Out of the Crystal Maze: Chapters from The History of Solid State Physics

Hardcover | October 1, 1992

EditorLillian Hoddeson, Ernst Braun, Jurgen Teichmann

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This landmark work chronicles the origin and evolution of solid state physics, which grew to maturity between 1920 and 1960. The book examines the early roots of the field in industrial, scientific and artistic efforts and traces them through the 1950s, when many physicists around the worldrecognized themselves as members of a distinct subfield of physics research centered on solids. The book opens with an account of scientific and social developments that preceded the discovery of quantum mechanics, including the invention of new experimental means for studying solids and theestablishment of the first industrial laboratories. The authors set the stage for the modern era by detailing the formulation of the quantum field theory of solids. The core of the book examines six major themes: the band theory of solids; the phenomenology of imperfect crystals; the puzzle of theplastic properties of solids, solved by the discovery of dislocations; magnetism; semiconductor physics; and collective phenomena, the context in which old puzzles such as superconductivity and superfluidity were finally solved. All readers interested in the history of science will find thisabsorbing volume an essential resource for understanding the emergence of contemporary physics.

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This landmark work chronicles the origin and evolution of solid state physics, which grew to maturity between 1920 and 1960. The book examines the early roots of the field in industrial, scientific and artistic efforts and traces them through the 1950s, when many physicists around the world recognized themselves as members of a distinc...

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This landmark work chronicles the origin and evolution of solid state physics, which grew to maturity between 1920 and 1960. The book examines the early roots of the field in industrial, scientific and artistic efforts and traces them through the 1950s, when many physicists around the worldrecognized themselves as members of a distinct...

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This landmark work chronicles the origin and evolution of solid state physics, which grew to maturity between 1920 and 1960. The book examines the early roots of the field in industrial, scientific and artistic efforts and traces them through the 1950s, when many physicists around the world recognized themselves as members of a distinc...

Lillian Hoddeson is at University of Illinois. Ernst Braun is at Institut fur Sozio-Okonomische Entwicklungsforschung.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:728 pages, 9.57 × 6.5 × 1.81 inPublished:October 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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1. Michael Eckert et al.: The Roots of Solid State Physics Before Quantum Mechanics2. Lillian Hoddeson, Gordon Baym and Michael Eckert: The Development of the Quantum Mechanical Electron Theory of Metals, 1926-19333. Paul Hoch: The Development of the Band Theory of Solids, 1933-19604. Jurgen Teichmann and Kris Szymborski: Point Defects and Ionic Crystals: Color Centers as the Key to Imperfections5. Ernst Braun: Mechanical Properties of Solids6. Stephen T. Keith and Pierre Quedec: Magnetism7. Ernst Braun: Selected Topics from the History of Semiconductor Physics and Its Applications8. Lillian Hoddeson et al.: Collective Phenomena9. Spencer Weart: The Solid-State CommunityIndex

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This landmark work chronicles the origin and evolution of solid state physics, which grew to maturity between 1920 and 1960. The book examines the early roots of the field in industrial, scientific and artistic efforts and traces them through the 1950s, when many physicists around the world recognized themselves as members of a distinct subfield of physics research centered on solids.

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"Clearly there is a great range of issues treated in a book which is neither 700 pages of figures . . . nor a bland chronological record of the achievements of heroic individuals. . . . stimulating. For all those interested in the physics of the 20th century, whether as historians, scientists,or both, this splendidly produced book is essential reading." --Ben Marsden, The Times Higher Education Supplement