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Introduction to Materials Science for Engineers

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Pearson Education (US); 4th edition edition (12 January 1996)
  • ISBN-10: 0131804073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131804074
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Amazon.com: 2.8 out of 5 stars 4 reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of information, difficult to understand 5 August 2010
By S. Waiblinger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This textbook was required for a materials science course as part of my Mechanical Engineering curriculum in college. Although the text contains a vast amount of useful information, it falls very short on explanation. If you are trying to learn (and understand) materials science, I do not recommend getting this book.

If you would like a good reference book on materials science, this book has been very helpful in that respect.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tries hard, but missing some essentials 26 May 2007
By B. Nartowt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book tries hard to be clear, providing summaries, a glossary, and boldfacing terminology. I surmise that this book is written for people with little to no background in chemistry, physics, or mechanics of materials, because few things are derived from first principles. For instance, the crystal structures (rock salt, zinc blende, cesium chloride, etc.) presented in Chapter 3 are...well...just "presented," without any plausible explanation for their occurrance. It was as if their sole presence was to memorize them, without basing them in any sort of first principles. Quickly do I grow bored from books such as these, and, worse yet, no concepts really sink in. It was not until I read the excellent Materials text written by Callister that I understood at least one theory as to why these specific structures occur (ionic charge and ionic radii), and the concepts sank in.

Sorry, Dr. Shackleford, but until I see things derived from first principles, they do not sink in for me. Perhaps, however, a person working in industry would better benefit from such a text. Since this book is titled, specifically, as "...for scientists and engineers," I unabashedly assign two stars to this book. If a later edition came out with better explanations and theories (as described above) I would be happy to read it and rescind this review.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good as a text book 28 December 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Overall, the concepts are not explained very well.
What really bothered me about this book is that the materials covered in each chapter are not enough to do the exercises in the back of the very same chapter. This is not good, especially for an "introductory" text book.
This book and its earlier editions have drawn many complaints over the years from UC Davis students who were forced to buy it for class, but the school keeps using this text because (in my opinion) the book is written by a UCD professor.
I think for the money, the readers deserve a much better text book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 25 July 2014
By Pavel Lopez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Amazing book

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