WITH: KITTEL, CHARLES. Introduction to Solid State Physics. New York: John Wiley & Sons, . SIGNED "R.P. FEYNMAN" ON FRONT FLYLEAF, WITH DIAGRAMS AND NOTES IN FEYNMAN'S HAND TO PAGE 116.
Kittel's book, published by the Berkeley physicist in 1953 (shortly after Feynman had arrived at Caltech...), became the premier graduate-level [and research-grade] text in solid-state physics for the next 25+ years. Post-QED success, and amidst the excitement the new semiconductor & transistor physics in the mid-50’s, Feynman went hunting for new types of problems to work on. It was during this period that he published his celebrated paper “Slow Electrons in a Polar Crystal,” Phys. Rev. 97, 660 (1955), which utilized his favorite versatile trick of the Variational Method, beautifully handled later with great pedagogical detail as Ch. 8- “The Polaron Problem,” in his advanced text on Statistical Mechanics (lot 91). This is a gorgeous bit of solid-state physics & it is no surprise, at all, that Kittel was his "go-to" solid-state book at this time.
The notes made by Feynman in Kittel pertain to a diagram showing the perovskite crystal structure of barium titanate.
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