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New Science of Strong Materials: Or Why You Don't Fall Through the Floor

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This new edition of J.E. Gordon's classic introduction to the properties of materials used in engineering answers some fundamental and fascinating questions about how the material world around us functions. In particular, Gordon focuses on so-called strong materials, such as metals, wood, ceramics, glass, and bone. For each material in question, Gordon explains the unique physical and chemical basis for its inherent structural qualities in irrepressibly fresh and simple terms. He also shows how an in-depth understanding of these materials' intrinsic strengths (and weaknesses) guides our engineering choices, allowing us to build the structures that support our modern society. Philip Ball's new introduction describes Gordon's career and the impact of his innovations in materials research, while also discussing how the field has evolved since Gordon wrote this enduring example of first-rate scientific communication.

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Praise for Princeton's original edition: "I found Gordon's writing style fascinating; his book reads like a novel, and the technical content is superb."--Enoch J. Durbin, Princeton University

Synopsis:

This new edition of J. E. Gordon's classic introduction to the properties of materials used in engineering answers some fundamental and fascinating questions about how the material world around us functions. In particular, Gordon focuses on so-called strong materials, such as metals, wood, ceramics, glass, and bone. For each material in question, Gordon explains the unique physical and chemical basis for its inherent structural qualities in irrepressibly fresh and simple terms. He also shows how an in-depth understanding of these materials' intrinsic strengths (and weaknesses) guides our engineering choices, allowing us to build the structures that support our modern society. Philip Ball's new introduction describes Gordon's career and the impact of his innovations in materials research, while also discussing how the field has evolved since Gordon wrote this enduring example of first-rate scientific communication.

About the Author

J. E. Gordon (1913-1998) was Professor of Materials Technology Emeritus at the University of Reading and is the author of "Structures, or Why Things Don't Fall Down". Philip Ball is a freelance science writer and a consultant editor for "Nature", and is the author of "Designing the Molecular World" and "Made to Measure" (both Princeton).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691125480
Author:
Gordon, J E
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Introduction by:
Ball, Philip
Introduction:
Ball, Philip
Author:
Gordon, J. E.
Author:
Ball, Philip
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
General
Subject:
Engineering - Civil
Subject:
Material Science
Subject:
Civil
Subject:
History of Science and Medicine, Philosophy of Science
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Chemistry
Subject:
Science Reference-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Science Library
Publication Date:
January 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
48 line illus. 6 tables.
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in 12 oz

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Praise for Princeton's original edition: "I found Gordon's writing style fascinating; his book reads like a novel, and the technical content is superb."--Enoch J. Durbin, Princeton University

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This new edition of J. E. Gordon's classic introduction to the properties of materials used in engineering answers some fundamental and fascinating questions about how the material world around us functions. In particular, Gordon focuses on so-called strong materials, such as metals, wood, ceramics, glass, and bone. For each material in question, Gordon explains the unique physical and chemical basis for its inherent structural qualities in irrepressibly fresh and simple terms. He also shows how an in-depth understanding of these materials' intrinsic strengths (and weaknesses) guides our engineering choices, allowing us to build the structures that support our modern society. Philip Ball's new introduction describes Gordon's career and the impact of his innovations in materials research, while also discussing how the field has evolved since Gordon wrote this enduring example of first-rate scientific communication.

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