- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial (September 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380731533
- ISBN-13: 978-0380731534
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #694,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stuff: Materials World Paperback – September 1, 1998
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"Stuff, stuff, everywhere stuff": Ivan Amato will make you appreciate how much ingenuity, history, and subtlety goes into even the most apparently mundane human-produced materials, such as paper or steel. Then he will astonish you by describing the Stuff of the future, the deliberate creations of today's materials scientists: Buckyballs, synthetic diamonds, designs crafted at the atomic level, self-healing materials, and biomimetics. A revolution is just beginning that is "comparable in scope and importance to the beginning of the scientific method." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Amato has drawn upon his experience covering science and technology topics for Science News and Science to write this history of materials science. In the book's first half, he traces the subject from Olduvai Gorge to Silicon Valley, chronicling the shift from largely serendipitous discoveries to steady improvements as the result of a trial-and-error approach. Amato then looks at today's cutting-edge materials research, in which new materials that never existed in the natural world (e.g., artificial diamonds made out of peanut butter) are being developed by design. Writing in a lively, readable style that will appeal to the nonexpert, Amato manages to convey his enthusiasm for the subject. The references at the end are largely bibliographic essays of books and articles suggested for further reading on each topic. Few other books cover the history of the discipline so succinctly or engagingly. Recommended for academic libraries and public libraries with strong science collections.?Wade Lee, Univ. of Toledo Libs.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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