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Understanding Materials Science : History, Properties, Applications, Second Edition - Rolf E. Hummel

Understanding Materials Science

History, Properties, Applications, Second Edition

Hardcover Published: 3rd August 2004
ISBN: 9780387209395
Number Of Pages: 440

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This introduction to materials science for engineers examines not only the physical and engineering properties of materials, but also their history, uses, development, and some of the implications of resource depletion, materials substitutions, and so forth. Topics covered include: the stone, copper, bronze, and iron ages; physical properties of metals, ceramics, and plastics; electrical and magnetic properties of metals, semiconductors, and insulators; band structure of metals; metallurgy of iron.

This new edition includes new developments in the last five years, updated graphs and other dated information and references.

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Hummel teaches materials science at the University of Florida, where this book will presumably be used as a text. In his preface, however, he expresses the hope that his book will also attract a sizable readership from the humanities. Such readers would enjoy reading the historical sections, studying the color plates and at least skimming the more technical chapters to get a quick overview of the basic science of materials.

CHOICE MAGAZINE "Hummel's coverage is similar to that of every good basic materials science book...However, Hummel goes one step further by incorporating far more of the historical development of materials through the ages. By showing how materials shaped civilization and advanced it at critical times, the author has created a book that should arouse the interest of readers. The history, properties and applications of materials that are woven into each chapter should be a good motivating force for learning. Ample referenced are included at the end of each chapter, as well as a summary and thought-provoking problems. General readers; undergraduates; two-year technical program students."

MRS BULLETIN "This is a first-class book...Hummel cunningly alternates scientific chapters with historical ones...He has succeeded admirably in rendering intrinsically complicated topics, such as polymerization, palatable, and digestible...This mix of proper science and respectable history is something new among the plethora of materials science books...As a first-level introduction to materials science I can recommend it unreservedly...Much will depend on the quality and dedication of the teachers who use this as a teaching-text: but really, they should try!"

IEEE ELECTRICAL INSULATION MAGAZINE "This book not only provides a thorough introduction into the science and engineering of materials but also covers historical aspects of materials. The interesting historical perspective traces the utilization, properties, and production techniques of materials from the Stone Age via the Bronze Age and the Iron Age up to modern times...This book was written for engineering, physics, and material science students who will this book an easily understandable and enjoyable introduction to the properties of materials and the fundamental theories that describe them...Practicing engineers without a materials science background who need to use material science techniques will find this book very useful for quickly gaining an overview of materials science."

PHYSICS TODAY "There is a real need for books like this, since a visit to any large bookstore will reveal very few popular science books that deal with the practical impacts of the enormous materials revolution that has defined and enabled our present technology era. Hummel tires - and succeeds - to relate the historical developments in the various materials eras (stone, bronze, iron, and electronic) to the principle defining features of the various classes of materials...An additional aspect of materials that is nicely covered in Hummel's book is the environmental and economic implications of society's use of materials. The discussions of world resources, the remaining supply of various materials and the fundamental underlying waste disposal and recycling will be fascinating to both the science student and the general reader."

PHYSICS WORLD "I have first to admit that this book is a remarkable achievement. For a work in which aesthetics is centrally important, the author (and more especially the publisher) should be congratulated on producing at a reasonable cost a book that pleases most of the senses...anyone who has the money to acquire and the time to read [this book] will gain much pleasure from a beautifully produced book, will enjoy looking at the illustrations, and obtain much instruction from the text."

Mechanical Properties of Materials: The First Materials (Stone Age and Copper-Stone Age)
Fundamental Mechanical Properties of Materials
The Bronze Age
Alloys and Compounds
Atoms in Motion
The Iron Age
Iron and Steel
Degradations of Materials (Corrosion)
Electronic Properties of Materials: The Age of Electronic Materials
Electronic Properties of Materials
Magnetic Properties of Materials
Optical Properties of Materials
Thermal Properties of Materials
Materials and the World: No Ceramics Age?
From Natural Fibers to Man-Made Plastics
Economic and Environmental Considerations
What Does the Future Hold?
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ISBN: 9780387209395
ISBN-10: 0387209395
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 440
Published: 3rd August 2004
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.04
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised