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Concepts of Materials Science


Adrian P. Sutton

July 2021

This book provides an expert perspective and a unique insight into the essence of the science of materials, introducing the reader to ten fundamental concepts underpinning the subject. It is suitable for undergraduate and pre-university students of physics, chemistry and mathematics.

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Water: A Very Short Introduction


John Finney

August 2015

Very Short Introductions

Around 71% of the Earth's surface is covered in water. In this Very Short Introduction John Finney explores the science of water, its structure and remarkable properties, and its vital role for life on Earth.

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Physical Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction


Peter Atkins

April 2014

Very Short Introductions

In this essential guide for students of chemistry, Peter Atkins' Very Short Introduction explains the principles and phenomena of physical chemistry. Using few formulas, Atkins shows how physical chemistry draws its ideas from physics, quantum mechanics, and mathematics, and how it has contributed to our understanding of the natural world.

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Symmetry: A Very Short Introduction


Ian Stewart

May 2013

Very Short Introductions

Symmetry is an immensely important concept in mathematics and throughout the sciences. In this Very Short Introduction, Ian Stewart highlights the deep implications of symmetry and its important scientific applications across the entire subject.

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Magnetism: A Very Short Introduction


Stephen J. Blundell

June 2012

Very Short Introductions

What is that strange and mysterious force that pulls one magnet towards another, yet seems to operate through empty space? This is the elusive force of magnetism. In this Very Short Introduction Stephen J. Blundell considers early theories of magnetism, the discovery that Earth is a magnet, and the importance of magnetism in modern technology.

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The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction


Peter Atkins

March 2010

Very Short Introductions

Among the many laws of science, there are four laws that direct and constrain everything that happens in the Universe. From the sudden expansion of a cloud of gas to the unfurling of a leaf they help us understand the course of life itself. In this Very Short Introduction Peter Atkins' explains what the four laws are and how they work.

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Four Laws That Drive the Universe


Peter Atkins

September 2007

The laws of thermodynamics drive everything that happens in the universe. From the sudden expansion of a cloud of gas to the cooling of hot metal, and from the unfurling of a leaf to the course of life itself - everything is directed and constrained by four simple laws. Peter Atkins' powerful and compelling introduction explains what the laws are and how they work.

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Molecules: A Very Short Introduction


Philip Ball

November 2003

Very Short Introductions

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Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction


John Polkinghorne

May 2002

Very Short Introductions

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