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Hardcover Verified download. I've always been confused as to how Kittel became the de-facto standard for introductory solid state physics. I suspect that this is because the publisher advertises the book to cover the fundamentals as well as the latest topics under active research.
This is quite misleading however, since most of these topics are treated in passing with a few confusing words said. Even many basic topics are covered with little care; for example the Bloch oscillations section consists of 5 sentences and a few equations. Others are demonstrated through a few calculations, but with expositions bordering on being intentionally misleading surprising since the book avoids mathematical rigor which usually means concepts are emphasized.
To make things worse, much of the notation Kittel uses is not standard. There are practically no examples, and the four or five problems he includes at the end of each chapter are either trivial or require random facts not presented in the book.
It's almost comical that after 8 editions, the book is still so bad. After having a basic understanding of the subject, one might find a few approaches unique to Kittel's book, but these are so few and far between that they definitely do not justify even opening it up.
It has no examples. This book is a reference materiel at best. It's not set up in a way that helps you understand, and the biggest problem it has is the problem sets often have very little to do with what was discussed in the book. After being thoroughly confused on what questions ask in the first place, you are left with almost nothing to help you understand what is going on, as there's no real way to check most of the problems other than some vague and often wrong solutions found online.
If you are new to this material, this won't do very much to help. I'll start by saying that I graduated with Honors and on the Dean's List with a degree in Physics from a prestigious engineering school. So my hatred of this book is not because the subject matter is hard which it is ; rather, it's because Kittel does a phenomenally horrible job explaining it. It's a difficult subject, and it's a damn shame that this is the go-to textbook.
Pick up Ashcroft and Mermin instead. I dutifully bought both, but by the midpoint of the semester hardly ever opened Kittel. Solid state physics is a hard, subtle subject, tempting the author of an introductory textbook to offer results to be memorized, rather than explanations to be understood; Kittel succumbs to this temptation repeatedly.
In doing so he leaves the serious student frustrated. The book would perhaps satisfy someone seeking a final course in solid state physics, hoping to gobble up as many facts as possible in a single semester, but it does not offer a good introduction to the study of the subject. There are better Solid state books.
Try Harald Ibach and Hans Luth instead. It is my firm belief that this book - now on it's 8th edition - is running on the steam of the first 3.
There are many notation inconsistencies between the chapters, examples, and problem sets, as well as errors in the solutions manual. Unfortunately, if your professor requires this textbook, you must get it. Well, the negative reviews were correct. My solid state course has, unfortunately, decided to go with the Kittel 'standard' text, 8th edition. This book is difficult to learn from - largely because there is a severe shortage of quality examples and the material is not well explained throughout.
Solid State Theory, Walter A. Harrison - one of the best 2. Elementary Solid State Physics, M.
Ali Omar - also good 3. This book may and it is a huge MAY be a good reference for people who already have a perfect grasp on material, but forgot a point or two.
However, it is a nightmare to learn from this book. In fact, I would give it zero stars if it was an option. 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. See all 95 reviews. site Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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About the Author Charles Kittel did his undergraduate work in physics at M. T and at the Cavendish Laboratory of Cambridge University.
He received his Ph. 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 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. Permissions Request permission to reuse content from this site. Fundamental Types of Lattices. Index System for Crystal Planes.
Diffraction of Waves by Crystals. Elastic Compliance and Stiffness Constants. Elastic Waves in Cubic Crystals. Vibrations of Crystals with Monatomic Basis.
Wave Equation of Electron in a Periodic Potential. Quantum Theory of Diamagnetism of Mononuclear Systems.
Magnetoresistance in a Two-Dimensional Channel. Imaging Techniques for Nanostructures. Electronic Structure of 1D Systems. Electrical Transport in 1D. Electronic Structure of 0D Systems. Electrical Transport in 0D. Vibrational and Thermal Properties of Nanostructures.