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This is a very well-established student text. (Materials Characterization)

The Basics of Crystallography and Diffraction brings a lot of classical information together into one place, and presents it in a way acceptable to a modern audience. It is well-structured, carefully written and a pleasure to read. There should be a copy on the shelves of every crystallography laboratory. (ACA RefleXions)

At almost 450 pages, this handsome book is ideal for any student or researcher who needs a basic understanding of crystallography and diffraction. The consistently high standard of presentation and explanation, the relatively low price (£30 for the paperback edition), and the fact that the book is now in its third edition tells you everything you need to know. [...] This book is recommended for students and researchers who need an introduction to crystallography that is clear, informative, easy to follow and an excellent read. (Microscopy and Analysis)

I find it very easy to recommend this text, without any hesitation. The author's style of presentation is lucid and the book contains some excellent exercises to "stretch" the minds of students needing to acquire a facility with crystallography and diffraction. (Materials Characterization)

The book is nicely illustrated and attractively produced. It is warmly recommended to all students and researchers in crystallography, including chemists, condensed-state physicists, materials scientists, and others who are interested in the structures of crystals and in how they are determined. (Structural Chemistry)

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Christopher Hammond is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Materials Research, at Leeds University, UK.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Dichotomy between author and students 21 Dec. 2011
By MatSciJH - Published on
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I used this text for a course on material structures in which we covered most of this book for about half the semester and then moved onto topics such as polymer structure, liquid crystals, and basic quantum mechanics behind orbitals and the formation of atomic bonds. I must say the most painful parts of the course were those covered in this book. We used another text created by the professor in lieu of chapter one, and the difference was remarkable. Fairly easy topics are shrouded in heavy text and lack of clear explanations. I had alternate sources for each and every chapter in the book because the book never provided enough information to truly grasp the material.

Most sections go as follows: historical and other non-important details mixed with some useful information, then an introduction to a new topic and why it's useful, a short but inadequate explanation of the topic, skips the section where a student would learn to arrive at a conclusion, states the conclusion without a real explanation. This approach works fine for some chapters and horribly for others (the Ewald sphere chapter is a nightmare).

I'm sure this seems great to someone who already knows the material (it proved awesome for studying for the final since my mind was filling in the blanks in the text), but it really is lacking as a teaching text. It's not set up like a textbook (no examples and few exercises), and should not be used as one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not bad 15 Feb. 2010
By BillyJoeBob - Published on
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This book represents a fair introduction to the world of crystallography and crystal structure determination. The chapters on structure determination are the best, although some of the more advanced material, e.g. EBSD, is lightly sketched, and should perhaps have been omitted.

The early chapters are somewhat more problematic: much is stated about crystal structures without justification, and this makes for a hard and often unilluminating read. Overall, though, the author has succeeding in writing a reasonable introductory text for a difficult field.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
basic crystallography 14 Sept. 2009
By Gilberto Artioli - Published on
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An excellent basic textook on crystallography, which is a absolutely necessary discipline for everybody concerned with the solid state and encompassing disciplines such as materials science, metallurgy, solid state physics, inorganic and organic chemistry, macromolecular biochemistry, mineralogy and petrology, etc. The textbook represents a solid introduction to the field and a nice primer to be used in introductory courses. It is to be followed by the more complete "Fundamentals of Crystallography" by C. Giacovazzo and co-authors.
The Basics of Crystallography and Diffraction 8 April 2012
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This book was intended as a reference in a graduate course in mechanical engineering. It is divided in 13 chapters. The first 6 chapters perfectly served the purpose by clarifying concepts that are not as well described in other sources. The other chapters, about diffraction, are very important as well and will be address later. The book content is structured in what may be regarded as the traditional black and white technical format devoid of any distracting inserts and unnecessary figures and colors. The book was a good deal for the price.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The only textbook i've read in 2.5 years that successfully taught me about crystal structures 1 Dec. 2013
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Hammond's treatment of 2-dimensional patterns, lattices and symmetry is absolutely god-like. A solid foundation in the art of constructing lattices and identifying symmetry elements in a single plane is absolutely essential when one starts learning the more practically relevant 3d concepts. This is the element that is lacking in all the other textbooks I've read on the subject of crystallography.

Before reading Hammond, I didn't even understand the difference between "bravais lattices" and "crystal systems" ... thats how poorly other textbooks have approached this subject. Like I said above, a thorough introduction in 2d is what allowed me to understand 3d.
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