- Hardcover: 704 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 8 edition (November 11, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 047141526X
- ISBN-13: 978-0471415268
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 91 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Introduction to Solid State Physics 8th Edition
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About the Author
Charles Kittel did his undergraduate work in physics at M.I.T and at the Cavendish Laboratory of Cambridge University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He worked in the solid state group at Bell Laboratories, along with Bardeen and Shockley, leaving to start the theoretical solid state physics group at Berkeley in 1951. His research has been largely in magnetism and in semiconductors. In magnetism he developed the theories of ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic resonance and the theory of single ferromagnetic domains, and extended the Bloch theory of magnons. In semiconductor physics he participated in the first cyclotron and plasma resonance experiments and extended the results to the theory of impurity states and to electron-hole drops.
He has been awarded three Guggenheim fellowships, the Oliver Buckley Prize for Solid State Physics, and, for contributions to teaching, the Oersted Medal of the American Association of Physics Teachers, He is a member of the National Academy of Science and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Top customer reviews
If you also are forced to use this text for a course, I would HIGHLY recommend purchasing supplement texts:
1. Solid State Theory, Walter A. Harrison (1979) - one of the best
2. Elementary Solid State Physics, M. Ali Omar (1999) - also good
3. Solid State Physics, Ashcroft/Mermin (1976/2003) - good
There is very little motivation or logical flow. Sentences(most of which are extremely imprecise) are simply thrown at the reader, often times without any recognizable connection between them.
The author has an annoying habit of confusing the reader by first stating something in a normative fashion and then proceeding to prove it a couple sections later. All this while the reader is trying to go back and understand whether he missed or misunderstood something in the previous section.
There is a massive amount of absolutely useless references to plots and experimental charts. That is, I am sure those are useful if referenced and developed properly, but once again, the author simply throws them at the reader without much commentary.
It is one of those books that no matter how carefully and dedicatedly read, will not teach you much. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a good book I can recommend for the readers and sufferers-in-common. I have checked out about 10 of them and only Christman's "Fundamentals of solid State Physics" comes close. However, beware that it is riddled with bad notation and typos.