Materials: A Very Short Introduction by Christopher HallMaterials: A Very Short Introduction by Christopher Hall

Materials: A Very Short Introduction

byChristopher Hall

Paperback | November 23, 2014

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The study of materials is a major field of research that supports and drives innovation in technology. Using modern scientific techniques, materials scientists and engineers explore and manipulate materials, and create new ones with remarkable strength and extraordinary optical and electricalproperties. In this Very Short Introduction, Christopher Hall looks at a wide range of materials, from steel, wood, and rubber, to gold, silicon, and graphene, describing how materials are used, how their properties arise from their internal structure, and how useful and novel things are made fromthem. He concludes by looking at how the global scale of materials consumption now threatens the goal of sustainability. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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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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Title:Materials: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pagesPublished:November 23, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199672679

ISBN - 13:9780199672677

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Table of Contents

1. Gold, sand, and string2. Close observation3. Tough but slippery4. Electric blue5. Making stuff and making things6. Such quantities of sandFurther readingIndex