While the standard solid state topics are covered, the basic ones often have more detailed derivations than is customary (with an empasis on crystalline solids).
Several recent topics are introduced, as are some subjects normally included only in condensed matter physics. Lattice vibrations, electrons, interactions, and spin effects (mostly in magnetism) are discussed the most comprehensively.
Many problems are included whose level is from "fill in the steps" to long and challenging, and the text is equipped with references and several comments about experiments with figures and tables.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
Number of pages: 827
Weight: 1436 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 44 mm
Edition: 2nd ed. 2010
From the reviews:
"An update to Patterson's 1971 text, it adds a great deal of modern material, nearing doubling the size of the original. This expansion makes it definitely a candidate for a contemporary class. ... the choice of a text for a solid-state physics course, or any other physics-related course, is a personal one. The style of Patterson and Bailey's Solid-State Physics might well fit that of ... physics instructors." (Walter Harrison, Physics Today, January, 2008)
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