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1.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Hopeless, 2 Feb 2010
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This review is from: Introduction to Solid State Physics (Hardcover)
This new edition attempts to correct some of the failings of the previous edition.
But basically nothing but a full rewrite with a whole new perspective and manner of communication -- a new work, really -- could achieve that.
This book is a classic failure on an area that is amongst the most interesting in the physical sciences over the last 50 years.
It is also a classic example of 2 other things:-

1) How knowledgeable professors, who must be adequate when verbally communicating their own subject, can fail to explain even simple concepts in the printed medium.

2) How technical publishers continually allow a prospective author's academic/research reputation to dazzle them into publishing unclear and incoherent textbooks.

Let's hope that the present-day feasibility of self-publishing will encourage those lecturers who would - given a bit of home study leave - easily produce a better text than this sort of thing.
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