- Series: In a Nutshell
- Hardcover: 592 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press; First Edition (1st printing) edition (October 24, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0691140162
- ISBN-13: 978-0691140162
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.5 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,507,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Mahan's book does an admirable job of covering the broad subject of condensed matter physics in a balanced way. Virtually every important modern topic is explained. The informal narrative style gives the reader the sense of sitting in on a lecture by the master. The long search for a suitable text for a one-year graduate course on condensed matter physics may finally be over."--Patrick A. Lee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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"Mahan is a nuts-and-bolts theorist. Condensed Matter in a Nutshell includes many current hot topics, and the problem sets are well chosen. The book will help those trained in chemistry and materials science, both professionals and students, to come to grips with the current thinking in condensed matter physics, and it directs readers where to go for deeper immersion."--Zachary Fisk, University of California, Irvine
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Also, I found minor errors in the first proof I tried to do (Chapter 3, Floquet's theorem). Subscripts and primes disappeared for no reason. I was unable to find errata online.
On the upside, it looks like the book covers many advanced condensed matter topics (one advantage of a dense style).
That all said, you may like the author's style more than I did. So I'll still give the book four stars.