I believe it is impossible to understand the properties of matter unless you first become familiar with what the properties of matter actually are!
Existing books tell a story that goes like this:
- Extensive development of the theory:
- Token comparison with experiment (always with apparently excellent agreement!).
My book tells a story that goes like this:
- Some background theory:
- A look at what actually happens: the book has extensive tabulations of physical properties and hundreds of graphs to aid visualisation of the data. At the end of this section one makes a list of questions of what needs to be understood about the data. Is there anything interesting happening?
- Comparison of theory and experiment (sometimes agreement is good, sometimes bad)
- Development of the theory to see if it can be modified to agree with what actually happens.
The questions previously raised by examining the data are addressed and the extent to which one can understand the data considered.
If the first version is horribly familiar, and the second version intrigues, then perhaps you should take a look at the book!