The second edition of my undergraduate textbook Understanding Solid State Physics is due for publication in April 2021. Watch my promo vlog about the book.
More information, as well as links to the companion website multimedia content will be available shortly. In the meantime, you can read more about the first edition and also access the original 2009 video quiz on my archive webpage.Reviews for the First edition:
written in a very user-friendly and engaging style, as one might expect
from a science writer/journalist. This way, the author succeeds in
making the material approachable and interesting. The presentation is
not as formal as most treatments. The emphasis is less on the
theoretical and mathematical basis of the subject and more on the
intuitive understanding of ideas and concepts, but the approach is
fresh and the explanations are clear. What I like most of all is that
it brings solid-state physics up-to-date, introducing modern topics and
showing how the core ideas in condensed matter physics underpin so much
of the technology we use today."
Professor Andrew Boothroyd, Oxford University, UK
"I was indeed amused and inspired
wonderful images throughout the book, carefully selected by the author.
These images and corresponding contexts, together with the thoughtful
considerations of the difficulties of the freshmen to solid state
physics like me, who may find it hard to follow the maths in the
classics like Kittel's or Mermin's fulfils very well the goal of the
Yang Gan, Harbin Institute of Technology, P.R. China, UK Physical Sciences Centre Reviews, July 2010.
each category - Academic Content, Usefulness to Student, Usefulness to
Teacher, Meets Objectives, and Accuracy."
Summary Review from UK Physical Sciences Centre Reviews, July 2010.
"I enjoyed reading the book and it is a refreshing approach — it is
very up to date and pitched at a good level to engage undergraduates
new to the subject. I am happy to recommend this book to my students."
Dr. Robert H. Hadfield, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland
"Holgate...presents a textbook
introductory undergraduate course in physics that explains the
underlying physical and mathematical principles that most such
textbooks, perhaps unwittingly, assume the students already know. She
also relates the theories and concepts to the real world, to
demonstrate how learning a bit of physics can help people get by in
life outside school."
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