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Introduction to the Structure of Matter: A Course in Modern Physics Hardcover – 2 Nov 1988

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  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; First Edition, Fifth edition (2 Nov. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047160531X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471605317
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 5.2 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,000,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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this book is a systematic, clear, self-contained and complete introduction to modern physics, the authors even bothered to give all the details to some "basic" calculation too often given for granted in other textbooks
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As a physics undergrad I have found this book to be one of the best I have come across, perfect for Atomic, Molecular and Quantum physics. Has a great balance of wordiness and mathematical workings out. So if you can't understand the mathematical concepts behind something reading through the text helps a lot.

I was lucky enough to be able to loan it out from my university library (as it is on the very pricy side of text books) at the beginning of the year, and have held on to it for the whole year now, and may even do so next year. This is the must have book for university level physics.
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The article arrived two days outside the time window previously proposed, which is not too bad, except it was the very last day of business before Christmas; let's call it "Just there".

I buy second hand books every now and then, and I would say the quality of the received item was one step below advertised. Upon buying I thought it was marked as "good condition" but had water damage/stains in the page sides and some tear and wear in cover and edges. Other than this, all pages are legible and I would qualify the book as "usable".

My biggest complain is that the article did not include a bill. To be refunded from our accounting department I had to cut off the customs declaration from the thick cardboard box, and then explain the circumstance. This is not acceptable in Spain, all purchases should be properly billed.
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crap, never helped me in my degree. the only book i've ever thrown across the room in anger at its lack of information
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d732c9c) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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HASH(0x9d7657bc) out of 5 stars Good all-round text on modern physics 20 Oct. 2005
By Newton Ooi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This hefty textbook provides a solid introduction to the major fields of modern physics; i.e. physics in the 20th century. These topics are relativity, the structure of atoms, quantum mechanics, and nuclear physics. The text is appropriate for physics majors in the 3rd or 4th year of college, and is also a good book for students of materials science who are learning modern physics as an elective. The book is comparatively low on math and high in verbosity compared to other physics texts of the same subject matter; hence making it more accessible to non-physicists like engineers, chemists, etc... Each chapter comes complete with homework problems, and in this reviewer's experience, they are well done and error-free. I do not recommend this book for a one-semester class, it covers enough subject matter for 2-3 classes in modern physics - quantum mechanics. Overall, a good book to learn about modern physics and its ties with materials science.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d7657ec) out of 5 stars Good Value 27 Jan. 2003
By Larry Musa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a junior or senior level text on essentially all of modern physics. Every topic is well explained and at a high level. It is short of a graduate text, but very good in terms of physics rather than mathematics. The main difference being ,I think, is a graduate text uses more advanced math (calculus of variations, bras and kets,group theory, etc) whereas this book only uses partial differential equations . However, the PDEs do suffice to accurately derive the results, and the student should certainly know both approaches.
Numerical solutions are given to about half of the chapters problems.
Additionally, the authors have went to the trouble of tracing the origin and development of the subjects, and explaining the motivations and difficulties that the pioneers faced, when possible.
It is true there is too much material to be covered in a single year...but I think this just adds to the value since it can be used as a reference as well as text.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9de8aa8c) out of 5 stars Clear, detailed account of modern physics 20 Feb. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book does cover a lot of information that it seems overwhelming. However, this is only because the authors explain the concepts "all the way". For example, the discussion on wave packets includes the explanation of phase (an excellent diagram for learning how to visualize phase and group velocity) plus some details on complex analysis. Basically I find the descriptions of experiments, concepts and math very clear and detailed.
I would say that the verbosity of this book is excellent for people who like to get all the details clear. Readers with much faster brain processors, those who can't wait to learn more of QM or those who understands much of the fundamental physics and math behind QM might be bored by this book.
Summary:
Pros: 1. Clear Explanations 2. attention to thorough and detailed explanation 3. some excellent diagrams!!!!
Cons: 1. Too verbose for some 2. rather heavy to carry around!!!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d5fe0fc) out of 5 stars Too many topics 24 Mar. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is meant for first or second year major student in physics. I am a second year student myself and I found this book quite frustrating. It covers many topics in modern physics, perhaps too many. The treatment of subject is not thorough enough and especially the real theoretical side is often omitted. The subject is difficult enough by itself and this book is not the greatest source of information.
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