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Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction Hardcover – December 30, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0470419977 ISBN-10: 0470419970 Edition: 8th
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  • Hardcover: 992 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons; 8th edition (December 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470419970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470419977
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful By George F on August 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Don't waste your money. William D. Callister has rewritten this book into many editions, some of which occur under different titles. The price for this book also seems to be increasing disproportionately with the addition of valuable information (the book is just overpriced). I would recommend this book to anyone perusing a degree other then materials science. The book does provide a good amount of breadth and is a good reference if this is the only materials science course work that you will ever do. If you are a materials scientist then taking a class with this book as the primary text will only result in redundancy. The book is an overview of processing and properties that doesn't provide enough background theory and explanation to develop an understanding of materials science. I used this book in my sophomore year in my very first materials science class and it is my understanding that most other materials science programs use this book in the same fashion. The catch of the book is that until you have studied thermodynamics, crystallography, and mechanical properties in your later years of study this book only forces you to memorize rules, properties, and theories without understanding why or how such things exist. The book couldn't even be called a top down approach to materials science because it doesn't go down at all. All of the information in this book will be reiterated in later course work using other texts that will actually help you to understand in a more complete way the concepts of materials science.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David R on December 29, 2012
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I sold my newer edition and got an older edition (costs less money). This book has great detail and great at explaining things. I am a materials engineer and this is by far my most referenced book for a jumping off point. If you are unclear about something, I would start with this book and it will provide general details. After that, you can use resources that are more focused on a certain subject. I use it to refresh on basic ideas all of the time. This book provides such a strong foundation you would be crazy not to have it on your book shelf for reference if you do anything really materials oriented.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Aaron on January 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
(skip this paragraph if you dont want to know my relevant credentials). I'm a student working for a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and planning for a master's and then a Ph.D. At the time of writing I'm a self-taught hobbyist and play around with programming, electronics, and mechanical parts. So I am not a professional by any means but i've learned most of what i know by doing everything myself.

The book is an introduction book, period. It only introduces you to the complex world of materials. I get frustrated when I'm given an equation and I'm not told where it came from or shown how to derive it. So I felt left out for a majority of this class because almost all of the equations were given to me and little to no derivation involved. It does a good job of covering everything which is what an intro book should do and it also shows diagrams to reinforce the information. I would have liked to have a few more diagrams and pictures to explain a few concepts that i couldn't quite understand.

I like how it starts from the atom and then moves up in scale to crystal unit structure, crystal boundary, and upwards. Then uses that basis for the rest of the book. Theres a lot of good helpful information that I learned from this book and i hope others learn from it too.

I didnt like how in some of the chapters both in earlier and later chapters the book would refer to a chart in other chapters to answer questions or for reference for explaining numbers in examples. Of all the frustrations i had I think the one thing i didn't like the most was how the solutions to answers at the back of the book were selective.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Juan A. Ramos on December 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have the physical copy of the prior version and the pdf of this one. He changed some pictures, added a few pages, but overall, they're one and the same. I didn't like the price and when the teacher mentioned they were using an updated version, I changed back to the old one as my main text and this as a pdf reference book. The same material covered in the old one is covered in this version. Needless to say I discovered the differences as I read. Some of the real life approach problems are changed (if not all of them) and the artwork looks nice.

However, is it worth the bloated asking price? No. In my opinion, buy the older version if you simply must have a hard copy of the book in your life (I prefer the physical book) and acquire the pdf to make sure you can reference whatever the professor assigns during recitation.

The book is, as the title explains, an Introduction to the course. If you're an ME student, then you'll definitely have more Material Science classes (particularly for your Senior year) and your curriculum will select your emphasis (probably same as mine: metals & composites). So what you learn here is basically the foundations to what you will use as well later.
The later chapters begin to hit levels of difficulty that are...a bit confusing if you haven't taken courses like Physics II yet, Circuits I, or Thermo. However, the book does a decent job of giving you just enough to figure it out. Although the electron energy band levels in the electronic properties chapter could have been explained better and the carbon fiber and MEMS systems sections were both glossed over despite their massive influence in the world of Material Science. In addition, there is a lot of technology that is evolved in the last few years, which this book has not even really mentioned, so it's great for basics, but leaves out so much necessary information, in my opinion.
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