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Materials: A Very Short Introduction

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The study of materials and their properties forms an important area of research. Christopher Hall introduces the field of material science using gold, sand, and string - familiar things that represent the big families of metals, ceramics, and polymers. By explaining their properties, how materials are created, and the processes involved in their fabrication into objects, he shows how materials science brings together engineering and technology with physics, chemistry, and biology. He also shows how materials influence communications, the media, architecture, building, and the fine arts.

Author: Hall
Pages: 137
ISBN: 9780199672677
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2014

1: Gold, sand, and string
2: Close observation
3: Tough but slippery
4: Electric blue
5: Making stuff and making things
6: Such quantities of sand
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Christopher Hall is Professor Emeritus and Professorial Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, where he was previously Professor of Materials. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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