The New Science of Strong Materials

Or Why You Don't Fall Through the Floor

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Ranked #4 in Material Science, Ranked #4 in Materials Sciencesee more rankings.

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.... more

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Bill Gates CEO/MicrosoftA recapitulation of the history of materials told in an interesting and approachable way. (Source)

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