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Electrical Properties of Materials Paperback – January 22, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0199267934 ISBN-10: 0195672259 Edition: 7th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 7 edition (January 22, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195672259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199267934
  • ASIN: 0199267936
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 0.9 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,946,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...'this text illustrates the fundamentals of electrical properties of material with reference to contemporary applications in engineering...'. Materials World Incorporating International Mining and Minerals. April 2004.

`Review from previous edition "I found it easy to use as a textbook. There are very few mathematical difficulties."' Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen

`"... popular with students, largely because it is sprinkled with pleasant humour ... major strengths are in its sense of humour and its range ..."' Materials Scientist, MIT

`"... main strengths are clarity of presentation and the style of writing ... If there was a "bedtime reading" book on electrical properties then this is it!"' Lecturer, Birmingham University

`"The unique approach, accessible style and wide range of topics make this invaluable for undergraduate teaching."' Physics Lecturer, Staffordshire University

About the Author

Professor Laszlo Solymar and Dr Donald Walsh are both at the Department of Engineering, Oxford University, UK

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Kawai on February 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
Along the way, Dr. Solymar proves time and time again that he has not mastered many of the chemistry and physics topics that he attempts to explain. The uncertainty relation is proved via an arbitrarily chosen width for a wave packet without mention of the correct way to derive this relationship (found in any number of quantum mechanics books), and the final uncertainty relationship is stated incorrectly. Bragg's relationship is stated wrong. I guess he does not care to differentiate between greater than or equal to and greater than; nor between h and hbar (nor between the inclusion or exclusion of a factor of 2). However, for an introductory text, I would see it appropriate to get the equations and proof-approaches as correct as possible. If ugly algebra is what he is trying to avoid in this introductory text, he should at least provide the correct setups for each derivation, provide the relevant results, and guide the reader to alternative texts for a full-on mathematical work-up. Instead, what Dr. Solymar resorts to are cute, but useless stories, and arbitrary or unconventional approaches to 'prove' equations (usually not proofs at all, but a sequence of equalities showing that one result is consistent with another).

You wouldn't use arithmetic rules and algebraic laws learned in secondary school to prove the more basic set theory (which can be derived from a basic set of axioms); nor would you use Pauli's exclusions principle to prove the form of a multi-particle wave equation for identical/indistinguishable particles. Yet Dr. Solymar does exactly this: 'prove' things in the wrong direction, or start at a certain arbitrary result (without making explicit the assumptions), using this random starting point to 'prove' a very critical result.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. Bryce on August 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
I read this book for the first time in the university book store when shopping for a class. I ended up not taking the class, but the style was so accessible that I got a copy of the text anyway.

It isn't a rigorous text as noted by another reviewer, however that reviewer I believe missed the point of the text completely. Somewhere I recall the audience was suggested to be 2nd year college student. Electrical Engineers rarely have had quantum mechanics by that point, if they take it at all. A course our of Kittel, Ashcroft and Mermin or similar would be needed first to truly be rigorous. The class that covers many of the topics in this book is a 400 level class at Cornell, one that assumes both solid state, and quantum as previous courses. Clearly no book that starts with what an electron is will get to how a superconductor in so few pages, in a rigorous manner.

No the point of this text is to introduce some rules and wave ones hands a bit to see why they should be true. While a greater number of rules and postulates may be less satisfying to some, it can be ever bit as useful if you can remember them all.

Solymar and Walsh do this. Not flawlessly, but in a text that is readable. Readability is important. This book is readable in the sense that Feynman's books are. The book is good for someone in another field or as a basic intro, as long as you understand you are getting a sketch. Sketches are useful, this book is also. Recommended.
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