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Author Amato, Ivan.

Title Stuff : the materials the world is made of / Ivan Amato.

Published New York, NY : BasicBooks, [1997]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Store Engin  620.11 AMAT    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description ix, 294 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-283) and index.
Contents Introduction: Stuff, stuff, everywhere stuff -- Pt. I. Trial and error. 1. Earth, air, fire, and water. 2. New stuff in the Old World. 3. The secret architecture of stuff -- Pt. II. The birth of a superdiscipline. 4. Materials research comes of age. 5. The materials Serengeti -- Pt. III. Materials by design. 6. The rite of atomic masons. 7. Composing steel. 8. The stuff that dreams are made of.
Summary From plastics to smart materials to never-before-seen composites, scientists have transformed the raw materials of the wilderness into the stuff of the modern world. Now, award-winning journalist Ivan Amato explores this fascinating science. Much more than a history of the material sciences, Stuff brims with interviews with cutting-edge experts in the field, many of whom are building new materials literally atom by atom, and describes such astounding achievements as artificial diamonds created from peanut butter and how nanotechnologists are building new-age, state-of-the-art machines no thicker than a few hundred atoms. Compelling and informative, it gives readers a marvelous glimpse into the modern world of technology and the smart materials that are at the forefront of tomorrow's breakthroughs in computers, military weaponry, electronics, and more.
Subject Materials -- Popular works.
High technology -- Popular works.
ISBN 0465083285