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Chemical Bonding in Solids (Topics in Inorganic Chemistry)

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ISBN-13: 978-0195089929
ISBN-10: 0195089928
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"I found the critical re-inspection of familiar concepts such as ionic radii and close packing of spheres most interesting. The author does away with Pauling's rules and the classification of bond types as introduced by Van Arkel and Ketelaar."--Wolfgang Sachtler, Northwestern University


About the Author

Jeremy K. Burdett is at University of Chicago.
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Product Details

  • Series: Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (March 30, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195089928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195089929
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,523,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author attempts to show that there is an interconnection between all the various model concepts which are used by chemistists to explain the structure and properties of solids. The first time I read this book I found it to be a rather garbled collection of facts which did not seem to fit together the way I and hoped for given the reputation of the the late Prof. Burdett. However, by the time I had finished the book I went back and re-read large parts of it I found that the book is more then just a loose collection of ideas. He really is trying to tie all of this stuff together. I am not completely convinced by the author's view that the metallic bond is a useless concept (there goes all that useful physics based on the free electron gas) nor do I think the author has fully explored all sides of the question. A better bridge between free electron and pseudopotential theory and tight binding theory should have been built and thus the book does not fully link the parts of solids state science which fall under the ``metallic bond'' to the molecular orbital picture. The presentation lacks any hard proof or mathimatical derivation which would have been nice in the case of the method of moments. As an aside the origional papers published in 1985 JACS by the author and Stephen Lee which outline the general theory are not accessable to the genreral chemistry audience and something in between the hard math of 1985 and the no math of this book would have been nice-those interested in more detail should look in Solid State Physics Vol. 35). So for those who wish for a book which gives more physics behind some of these loose concepts this book is not it. Often the book oversimplifies and does not explore topics in more then a superficial way.Read more ›
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