Materials play a key role in our search for solutions to many pressing issues. They underpin industries, are critical for developing new consumer goods, are essential components for medical diagnosis, offer hope for the treatment of currently incurable diseases, and help solve environmental problems. This is a guide to materials for the future.
- Covers a wide range of materials in many disciplines
- Up-to-date entries on latest discoveries in materials science
- Includes extensive glossary of 500 materials with descriptions and uses
- Extensive cross-references link diverse materials, such as cotton candy and Kevlar
- Useful as a resource for undergraduate and upper-level high school students preparing for a science career
About the Author(s)
David Segal is an author or co-author of over forty scientific papers and an inventor or co-inventor of over twenty-five patent families. He has worked for the UK Atomic Energy Authority at the Harwell Laboratory and Coller IP Management. He earned his Ph.D. on foaming in lubricating oils at Bristol University, and carried out post-doctoral work at Brunel University on the surface chemistry of copper phthalocyanine pigments.
"Providing an overview of materials science is a worthy goal, and Segal's writing is clear and engaging." - Melinda Baldwin, Physics Today
"A fascinating read, with a wide coverage which is bound to tell you something new about materials you know, or to introduce you to materials you had not met before." - A.H. Harker, Contemporary Physics
"The book is written at a "technical level" and will be of interest to undergraduate and graduate students. It can also serve as a reference work for technical libraries ... Recommended" - CHOICE
"Segal offers a refreshing and unifying overview of modern materials, including the latest nano-materials, nicely combining chemistry and solid-state physics and effectively bringing in patent literature. The wide-ranging extended Glossary, containing substantial paragraph-length entries with references, seems particularly valuable." - Ed Wolf, New York University Tandon School of Engineering
"The book is well structured and written, covers a variety of interesting topics and has a fantastic glossary. The entries include references to the literature that enable the interested reader to find pertinent reading material that will encourage their voyage of discovery into the field. The book should be an accessible and useful reference for high school students, undergraduates, postgraduates, academics and industrialists." - John G. Hardy, Lancaster University, UK