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Intermolecular and Surface Forces [Hardcover]

Jacob N. Israelachvili
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January 6, 1992 0123751810 978-0123751812 2nd
This book describes the roles of various intermolecular and interparticle forces in determining the properties of simple systems such as gases, liquids, and solids, of more complex colloidal, polymeric, and biological systems. The book provides a thorough grounding in theories and concepts of intermolecular forces, allowing students and researchers to recognize which forces are important in any particular system and how to control these forces.

Key Features
* Surface-force measurements
* Solvation and structural forces
* Hydration and hydophobic forces
* Ion-correlation forces
* Thermal fluctuation (steric and undulation) forces
* Particle and surface interactions in polymer melts and polymer solutions
* Contains worked examples, discussion topics, and more than 100 problems

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"Every once in a while a marvelous new book appears...a small gem in which are condensed the principles of phenomena that are governed by medium and long-term forces...A lucid and original examination of fundamental forces."

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By Dr. Jacob N. Israelachvili --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 2nd edition (January 6, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123751810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123751812
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,285,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have in your curriculum March 22, 2010
I had the honor of taking a class from the author himself, based upon this text. 10 years later, I still refer to this text in my industrial career. It is comprehensive with regards to the fundamentals... Compared to others that focus more on art and observations, you are presented with the underlying physics, allowing you to deal with entirely novel situations. Compared to classical physics presentations, you recieve things in concise and logical terms without excessive theory or mathematical derivation. Its crowning achievement is its ability to make the physics accessible to graduate and advanced undergraduate chemists or biologists, paving the way for deeper interdisciplinary achievement.
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4.0 out of 5 stars two steps forward, one step back April 8, 2011
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The improvements to the third edition, over the second, are well worth the more than a decade of waiting. Nothing in the content is worse, and some additions are great.

However, the product itself--the physical book--is disappointing. Apparently concerned that an e-book savvy public will no longer pay the price required to publish a decent book, the publishers have opted to cut corners in all of the worst ways. To bring the price down into whatever the range is that was indicated by the exhaustive research of their marketing department (which seems to have consisted of a bunch of junior-year unpaid interns sitting around trying to figure out how much THEY might spring for a textbook) the modest geniuses at academic press have opted to print on uncoated (although recycled) stock. This has the twin disadvantages of poor archival quality, and poor printing quality. To compensate for the latter, the text must be printed in larger font, since teeny-weeny letters will smear together on the uncoated stock. The result is a book that is much to large for its content. It is unwieldy, unattractive, and the pages feel both rough to the touch, and soft enough to tear easily. An added disadvantage is that more pages means the places you want to turn to in the book are farther apart, meaning that you have to handle the unattractive and flimsy pages more than you want to. I would not be surprised if there is a surreptitious effort to promote this kind of bad-feeling book to herd the general public toward the Kindle(R).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book July 22, 2005
If you want to learn about the title subject, this is a great intro book. And it's probably the most enjoyable theory book you are likely to own, if you purchase it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for interparticle force calculations March 27, 2009
By Leeenda
I used this book extensively while writing up my PhD in Materials Science for calculating interparticle forces in colloidal systems.

It's very well written and thorough in all aspects of the subject matter. And yet even though the subject itself is rather dry, the book is not a difficult read, unlike some other theoretical textbooks that I have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great text with lots of information in a small package. September 29, 2007
This text is perfect for the reader who can read graphs and diagrams. A picture is worth a thousand words and so are graphs and diagrams. This text is chock full of graphs with all the information that you may need for an undergraduate or graduate course. I love this book. Its an excellent reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference work in a high quality edition November 15, 2013
By Yuri
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This is a excellent print, high quality paper, color figures, and hard cover. No need to say this is a very important and key reference scientific work.
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