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Condensed matter pop science book

  1. Nov 22, 2007 #1
    I've read a couple (nontehnical) books on cosmology and particle physics, but there seems to be a dearth of these on condensed matter. Anyone know of one out there? Or perhaps a semi-technical book that I could understand most of with 1 year of calc. Thanks in advance
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  3. Nov 22, 2007 #2
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  4. Nov 22, 2007 #3
    Try "Why things are the way they are", by Chandrasekar (hope I've spelled his name right :) ) - yep, the astrophysics guy.

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  5. Nov 22, 2007 #4
    For a semi-technical book, I recommend The Solid State by Rosenberg. In response to the previous reply, the correct spelling is "Chandrasekhar", and I'm pretty sure it's not the astrophysicist ("Chandrasekhar" is a relatively common Indian last name). Finally, for a non-technical book, The New Science of Strong Materials by Gordon and Ball looks pretty good and is readily available.
  6. Nov 22, 2007 #5
    I stand corrected :).

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  7. Nov 22, 2007 #6
    Awesome! Thanks for the suggestions =]
  8. Nov 24, 2007 #7
    Which one of these did you mean? http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_g...ld-keywords=The+Solid+State+rosenberg&x=0&y=0
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  10. Nov 24, 2007 #9

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    The author of the book you cited is Bellur Sivaramiah Chandrasekhar (b. 1928); the Nobel Laureate astrophysicist was Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (1910-1995).
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