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Crystal Structure Analysis: A Primer Hardcover – July 6, 1972

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"This book would make an excellent text for an undergraduate and/or graduate level course in x-ray analysis of single crystals for structure determinations. It would also serve as a good introduction for an interested individual." --The Microscope

"Can be highly recommended as an undergraduate text...and... to any scientist who desires an introduction to structure determination....In producing their second edition, the authors have made the book even better by updating and judiciously enlarging it" --Acta Crystallographica

"This book is a truly excellent introduction to the concepts and practices of single-crystal diffraction. It is written in a comfortable style , and the illustrations...are generally excellent....I enthusiastically recommend it to beginning students." --Journal of the American Chemical Society

"An excellent book for people starting to learn to solve structures of crystals."--I. Kahn, Illinois Institute of Technology --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jenny P. Glusker is at Institute for Cancer Research, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia. Kenneth N. Trueblood is at UCLA. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (July 6, 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019501426X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195014266
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,156,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Peter Muller on December 12, 2010
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This is the third edition of a real classic! Ever since it first came out in 1971 the Glusker/Trueblood has been one of the best introductory texts on crystallography. It was updated the first time in 1985: Crystal Structure Analysis -- A Primer, second edition, however in the last 25 years crystallography has changed enough to make the second edition seem outdated. Therefore I sometimes preferred the also excellent book by Massa Crystal Structure Determination, which does not cover quite as much ground but was more up-to-date. The "better" is the strongest enemy of the "good" and with the advent of the third edition of the Glusker/Trueblood, I am now recommending "Crystal Structure Analysis: A Primer" by Jenny Glusker and Ken Trueblood without hesitation to anyone who wants to learn more about crystallography. Every aspect from definition of a crystal to the diffraction experiment, phase problem, symmetry in real and reciprocal space, structure refinement and critical interpretation of the results is covered by this fabulous book and every chapter is perfectly up-to-date (even taking into consideration research conducted in 2009).

I would like to point out a few highlights:
(1) The chapter on Direct Methods absolutely stellar. It is better than any attempt to tackle this difficult topic I have ever seen. Even if you are already fairly advanced in crystallography but haven't quite understood how Direct Methods work: chapter 8 of this book will help you.
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