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J. R. Hook , H. E. Hall
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22 July 1991 0471928054 978-0471928058 2nd Edition
This Second Edition is aimed at students taking a first course in this subject, although it will also be of interest to professional physicists and electronic engineers requiring a grasp of the fundamentals of this important area of physics. Basic concepts are introduced in an easily accessible context: for example, wave propagation in crystals is introduced using one–and two–dimensional geometries. Only when these basic ideas are familiar are generalisations to three dimensions and the elegant framework of the reciprocal lattice made. Extensively rewritten, the Second Edition now includes new and expanded coverage of semiconductor devices, the quantum Hall effect, quasicrystals, high temperature superconductors and techniques for the study of the surfaces of solids. A chapter on dielectrics and ferroelectrics has also been added. Solid State Physics, Second Edition features: A carefully written and structured text to help students fully understand this exciting subject. A flow diagram allowing topics to be studied in different orders or omitted altogether. Optional "starred" and highlighted sections containing more advanced and specialised material for the more ambitious reader. Carefully selected problems at the end of each chapter designed to assist learning. Solutions are provided at the end of the book.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2nd Edition edition (22 July 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471928054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471928058
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 16.9 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Manchester Physics Series General Editors: D. J. Sandiford; F. Mandl; A. C. Phillips Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester Properties of Matter B. H. Flowers and E. Mendoza Optics Second Edition F. G. Smith and J. H. Thomson Statistical Physics Second Edition F. Mandl Electromagnetism Second Edition I. S. Grant and W. R. Phillips Statistics R. J. Barlow Solid State Physics Second Edition J. R. Hook and H. E. Hall Quantum Mechanics F. Mandl Particle Physics Second Edition B. R. Martin and G. Shaw The Physics of Stars A. C. Phillips Solid State Physics, Second Edition is aimed at students taking a first course in this subject, although it will also be of interest to professional physicists and electronic engineers requiring a grasp of the fundamentals of this important area of physics. Basic concepts are introduced in an easily accessible context: for example, wave propagation in crystals is introduced using one–and two–dimensional geometries. Only when these basic ideas are familiar are generalisations to three dimensions and the elegant framework of the reciprocal lattice made. Extensively rewritten, the Second Edition now includes new and expanded coverage of semiconductor devices, the quantum Hall effect, quasicrystals, high temperature superconductors and techniques for the study of the surfaces of solids. A chapter on dielectrics and ferroelectrics has also been added. Solid State Physics, Second Edition features: A carefully written and structured text to help students fully understand this exciting subject. A flow diagram allowing topics to be studied in different orders or omitted altogether. Optional "starred" and highlighted sections containing more advanced and specialised material for the more ambitious reader. Carefully selected problems at the end of each chapter designed to assist learning. Solutions are provided at the end of the book.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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The book develops the ideas founded upon quatum physics and describes their relation to the basis of crystalline structures amongst others. It is ideal for physicists at an undergraduate level and beyond incorporating all of the fundamental topics required to fully understand this topic. Constructed in a clear and methodical fashion it can be classed as essential reading for any academic in the field, perfectly balanced in weight and depth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to the solid state 3 April 2011
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The Manchester Physics Series contains a collection of books covering the core theory necessary for an undergraduate degree in physics. The topics range from the ever popular Statistical Physics (Mandl), Quantum Mechanics (Mandl) and Electromagnetism (Grant/Phillips) - there are plenty more.

Hook and Hall is the text dealing with condensed matter physics, that is, the physics of solids, crystals, magnetic materials and so on. It is self contained and is a recommended textbook for most solid state physics courses that I've come across. I personally have used/am using it for the "Electrons and Solids" and "Crystal Physics" courses at Warwick University. While I effectively had to buy this for the Electrons course, as we were recommended chapters to read, I don't regret my purchase.

In fairly standard fashion, H&H start by building up the foundations of crystallography, the idea of the lattice and structures. This lasts for a couple of chapters before the real meat of the book is presented, starting with the free electron model, nearly-free electron model, tight binding, band theory, semiconductors, magnetism, superconductivity (I haven't read), crystal dynamics, scattering (more crystallography here), 'real' metals and low dimensional systems. The ordering is logical and most chapters follow on from the previous, and a useful flow diagram on the back cover indicates which chapters are pre-requisites (a nice touch). The book was designed, and succeeds, as a single-text reference. You will be able to survive most introductory solid state physics courses with this.

The writing style is friendly and not at all terse, while still remaining relevant. Unlike some textbooks, there is little waffle - H&H get to the point, make it obvious and then move on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book 4 Nov 2013
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It really looks like the new one. The price is rational as well. Totally, it's an item with Good quality and satisfaction.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a different, but worthwhile, approach � try before buying 4 Jan 2002
By Seymour Steinways - Published on Amazon.com
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When Professor Hall lectured Solid State Physics on an undergraduate course at Manchester he deviated from the approach taken in the book, which surprised me somewhat. I'll come back to this later.
The book is very sound if somewhat idiosyncratic. In particular, I found that Hook and Hall used explanatory devices quite different to those followed by my other lecturers, and by most other textbooks. This could be a good or a bad thing, depending on your mental aptitude and/or fondness for their exposition.
I suspect the reason Hall used a different approach in lectures was to tie in with the way we learnt related subject material at Manchester (solid state being just one of three or four compulsory 2nd year courses dealing with atomic and sub-atomic matter).
This is not to say that anything in the book is misleading. It's very well-written and comprehensive, and if this is a subject that you want to learn more about than you can in general texts, I can recommend it as it helped me on several occasions. Perhaps spend half an hour with it in the library or bookshop before buying.
I could not find a better text on solid state at this level when I took my degree in 1995 (IIRC the first edition of Hook-Hall was 1970's, the second early 90's), but that situation may have changed by now.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good companion for first solid state course 22 Dec 2006
By Igor F. - Published on Amazon.com
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I used this book as a companion to the standard Ashcroft & Mermin text in a graduate physics course. As other reviewers have pointed out, the approach of Hook is quite different, which in my case was of great benefit. First, the math in this book is not as sophisticated as Ashcroft's. The author prefers 1- or 2-dimentional derivations to Ashcroft's generalized ones using vector functions and matrix equations. Second, the explanations provide a fundamental understanding to a student, while Aschroft's writing is dense and at time can sound like a theory paper about mathematics. I challenge anyone to find a mention of Heisenberg uncertainty principle - a fundamental property of waves - in Ashcroft's chapter on lattice vibrations. Hook talks about it in the introduction of his treatment. Finally, this is one of the few solid state books out there that has ANSWERS to all the problems. This is very valuable when you need examples and to test your knowledge before an exam.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not great, but maybe one of the better choices based on what's available 8 Jan 2010
By B. Utter - Published on Amazon.com
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First, the disclaimer: I'm writing this as an instructor of an undergraduate course in Solid State Physics. The standard text of Kittel is a fantastic reference after a course that uses it, but is so terse in descriptions that it's a tough haul for a first course. I tried using the Physics and Chemistry of Solids by Elliot, which was too verbose. On this spectrum, Hook and Hall is in the middle -- not too long to be overwhelming, but generally fairly readable text along the way. The text is not great, but not bad at all. (I would have tried a text by Chrisman if it was still in print.)

In terms of subject matter, the book largely follows the standard route (crystal structures, diffraction, phonons, electrons, semiconductors, then more specialized topics). The one big caveat is that reciprocal space is deferred until late in the book. While there were a couple times when I wanted to bring up reciprocal space earlier in the course (e.g. diffraction), it avoided the usual period early in the semester trying to figure out this abstract concept without knowing what good it is.

There is yet to be a text for an undergraduate course that matches the role Ashcroft and Mermin played for a graduate solid state course -- coherent, intuitive, and mathematically rigorous. While I can envision a better text, I have yet to find it. I would be likely to use this text again based on what I've seen that's available.
3 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I didn't learn a single thing. 24 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I had this textbook for one of my fourth year undergrad courses. It seemed that Hook & Hall know what they are talking about, but they certainly couldn't explain it to me. Perhaps this text may be useful for graduate studies or as a reference, but I could not recommend it for an introductory course to solid state physics.
1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not satisfactory 14 May 2004
By L. van Rooyen - Published on Amazon.com
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I used this book in an Introducion to Solid State Physics course, and although I found subjects were well-described and complete, the text was hard to comprehense and quite poorly written.
My professor explained that there are few books that teach Solid State Physics on this level, and that of those books this one may be the best there is. I found it hard to learn from, even though the quality of the information in this book is high.
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