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

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By James Edward Gordon, Philip Ball (Introduction by)
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J. E. Gordon's classic introduction to the properties of materials used in engineering answers some fascinating and fundamental questions about how the structural world around us works. Gordon focuses on so-called strong materials--such as metals, wood, ceramics, glass, and bone--explaining in engaging and accessible terms the unique physical and chemical basis for their inherent structural qualities. 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 society. This work is an enduring example of first-rate scientific communication. Philip Ball's 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 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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780691180984
ISBN-10: 0691180989
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: May 22nd, 2018
Pages: 328
Language: English
Series: Princeton Science Library