This book develops the subject from the basic principles of quantum mechanics. The emphasis is on a single statement of the ideas underlying the various approximations that have to be used and care is taken to separate sound arguments from conjecture. This book is written for the student of theoretical physics who wants to work in the field of solids and for the experimenter with a knowledge of quantum theory who is not content to take other people's arguments for granted. The treatment covers the electron theory of metals as well as the dynamics of crystals, including the author's work on the thermal conductivity of crystals which has been previously published in English.
" This book, by one of the foremost authorities in the field, is an excellent and concise summary of many basic aspects of the theory of solids ... it provides numerous penetrating insights and an overall unification of the theory. An outstanding virtue throughout is that the author keeps the physics of the situation always before the reader, despite the considerable complexity of the subject." The Sylvania Technologist
"Professor Peierls has given an excellent treatment of the fundamentals of this subject. A very high degree of clarity is achieved, and the book is remarkably readable ... it will clearly play an important role in the further development of solid state physics." Physics Today
`An excellent book for those who wish to study certain theoretical methods that have been used in the quantum theory of solids.'
`... a most worthwhile book, which is a pleasure to recommend.'
C. A. Coulson, Oxford Magazine
1: Crystal lattices. General theory
2: . Crystal lattices. Applications
3: Interaction of light with non-conducting crystals
4: Electrons in a perfect lattice
5: Cohesive forces in metals
6: Transport phenomena
7: Magnetic properties of metals
9: Interaction of light with electrons in solids
10: Semi-conductors and luminescence
Series: Oxford Classic Texts in the Physical Sciences
Number Of Pages: 238
Published: 1st June 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 15.9
Weight (kg): 0.44