X-ray Diffraction: A Practical Approach, C. Suryanarayana and
M. Grant Norton, 1998. Plenum Press, New York and London. xiii + 273
pages. (hardback, $49.50, U.S. and Canada; $59.40, elsewhere).
It is the aim of this text to teach undergraduates majoring in
materials science the use of powder X-ray diffraction for materials
characterization. Since it does not treat X-ray diffraction and
crystallography in a general way, it would have been better if it were
given a more specific title, such as X-Ray Powder Diffraction for
Metallurgical Characterization. A Primer and Workbook. As a laboratory
course with work pages to be filled out by the student, it might have been
spiral-bound to facilitate such use.