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There's so much you probably don't know about ceramics. . .
Ceramics are amazing materials! Without ceramics, we wouldn't have television, laptop computers, wireless communications, the Internet, computer-generated movie scenes, the Space Shuttle, or even cars. Reading this book, you'll discover not only some of the magic that ceramics can do, you'll also come to understand the fascinating science that makes that magic happen.
You'll learn how ceramics interact with light to make lasers possible; how ceramics that are stronger than steel can be used for bulletproof armor; how magnetic ceramics played a key role in building the first computers; and how a new field of bioceramics has recently emerged, promising new medical breakthroughs.
This Second Edition of The Magic of Ceramics brings the book fully up to date with new developments in the field, such as major advances in pollution control, energy harvesting and conversion, digital electronics, medicine, and nanotechnology. Be sure to read the final chapter, which not only discusses the most recent breakthroughs in ceramics, but also provides a glimpse into its future.
Did you know?
- Ceramics can be so strong that a one-inch diameter ceramic cable can lift fifty cars
- Some ceramics conduct electricity better than metals
- Ceramic automotive emission control systems have reduced pollution by billions of tons
- The key to treating liver cancer may be ceramics
- Ceramic fiberglass house insulation has saved more than 30 quadrillion BTUs of heat
Look inside the book and discover even more incredible things you probably never realized that ceramics could do.
Most people would be surprised at how ceramics are used, from creating cellular phones, radio, television, and lasers to its role in medicine for cancer treatments and restoring hearing. The Magic of Ceramics introduces the nontechnical reader to the many exciting applications of ceramics, describing how ceramic material functions, while teaching key scientific concepts like atomic structure, color, and the electromagnetic spectrum. With many illustrations from corporations on the ways in which ceramics make advanced products possible, the Second Edition also addresses the newest areas in ceramics, such as nanotechnology.
About the Author
DAVID W. RICHERSON, MS, is a leading expert in the field of ceramics. He was an early pioneer in the development of high-strength silicon nitride, introducing grain boundary engineering and the use of fracture surface analysis to improve materials. His experience spans academia and private industry as well as his own consulting firm. Mr. Richerson currently teaches at the University of Utah and is the Manager of Minerals for the Natural History Museum of Utah. He continues an active schedule of outreach, bringing science and technology to elementary and high school students.
Table of Contents
Preface & Acknowledgments for the First Edition vii
Preface & Acknowledgments for the Second Edition ix
Foreword to the First Edition, by Bonnie J. Dunbar, Ph.D. xi
1 Our Constant Companions 2
2 From Pottery to the Space Shuttle 14
3 The Beauty of Ceramics 34
4 Ceramics and Light 56
5 Amazing Strength 80
6 Ceramics and the Electronics Age 108
7 Piezo Power 132
8 Medical Miracles 148
9 Ceramics and the Modern Automobile 170
10 Heat Beaters 186
11 The Hardest Materials in the Universe 208
12 Energy Conservation and Conversion Efficiency 228
13 From Pollution Control to Zero Pollution 252
14 What’s New and What’s Coming 270
About the Author 293