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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (20 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199680779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199680771
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 1.8 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The style of the book is very accessible for undergraduates. The topics are well motivated and the explanations are clear, helped by a generous set of figures for illustration. This textbook may well establish itself as an alternative to the available classics. (Derek Lee, Imperial College London)

The author, Steven Simon, is well known as an insightful scientist and an engaging and witty speaker, and it is a pleasure to see how well his talents translate to the printed page. He has re-examined with a modern eye the question of which topics should be covered in a student's first exposure to the physics of solids. My impression is that his presentation of those topics will be accessible for the student, illuminating for the expert, and entertaining for all. (Joel E. Moore, University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

This textbook provides a clear and compact coverage of essential topics in introductory solid state physics. It also goes beyond the usual introductory level by providing more detailed mathematical treatment, but more importantly by providing a commentary to explain the physical significance of mathematical treatments.

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Professor Steven Simon earned a BSc degree from Brown in Physics & Mathematics in 1989 and a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Harvard in 1995. Following a two-year post-doc at MIT, he joined Bell Labs, where he was a director of research for nine years. He is currently Professor of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics in the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford. His research is in the area of condensed matter physics and communication, including subjects ranging from microwave propagation to high temperature superconductivity. He is interested in quantum effects and how they are manifested in phases of matter. He has recently been studying phases of matter known as "topological phases" that are invariant under smooth deformations of space-time. He is also interested in whether such phases of matter can be used for quantum information processing and quantum computation.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alex C on 11 July 2013
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I've read this book for my undergrad solid state physics course. The required text was Kittel, but Kittel seems better suited as a reference for someone who already knows quite a bit of solid state physics. For an introductory text I have yet to read a better book than The Oxford Solid State Basics.

Here are some of the reasons why this is the best introductory book to solid state physics:

1. It's readable, concise and ultimately fun. The sense of humor sprinkled here and there plus the annotations that add a bit of commentary, historical context and trivia are wonderful nuggets to share. Learning from this book is actually enjoyable!

2. The author has organized and synthesized all these electron theories for metals in a very understandable package. Sommerfeld, Drude, Debye, Einstein, all have a lot of similarities and some books call these by different names, adding to the confusion. Simon clearly explains these, and what's more, highlights their relationships and shortcomings, an excellent topic to cover that very few other books do. Ultimately though, it's the delivery of these topics that make it special. As I said before, his writing is by far the most readable.

3. Finally someone took the time to sort out all these Fermi "blanks" that pervade solid state physics. It seems so simple now.

4. He helps the reader not get caught up in mathematical rigor and he directs one to appendices in the interest of maintaining the course and gain a conceptual understanding first. This is much appreciated since most solid state physics books seem to rely on forcing the reader to look through a lot of math to draw the conclusions that Simon has so graciously provided for free.

5. The definitions are magnificent. Simple, clear and to the point.
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By Pepper on 16 Mar. 2014
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I bought this book on recommendation of my lecturer for a 3rd Year Condensed Matter physics course. It's very well laid out, and the descriptions of the phenomena are conversational which really adds something; I tried the Hook and Hall solid state physics and was much less of a fan of this. It covers most of the material I needed for my course at the right level(with the exception of some content on transport theory) and I suppose the only downside is that it could contain more detail on some phenomena - but these are really only quibbles as they're outside of the scope of the book.
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The content of the book is very good. The author explains the concepts clearly. However, the only concern is the quality of the printing. The reprinted version (2014) by Clay Ltd, St Ives plc. is much worse than the first edition in 2013 by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon, CR0 4YY. The ink does not print well on the paper. If not for the quality of printing, I would have given a five star. Oxford University Press should really think about changing the printing company.
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I haven't read the book but I know the author was one of the most popular Physics TAs when I was a student at Harvard because he has excellent communication skills and understands which concepts are difficult for students to comprehend. I wish this book was available when I was a student. Maybe I'll get a copy for my nephew.
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One of the best physics textbooks I have bought for my degree.

Best for reading through in order, rather than for reference - but it is short and focused enough to do so.
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