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on September 26, 2007
I had the pleasure of using an earlier review copy of this text in one of Professor McHenry's crystallography classes. His profound crystallographic knowledge and understanding of students translate well to the text, which I can easily say is one of the best books I've read on crystal structure.

The book goes through the mathematical and historical background of crystallography, progressing from the simple to the complex. The first half of the book describes general crystal systems, symmetry operations, and how to describe crystal properties mathematically. In the second portion of the book he describes in detail many crystal systems, ranging from layered superconducting oxides to molecular solids. This approach worked particularly well for me, since I first learned the basics and then how to apply them to real-world systems.

I would whole-heartedly recommend this book to any student looking for a deep, thorough treatment of crystallography. Professors McHenry and DeGraef have managed to craft a thorough but completely readable text that is sure to become a standard for future materials science students.
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on September 23, 2008
We're using this text in a graduate-level course on material structures. The book is generally well organized but there are few worked examples, especially in the later chapters. There are also minor, but noticeable, gaps and omissions in the explanations.

Throughout the book the author is fond of statements to the effect of 'and by inspection of the diagram it is obvious that...', where in-fact it is not obvious how to make that conclusion from the diagram or table. For example, the chapter on stereographic projections is mostly high-level explanation and little time is devoted to operations that one can actually perform using them.

The chapters on direct and reciprocal space are long in derivation, short in conclusions. More worked examples in these chapters would remedy this problem. And end-of-chapter summary of the most important relationships derived in the chapter would also be useful.

Overall, this book is a great reference, but needs more worked examples and explanations of key relationships to be an effective course textbook.
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on October 24, 2011
Doing homework from this book is awful. There are little to none examples of worked out problems to actually understand how the math and the reasoning behind each step. There is little explanation on how to actually approach a problem. One problem you actually had to measure the Debye-Scherrer lines ON THE BOOK to get an answer with no explanation that that procedure had to be done. The whole book explains every process in a a vague way by trying to not be vague giving long winded explanations.
This book was barely a help in my Crystallography class.
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on January 24, 2013
The book does not have sufficient worked examples to solve some problems at the end of the chapters. The Historical notes section is a neat addition, I think the book could be revised to make the content a little more helpful in solving problems.
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on June 13, 2009
The book is a light introduction to crystallography - meaning it does not assume much background (it even goes to the point of explaining the concept of the dot product!). The short size of the chapters (~10-15 pages each), and the large amount of space dedicated to explaining even the simplest concepts makes the book not only easy but readable.

Still, it is a thorough introduction to crystallography. The book has been clearly written for undergrads who've just been introduced to the concepts of linear algebra and calculus (hence it is careful not to rush the mathematics), but because it is thorough and clear it's gotta work well for graduates as well - especially for those coming from non-MSE fields (e.g. Physics).

I give it high stars for clear and comprehensive presentation of the material. But I'm used to books like Kittel's "Thermal Physics" and "Solid State Physics, or Griffiths "Introduction to Electrodynamics" - which were not only comprehensive and rigorous, but required you to work as hard as the author - Kittel and Griffith didn't give you *everything*, and required that you think hard to understand the material.

But de Graef gives everything to you - you won't find yourself tearing your hair out trying to understand the material. Sure you learn, and even the lazy will do well - but, the real value of an education is that it makes you good at figuring out hard concepts on your own. de Graef's book just *doesn't* do this. It'll give you a lot of new knowledge, but it won't exercise your analytical abilities that much unless your perhaps a sophomore.
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on February 8, 2009
The price was great, the book was in great condition and it arrived just on time. i was very pleased. i would recommend to anyone
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