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Crystals and Crystal Growing Paperback – August 17, 1982
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An excellent introduction to crystallography (and, incidentally, to much basic physics) written in plain language, this is the obvious book to turn 'rock hounds' (adult or teenaged) to a fuller understanding of the background of their hobby and to a greater enjoyment of an amateur interest in geology. The text is supplemented by descriptions of simple (and cheap!) experiments and suggestions for additional reading.(Library Journal)
This work is a 'fascinating discussion of the strange ways in which solids form, an excellent hobby book describing ways of growing crystals, and a lucid, penetrating introduction to solid state physics. It can be read on any of these levels; or ideally, on all...[the book] should prove a delight to all readers.(Science)
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methods. Not only did it provide step-by-step instructions that
actually worked, but it explained the physics of crystals and the process of crystallization in language that a high school student could easily understand. I used various salts to grow exquisite
crystals of different colors, obtaining most of my materials from local sources and my chemistry teacher. My experiments were performed in a depression under our house ... with a dirt floor. this was my "chemistry laboratory." The evaporation method produced cloudy crystals, so I reverted to the supersaturated technique to produce perfect specimens. My heating mantle consisted of a coffee can with a hole cut in it to insert a light bulb. This worked very well. Over the years I have frequently referred to this book and recommended it to others. I still do so. It is worth its weight in gold.
Even an old engineer still enjoys this book!
The book covers basic chemistry of crystals, their symmetry, the six classes of crystals, as well as some interesting topics like piezoelectricity and birefringence (splitting light by polarization to give two images) that occur in some crystals. One learns some things that would be covered in an introduction to mineralogy or physical metallurgy (for example, it explains what a "stacking fault" is).
It is written at the level of a secondary school student, but this should not discourage other readers. The book is easy to read and well illustrated with simple diagrams and very little math is used. One often has to pause, however, to visualize what the authors are describing. (But it is helpful that they make heavy use of diagrams of hypothetical two-dimensional crystals before moving on to the actual three-dimensional ones.) There are also some good suggestions for further reading.
A drawback might be the difficulty today of obtaining some of the chemicals used to grow the crystals described.
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Arrived used and yet in very good condition. Interesting book and interesting experiment growing some crystals.Published 9 months ago by Amazon pleased customer
Very great read, I made sweet crystals with this guide.Published 14 months ago by veronica sherwood
This book does not contain any useful information. It may be wonderful handbook for young kid that is interesting in crystals growth process and their nature, moreover it is... Read morePublished on August 7, 2008 by L. Kozlov