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Comprehensive Semiconductor Science and Technology

Do you believe in megabooks? Neither do I, but they exist and get published, bold attempts to encyclopediate a big chunk of knowledge in time of Wikipedia… When I was a kid, I loved to read encyclopediae but just because I came to read things that I was not indeded to read neither ever heard about. Great fascination: yet for this one has to buy a 4 thousand pages 6 volume set recently published by Elsevier. Everything you never heard of semiconductor science and technology. Here’s the link.

This sounds as an advertisment, and it is. Several years ago I wrote a contibution for this book. It took time and energy I could use elsewhere. I recognize that to find this contribution among others is not easy, and me and editors will be very likely only persons knowing about it. Nevertheless I feel kind of proud: perhaps because of that childish fascination with megabooks.

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Great blog you have here. So many blogs like this cover subjects that just ar7ne#821&;t covered by magazines. I don’t know how we got on 12 years ago with just print media.

Hi, there, I stumbled upon this post, as I happen to be another author of this monster book (for size, not for appearance…) and I agree with your vision. In times of online encyclopedia and expanding digital journals, I wonder who is gonna buy such a huge and expensive book (2000 $?).
Lots of time and effort to write lots of pages and very little to show in the CV (nothing that counts in bibliometrics…). I hope your advertising works and, at least, I can get some citations of my own works…

Dear Yuli, Thank you for your post. This work is a great accomplishment for all who have contributed, and truly is of the highest quality due to the likes of yourself (your article can be found in Volume 2, pp.1-22: “Electronic States and Transport in Quantum-Dots”). You can be rest assured that as the Publisher who instigated the work back in 2004, I will be doing my level best to make sure that more than just the Editors and Contributors hear about this work. If you happen to be at the APS meeting in Dallas, please drop on by the Elsevier booth, so I can thank you in person.

Best regards,
Donna de Weerd-Wilson
Publisher, Elsevier

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