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

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Princeton University Press, 2006 - Science - 287 pages
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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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wonderful book! I've been excited about glues ever since I first read it; AND I do my own personal little experiments whenever I see a new one. Read full review

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Unexpectedly fun to read. The author has a conversational style that is unlike most other science and engineering books. The book was originally written in the 1960's and is a bit dated, despite being ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

J. E. Gordon (1913-1998) was a founder of materials science and biomechanics. He was the author of Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down and The Science of Structures and Materials. Philip Ball is a science writer whose work has appeared in Nature, New Scientist, the New York Times, and the Guardian, among others.

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