consistently teachable. The emphasis in the book has always been on physics rather than formal mathematics. With each new edition, the author has attempted to add important new developments in the field without sacrificing the book's accessibility and teachability. A very important chapter on nanophysics has been written by an active worker in the field. This field is the liveliest addition to solid state science during the past ten years The text uses the simplifications made possible by the wide availability of computer technology. Searches using keywords on a search engine (such as Google) easily generate many fresh and useful references

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  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 8th Edition edition (11 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047141526X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471415268
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 19 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Charles Kittel did his undergraduate work in physics at M.I.T and at the Cavendish Laboratory of Cambridge University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He worked in the solid state group at Bell Laboratories, along with Bardeen and Shockley, leaving to start the theoretical solid state physics group at Berkeley in 1951. His research has been largely in magnetism and in semiconductors. In magnetism he developed the theories of ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic resonance and the theory of single ferromagnetic domains, and extended the Bloch theory of magnons. In semiconductor physics he participated in the first cyclotron and plasma resonance experiments and extended the results to the theory of impurity states and to electron-hole drops. He has been awarded three Guggenheim fellowships, the Oliver Buckley Prize for Solid State Physics, and, for contributions to teaching, the Oersted Medal of the American Association of Physics Teachers, He is a member of the National Academy of Science and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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The serious study of solid state physics began with the discovery of x-ray diffraction by crystals and the publication of a series of simple calculations of the properties of crystals and of electrons in crystals. Read the first page
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive but very difficult 19 Nov 2009
Format:Hardcover
First, let me say that this is by far the most comprehensive book on Solid State Physics which I have come across pitched at undergraduate level. Unfortunately, that is about the most positive thing I can say about it.

This textbook might be one of the most poorly written pieces of work I've ever come across. I found it very hard going, very confusing and many of the concepts are poorly explained. Unfortunately, it remains one of the recommended texts for many universities purely because of its comprehensive nature (and it's true, there is a lot of stuff in here).

As a reference book it's not so bad, but don't expect to learn anything from it.

The one star review which has been posted has as one of it's comments "What would you recommend?". Unfortunately, I don't have a recommendation which covers the bredth of this book, but some useful alternatives would be:

"Introduction to the physics of electrons in solids" by Tanner is very good for all the electrical content.
"Solid state physics" by Blakemore is very good for the structural content.

The real question comes in the form: "Is is better to buy two good books, or buy one bad book which says the same thing?"

If you want to learn: Yes.
If you want a reference book: No.
If you're on a tight budget: No.

But I would highly recommend buying an alternative to this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An intermediate-level book on solid state 5 April 2010
By Alpha
Format:Hardcover
Kittel's "Introduction to solid state physics" is an intermediate-level book on condensed matter physics. It is, in my opinion, far too dense and detailed to serve as an introduction (Hofmann is better), but neither is it rigorous or mathematical enough for graduate course (try Ashcroft & Mermin or Ziman). It covers a wide range of topics, including recent developments such as nanostructures. A nice feature is that equations are written in both SI and CGS units. It is a shame, however, that the explanations are poorly written and often confusing. I found it very heavy going, and I would not have been able to follow some parts at all without referring to other sources. Still, Kittel's book deserves its place on a bookshelf simply for the extent of its coverage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The tome of Solid State Physics 8 May 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I you want to know Solid State Physics, this is the book. Your older professors will tell you that nothing beats Ashcroft and Mermin. They're lying. Quite pedagogical, and very, very extensive. As I am not in solid state physics but in particle physics, my best guess is that I will not need any book more advanced than this one for many years to come.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Informative 14 Mar 2014
By Nanaki
Format:Hardcover
This book is good as a reference guide, I would not recommend it for learning. If you are a student that has been told ' this is the course book ' and you study near Manchester then I feel your pain. My advice would be to avoid it at all costs. Alternative I am using is Solid State Physics - Hook and Hall - Manchester series. Down side is that it does not have all of the content that Kittel contains. If you want to learn something buy a different book, if you already understand the topic buy Kittel.
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