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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 1st MIT edition (August 17, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262580500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262580502
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
I've had this book for well over 20 years, and every couple of years I get it back out, re-read it and try a few new experiments. This book would be good for a child (with supervision) who is interested in cause-and-effects relations of science. Some simple crystal experiments may be carried out in hours, some take longer.
Even an old engineer still enjoys this book!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Nevada Charlie on October 5, 2002
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I first used this book in 1963 as a tutorial on crystal growing
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gentle Miant on October 28, 2009
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I purchased my first copy of this when I was a teenager, and I've never seen such a thorough treatment of crystals and crystal growing since. I was happy to find this to replace the one I lost.
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