This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of solid state physics for undergraduate students in physics, chemistry, engineering, and materials science.
Ashcroft and Mermin is an “amplified” version of basic solid state book! Must have!
This book offers an excellent, step-by-step introduction to crucial concepts of solid-state physics. I think, the authors have nicely avoided “reasoning surprises” that usually bother novice readers. To read this book smoothly, certainly you need “Physics 101” background; but other than that, the book seems to be self-contained. But don’t be surprised if the problems are quite challenging (some are tough)!
The development of solid-state physics is presented in a more historical fashion–in opposition to rigid, systematic, definitive, and (sometimes) boring way that is commonly adopted by many other solid-state books.
In my opinion (hopefully wrong), this book has some shortcomings:
(1) detailed technical aspects, e.g. in XRD–you must refer to other technical books if you want to delve into them.
(2) links to interesting, research-related topics in modern solid state physics.
(3) new editions since the first release (how come?? Solid state physics has grown rapidly!).
These are probably due to the the introductory nature of this book. But it is good if there is a future revision, with point (2) above added in it, at least in the form of problems.
Size: 14.57 MB