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ISBN-13: 978-0486678399 ISBN-10: 0486678393 Edition: Reprint

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  • Series: Dover Books on Chemistry
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Reprint edition (January 7, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486678393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486678399
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By "akdogan" on March 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is definitely a good starting point to learn Crystallography. As a matter of fact the title is in my opinion a little misleading since the book really introduces the reader to X-ray Crystallography... The book starts with a concise yet elementary discussion of crystal lattices, point groups and space groups. The chapters are nicely woven together so that the reader easily develops a sense of continuity as the the concepts are introduced. Principles of diffraction phenomena and determination of atomic positions are very densely discussed. However the treatment is "crystal" clear and no vital details are ignored for the sake of "simplicity". The overall treatment is very elementary and requires an extremely modest amount of mathematical background. Fourier series a briefly introduced in the discussion of electron density and structure factors in an effective manner. The effect of glide planes and screw axes on the structure factor (systematic absences) are elegantly described in the examples. I wish D. Sands would have written an longer book and have included more material in structure determination as well as powder diffractometry itself (that's why the books is rated 4 stars only). He certainly has the ability to effectively get the points across throughout his book in a elegant fashion making the book easily readable. The book is ideally suited for those who would like to make their first steps into X-ray crystallography. In addition, the price is so right (as is the case with all Dover Series) you can not go wrong. I highly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John W. Foltz IV on October 17, 2007
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This book is an excellent introduction to crystallography. If you aren't interested in group theory, which most material scientists aren't, this is the book for you. The book covers the international crystallography notation well, describes some x-ray diffraction and reciprocal lattice topics, and overall conveyed the topics better than some professors can.

For the price, I highly recommend picking this up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justin W. Millard on March 14, 2015
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This book is a must for beginners in the study of crystallography. It covers with worked out examples many of the themes, techniques, and approaches of structure determination, from a historical perspective and almost as a "Cliff Notes" version of the foundations, techniques and approaches within current crystallography. Easy to follow terms and descriptions. Lattice geometries, symmetries, fourier terms, intensities, structure factors and electron densities; it's all there. This works as my "bible" in addition to my actual Holy Bible. I can't say enough good things about this book. Lastly, it's supremely affordable. Buy it.
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The title is extremely accurate. Though the information in this book is decades old, it's short and to the point and a great starting point for beginners. Highly recommended to physicists, chemists and—of course—biochemists who are looking for a gentle introduction to this enormously important technique.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lance C. Hibbeler on January 25, 2011
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This is a nice little book covering basic crystallography. Weighing in at a paltry 165 pages, Sands covers crystals, symmetry, groups, and experimental crystallography. Although brief, he is not overly concise (a good thing for an introductory text). He goes into enough detail to get you the basic idea with out bogging you down in the details. For example, most scientists and engineers could care less about group theory; Sands gives the rigorous mathematical definition of a group and then steps immediately back into discussing how they help us as crystallographers. The explanations are, for the most part, lucid and easy to follow. The diagrams are thought out pretty well and help the discussion. The chapters are speckled with short exercises for you to test yourself.

I would strongly recommend this book if you need a crash course or refresher in crystallography, or as a supplement to other books.
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Want to know what space group are and what those mysterious symbols "Pmm2" are? This is the book you should start from.
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