This book motivates students by strikinga balance in orientation between a strong physics and a strong applicationsapproach. This book has a unique chapter on the fabrication of devices;integrates a wealth of illustrations and pictorial representations; and containsan extensive discussion and analysis of the MOSFET because of its universalapplication in digital circuits. The author also has a unique chapter onfabrication absent in the other major books, and puts less of an emphasis onlasers and microwaves. Thebook de-emphasizes some difficult concepts in Quantum Mechanics as well as thecomplex mathematics that is used in applying these concepts. Readers areintroduced to the steps in the fabrication of devices to make the operation andconstruction of each device more real.