Soap, Science, and Flat-Screen TVs: A History of Liquid Crystals

Paperback | May 28, 2014

byDavid Dunmur, Tim Sluckin

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The terms "liquid crystal" or "liquid crystal display" (LCD) are recognized in the context of flat-screen televisions, but the properties and history of liquid crystals are little known. This book tells the story of liquid crystals, from their controversial discovery at the end of thenineteenth century, to their eventual acceptance as another state of matter to rank alongside gases, liquids, and solids. As their story unfolds, the scientists involved and their works are put into illuminating broader socio-political contexts. In recent years, liquid crystals have had a major impact on the display industry, culminating in the now widely available flat-screen televisions. This development is described in detail over three chapters, and the basic science behind it is explained in simple terms accessible to a general reader.New applications of liquid crystals in materials, biosystems, medicine, and technology are also explained.The authors' approach to the subject defines a new genre of popular science books. The historical background to the scientific discoveries is given in detail, and the personal communications between the scientists involved are explored. The book tells the story of liquid crystals, but it also showsthat scientific discovery and exploitation relies on human interactions, and the social and political environments in which they operate.

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The terms "liquid crystal" or "liquid crystal display" (LCD) are recognized in the context of flat-screen televisions, but the properties and history of liquid crystals are little known. This book tells the story of liquid crystals, from their controversial discovery at the end of thenineteenth century, to their eventual acceptance as ...

David Dunmur received his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Oxford. After three years as a research fellow in the newly formed Department of Theoretical Chemistry, University of Bristol, he was appointed in 1968 as a lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Sheffield, where he became Head of the Departmen...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:May 28, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198700830

ISBN - 13:9780198700838

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Table of Contents

1. It's all Greek to me: an introduction2. Crystals that flow: fact or fiction3. Liquid crystals, where do they come from?4. La Gloire Francaise5. The meeting that wasn't and the meeting that was6. The threads of life7. The winds of war8. Renaissance9. An unlikely story10. The light dawns in the West11. The sun rises in the East12. The new world of liquid crystal materials

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"The liquid crystal display has changed the world and will continue to do so. 'Soap, Science, and Flat-Screen TVs' is a true and valuable history of its first 100 years, embracing as it does both the scientific literature and the history and socio-economic background of the individuals andinstitutions that make up the story." --Bill Crossland, Times Higher Education Supplement