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Structure of Materials: An Introduction to Crystallography, Diffraction and Symmetry 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0521651516
ISBN-10: 0521651514
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'The organisation and content captivates and excites the reader throughout the book ... Readers of this book will gain a full appreciation of material structure, including metallic, ceramic, amorphous, molecular solids and nanomaterials. In addition, the learning experience of the comprehensive contents and rigourous presentation is not dull. The book includes clear illustrations for more than 100 crystal structures. Together with the writing style of the authors, the overall reading experience is enjoyable.' Journal of Materials

'... an excellent introductory textbook ... may be used with success by all who are interested in the problems of crystallography and new materials.' I. A. Parinov, Zentralblatt MATH

Book Description

Highly illustrated, self-contained textbook covering the fundamentals of crystallography, symmetry and diffraction, providing a full appreciation of material structure for advanced undergraduate or graduate courses within materials science and engineering. Includes over 430 illustrations and 400 homework problems. Solutions, data files for crystal structures, and appendices, available from www.cambridge.org/9780521651516.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 876 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (September 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521651514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521651516
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.7 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,487,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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