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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2006
The parts of the book they give you are fine, but the publisher is greedy at the students expense. First off, the last five chapters are NOT included in the text! You have to go 'online' to get them. I bought a new copy with the access code, there is no longer any CD that comes with it, it is all 'online'. I use quotes b/c 'online' means registering your info with the publisher and then being allowed to get the material. I did this and had to carefully avoid checking all the right boxes to avoid spamming, which still didn't stop it. But after all that is done, they send you a confirmation email, an email I didn't get. Gmail might rightfully trash this companies emails. The result is denial of trying to register a second time with the same code, and nullification of that code if you don't authenticate within a week. So now I don't have access to any of the material and have to pay for the price of the book again to get a new access code. My other choice is to fail the quizzes!

If you are a student, don't buy this book for reference, as it is incomplete, and the website will probably only function until the next edition comes out. You can't buy it used as you have to pay for the access anyway.

Professors who are interested, please do your students a favor and stay away from this book. If you like the way it works, look into using the sixth edition, as I am pretty sure it has every chapter in it even if it is slightly outdated and it is still sold on Amazon. Your students can also buy a used copy. Even if they buy a new copy, they don't risk being sucked dry from this greedy publisher.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 14 January 2007
This book is a must have for anyone who is studying engineering. I have found it an invaluable source information as my lecturer in the subject is often confusing and the notes poor. I do have to agree sadly though with a past reviewer about the online portion. I registered online then didn't receive an email so now I am unable to access any of the online content. For this I am giving the book a 3, if only they could fix the web portion this book would be an easy 5.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2011
I am a mechanical and materials engineering student and bought this book after borrowing it from the library multiple times because of all the different content it contains, although the detail with some of the sections is far more limited than others (e.g. there is much more information regarding steels than any other alloy; granted it is very widely used, but furter detail on other alloys would be nicer).

The general quality of the content and the way of explanation is good (although I have notcied a few mistakes, which can make you start to question some less obvious content), with much use of colour diagrams. However, most of the example problems require you to log into the 'Wiley' website using a code sent with the book, where supposedly you can access the answers to questions as well as a wide array of 'additional chapters'. I have tried to enter this code and log on, but I cannot access the material; I notice that others who bought this book have had a similar problem. I have given up trying to get onto the website due to the hassel it was giving, and so cannot comment on the quality of the web material.

Overall, the book is good, especially so when used for notemaking or cross-referenceing due to the coverage of the content (I should probably mention that this book is for materials and not mechanical). However, the greed of the writers/publishers in not giving answers or all the chapters, as well as some content written better and more extensively than others means the rating cannot be higher than 3 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2010
Great book for those studying for an engineering degree, good sections on corrosion, diffusion, ferrous and non ferrous alloys, phase equilibrium diagrams, etc, as well good coverage on ceramics and composites. However, does miss a few of the details which Donald Askeland's book (The Science and Engineering of Materials) does cover. I would probably buy both as they compliment one another well to give a broad yet detailed knowledge of this subject.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2000
If this book was a woman I'd ask it to marry me! This book has been useful to me since the day I started my degree. I've used it for my introductory materials courses in the first two years and I'm still using it now, for my advanced aerospace materials course in my third and final year. Buy the book, even if you don't study materials science of engineering, as it looks impessive on your bookshelf!! BUY IT!!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 28 September 2000
If you are studying Material Engineering then you cannot go wrong with this book. Around 900 pages for £25! It includes lots of information that you need in a first year materials course and then is still usefull for the duration of the course.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2006
I cannot fault this text book in any way possible! It is just perfect!! Every day after leaving my Chemical Engineering lecture, i would review what was taught by reading the text book, and i just cannot emphasise enough how much it engraved all the essential concepts in my brain!! I wish i could give it more than 5 stars!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2010
This text book is a must have for all 1st year matrials students. Many of the concepts are explained clearly in the text book and the illustration go a long way. Howver i disagree witht the book having an online part to it as i think this is unecessary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 March 2009
I used this for my college introductory course in material science and engineering. The organizatin is clear. I like how the authors put in real-life cases and concepts with supporting photos. Overall, it's been a decent book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2009
A really good book. I have only been at college for half a term & already this book is proving to be a valuable book, as it explains the teachers notes in more detail. It has also been usefull for writing my assignments.
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