"In this text intended for a one-year graduate course, Marder (physics, U. of Texas, Austin) comments in the preface that this second edition incorporates the many thousands of updates and corrections suggested by readers of the first edition published in 1999, and he even gives credit to several individuals who found the most errors. He also points out that "the entire discipline of condensed matter is roughly ten percent older than when the first edition was written, so adding some new topics seemed appropriate." These new topics - chosen because of increasing recognition of their importance - include graphene and nanotubes, Berry phases, Luttinger liquids, diffusion, dynamic light scattering, and spin torques. The text also gives more leisurely attention to the topics of primary interest to most students: electron and phonon bond structures." (Reference and Research Book News, February 2011)
This Second Edition of the unified treatment of condensed matter physics keeps the best of the first, providing a basic foundation in the subject while addressing many recent discoveries. Comprehensive and authoritative, it consolidates the critical advances of the past fifty years, bringing together an exciting collection of new and classic topics, dozens of new figures, and new experimental data.
This updated edition offers a thorough treatment of such basic topics as band theory, transport theory, and semiconductor physics, as well as more modern areas such as quasicrystals, dynamics of phase separation, granular materials, quantum dots, Berry phases, the quantum Hall effect, and Luttinger liquids. In addition to careful study of electron dynamics, electronics, and superconductivity, there is much material drawn from soft matter physics, including liquid crystals, polymers, and fluid dynamics.
Provides frequent comparison of theory and experiment, both when they agree and when problems are still unsolved
Incorporates many new images from experiments
Provides end-of-chapter problems including computational exercises
Includes more than fifty data tables and a detailed forty-page index
Offers a solutions manual for instructors
Featuring 370 figures and more than 1,000 recent and historically significant references, this volume serves as a valuable resource for graduate and undergraduate students in physics, physics professionals, engineers, applied mathematicians, materials scientists, and researchers in other fields who want to learn about the quantum and atomic underpinnings of materials science from a modern point of view.
I definitley don't recommend it to beginner of this subject.
In addition, his end-of-chapter problems can be relatively uninformative and tedious i.e. you are left asking why did I just do this problem?
I used this book for a Graduate class in Condensed Matter Physics but I didn't get as much as I wanted from the book.
Every student (all 8 of us!) in my graduate SSP class agrees that this book's mathematical notation is inconsistent. This leads to difficulties in following derivations. Read morePublished 10 months ago by M-A B
Okay coverage of material at graduate level but most areas are explained better in Kittel and many of the problems are the same as Kittel.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
I used this book for a Graduate class in Condensed Matter Physics but I didn't get as much as I wanted from the book. Read morePublished on May 27, 2011 by athen not