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Concepts of Materials Science

Adrian P. Sutton, FRS

July 2021

ISBN: 9780192846839

160 pages
Hardback
246x171mm

Price: £40.00

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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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.

  • Clear and accessible writing style makes it suitable for pre-university students and undergraduates in materials science
  • Unique in its conceptual focus on the theory of materials science
  • Emphasises the wide relevance of materials science to chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics

About the Author(s)

Adrian P. Sutton, FRS, Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Physics, Imperial College London

Educated at the Universities of Oxford and Pennsylvania, Adrian Sutton has studied materials for 48 years, publishing 230 papers and five books. At Oxford University he taught across the undergraduate curriculum. His research is on theory and simulation of materials (TSM) and he is a founding member of the Thomas Young Centre, the London Centre for TSM. In 2009 he established the renowned Centre for Doctoral Training on TSM at Imperial College. In 2012 he was awarded the Rector's Medal for Outstanding Innovation in Teaching at Imperial College and in 2018 he became an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Physics at Imperial College. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Table of Contents

    1:When is a Material Stable?
    2:Phase Diagrams
    3:Restless Motion
    4:Defects
    5:Symmetry
    6:Quantum Behaviour
    7:Small is Different
    8:Collective Behaviour
    9:Materials by Design
    10:Metamaterials
    11:Biological Matter as a Material

Reviews

"There is no doubt that the intellectual quality of this book is extremely high. This is a book written by a materials scientist at the top of their game - one who has taught the subject as well being a world expert. This is distilled wisdom." - Mark Miodownik, University College London

"This is a nicely written book. Great care has been taken to be economical with words, while giving clear explanations using accessible examples. This book appears to be a concise summary of the thinking of the author over several decades of teaching and research in the field." - Andrew Horsfield, Imperial College London

"Sutton has succeeded in collecting the principal concepts of materials science into a short book. The content is accessible to students in the physical sciences and is elegantly presented. Sutton's goal to present things in the simplest form does not compromise rigor." - W. Craig Carter, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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