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Electronic Properties of Engineering Materials [Hardcover]

James D. Livingston
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December 21, 1999 047131627X 978-0471316275 1
It includes both chemical and physical approaches to the properties of solids, and clearly separates those aspects of materials properties that can be tackled with classical physics from those that require quantum mechanics.
* Quantum mechanics are introduced later to allow readers to be familiar with some of the mathematics necessary for quantum mechanics before being exposed to its bewildering fundamental concepts.
* Discusses the electronic properties of solids from the viewpoint of elementary band theory, and end with a brief treatment of semiconductors and some semiconducting devices.

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Livingston helps make the complex concepts behind the electronic properties of materials much more accessible for students. His very readable writing style and clear organization help to make the key topics much easier to understand. The first part of this text presents only “classical” ideas, covering the electronic properties of solids that are pertinent to the use of materials as components in various products. The second part introduces Quantum mechanics and applies Quantum chemistry and Quantum physics to the basic properties of metals, insulators, and semiconductors. This approach allows the student to become familiar with some of the mathematics necessary for Quantum mechanics before being exposed to the more challenging fundamental concepts.

Special features of the Text:

  • Quantum chemistry and Quantum physics are presented in a balanced approach.
  • A strong focus is placedon optical properties of solids. Students will be especially interested on the coverage of color which answers everyday Questions from why the sky is blue to why the grass is green.
  • Actual engineering applications are used frequently to show students the importance of the developments of math physics.

Other texts available in the MIT Series:




THE STRUCTURE OF MATERIALS , Allen, Thomas, 00082-5

About the Author

After retiring from the Materials Department of General Electric’s Research and Development Center, Jim Livingston has been teaching undergraduate materials science at MIT since 1989. While working at GE, his research areas included hard and soft magnetic materials, high-field and high-temperature superconductors, dislocations, mechanical properties, and eutectic and eutectoid transformations.

Livingston earned a Bachelor of Engineering Physics at Cornell University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. at Harvard University. Along with writing over 150 technical articles, he has also authored a monograph on the metallurgy of superconductors and a popular-science book Driving Force: The Natural Magic of Magnets. Jim is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of ASM International and the American Physical Society, and a member of TMS, MRS, AAAS, and the IEEE Magnetics Society.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 21, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047131627X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471316275
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

James D. Livingston's professional career was mostly in physics, first with GE and later with MIT, and most of his writings in the 20th century were in physics, including an undergraduate textbook and a popular-science book (Driving Force: The Natural Magic of Magnets). Moving into the 21st century, he gradually moved into retirement from physics research and teaching, and began to broaden his writing topics into history, a long-time interest of his.

Results in book form include A Very Dangerous Woman: Martha Wright and Woman's Rights (2004, co-authored with his wife Sherry Penney) and Arsenic and Clam Chowder: Murder in Gilded Age New York (2010). Both books focus on 19th-century female relatives of Jim's. Martha Wright is his great-great grandmother, a prominent activist in the woman's rights and abolition movements. The central character of Arsenic and Clam Chowder is Mary Alice Livingston, a black-sheep cousin who was accused of murdering her mother in 1895. Mary Alice is not nearly as admirable as Martha Wright, but she's also very interesting. Often black sheep can be more interesting than all those white ones.

Coming in 2011 is a return to popular science, Rising Force: The Magic of Magnetic Levitation (Harvard University Press). He expects it to be uplifting.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Boook March 6, 2003
This is an excellent intorductory course book on the subject of electronic sciences. I am really impressed with Part 2 ( chapetre 8 to 16)- Quantum Mechanically Approach. The text is well supported by the the example after a subtopic. The concept of the energy bands, bonds, free electron theory, semiconductors are really explained very well from a conceptual point of view. The prolems in the books really gives an insight and by solving the problem clears the basic concepts of the subject.
Overall, the book is very good for a grasp in the subject.
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