I purchased this book for a course in materials science. The course was structured as an independent study. I was responsible for studying the materials and I would take quizzes through e-mail. This book was my primary source of instruction for the course. Where the book could not support me in the quizzes, it was necessary to seek information elsewhere. My judgement of this book, therefore, is based on its thoroughness, mathematical rigorousness and its ability to explain concepts. Most of the topics covered in the course were well presented by the book. In particular, chapter 3, on the Structure of Crystalline Solids, was very well done. In general the writing style is good. The use of many figures and diagrams enhanced the explanations of physical phenomenon. I highly recommend it for an intuitive viewpoint into material science. Where the book falls down is in the realm of calculation. There are too few formula given. Where they are given, there are too few examples on their use. Chapter 6 on the Mechanical Properties of Metals, and chapter 9 on Phase Diagrams, are sections that failed in this regard. However, the books lack of over-reliance on formula and mathematics is a great enhancement for those just beginning an exploration of the science or a career in engineering. Too many numbers on a page would be a discouragement to those wishing to enjoy the material. Therefore, I would recommend this book as a sophomore level introduction to Material Science, for which, in fact, it has been written.
Dieses Buch hat in meinem Studium des Maschinenbaus sehr gute Dienste erwiesen! Von der englischen Sprache sollte man sich hierbei nicht abschrecken lassen, denn das Verständnis fällt nicht schwer, wenn man sich einmal auf dieses Buch eingelassen hat: Die Sachverhalte sind sehr anschaulich erklärt und vermitteln einen schnellen und erleichterten Eindruck in die doch oftmals trockenen Materie. Auch ein Buch, dass man mal gerne nur aus Interesse aufschlagen möchte! Beigelegt ist auch eine CD-ROM mit zahlreichen Animationen und zusätzlichen Fotos. Auf jedenfall empfehlenswert!
Dr Callister book shows his unprecedented skill in the art of teaching. The breadth, depth, and clarity with which he surveys materials science concepts will make this textbook indispensable for both studying and practicing engineers for years to come. Without a doubt, this is one of the most well written textbooks I have ever had the pleasure of reading.