The author begins by discussing the nature of shock waves in solids and how they are generated and measured. The author then deals with shock waves theoretically and mathematically. With this preparation, shock waves in metals and hard brittle materials are covered, as are polymorphic transformation and phase transitions. Intended for specialists in the discipline, Shock Waves in Solid State Physics will provide them with an interesting aspect of solid state that is not often discussed. It is well worth reading.

Review by Albert C. Claus, Professor Emeritus of Physics, Loyola University Chicago

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