Understanding Materials Science: History, Properties, Applications, Second Edition

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 This introduction for engineers examines not only the physical properties of materials, but also their history, uses, development, and some of the implications of resource depletion and materials substitutions.

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SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, James D. Livingston
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."

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This introduction to materials science both for students of engineering and physics and for the interested general public examines not only the physical and engineering properties of virtually all kinds of materials, but also their history, uses, development, and some of the implications of resource depletion and recycling. It covers all topics on materials from an entirely novel perspective: the role materials have played throughout history in the development of humankind and technologies. Specifically, it shows the connection between the technical and the cultural, economic, ecological, and societal aspects of materials science. It aims to whet the appetite of its readers and inspire them to further explore the properties and applications of metals, alloys, ceramics, plastics, and electronic materials by presenting easily understandable explanations and entertaining historical facts. It is also intended to raise the reader’s awareness of their obligations to society as practicing engineers and scientists.

The new edition includes numerous additions and clarifications such as:

The treatment of "high-tech ceramics" has been substantially expanded to include topics such as silicon nitride ceramics, transformation-toughened zirconia, alumina, bioceramics, cutting tools, cermets, armor, and more.

A section on composite materials has been added, including fiber-reinforced, particular, and laminar composites.

New trends such as "nanomaterials by severe plastic deformation," and a rendition of Moore’s law have been added to the final chapter.

The Economic and Environmental Considerations chapter has been rewritten and expanded to include updated statistical information on prices of materials, production figures, world reserves, consumption, and new recycling data.

The iron and steel production statistics, and the gold production and consumption figures have been updated.

Acclaim for the first edition of Understanding Materials Science:

"Hummel tries - 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 ... 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 Today

"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."

Choice Magazine

"...Hummel...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."

MRS Bulletin

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