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Excellent text -- thorough, descriptive, and authoritative
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.