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Introduction to Solid State Physics

Introduction to Solid State Physics, 6th Edition The most widely used introduction to solid state physics in the world–now published in 15 languages. Designed for upper-level physics, chemistry, and electrical engineering students, this text presents both the theory and experimental facts of solids at an elementary level, with emphasis on semiconductors and on wave propagation in periodic media. Includes new chapters on surface and interface physics and on noncrystalline solids.

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  1. Robert J. Naumann says:

    7th Edition a Disappointment My introductuctory course in solid state physics was taught from Kittel’s 2nd edition and I recently taught a first year grad course from his 7th edition. Sadly, the quality of the text has deteriorated with time. The 7th edition is poorly organized, much of the new material is too sketchy to be useful and some of it is flat wrong. References were made to works of various individuals but the actual publications were not cited so it was difficult to locate the original papers.

  2. M. Weimer says:

    Poorly written, lack of examples 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.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 best2. Elementary Solid State Physics, M. Ali Omar (1999) – also good3. Solid State Physics, Ashcroft/Mermin (1976/2003) – good

  3. Dr.Entropy4Life "Dr.Entropy4Life" says:

    An ineffective book by a very brilliant mind…how sad. I cannot comprehend why someone as bright as Kittel, who made very substantial contributions to solid state theory, was not capable of writing an effective introductory (and hence elementary) text on SSP.The book is ineffective in conveying the “message” and yet has been so popular as a textbook despite it pedagogical problems.Itis as if there was a shortage of textbooks of acceptable quality out there, and professors teaching SSP had to settle for Kittel’s book!In order to save some youngsters from the painful experience of reading Kittel’s book, I recommend the books authored by Omar, Ashcroft & Mermin, Ibach & Lueth, and Dekker. I would consider Ibach & Lueth as an introductory text, while Ashcroft & Mermin is more graduate level (and dated). Omar’s book is elementary, yet well structured, and the exposition is crystal clear. And if your interests are in semiconductor physics, try Sze’s books as well as Cardona’s.SSP is a beautiful subject to study, provided that it is properly taught and the student is furnished with well-written books. I hope that someone will come up with a new text and provide a modern treatment of the subject sometimes soon.November 2006 Update: A colleague of mine indicated that the first edition of Kittel’s book, which dates back to 1966, was a “coherent” text, discussing topics in a systematic manner. He indicated that the updates in the ensuing years made it rather disorganized. As such, my review appertains to recent versions of the book.Entropy4Life

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