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  • 362 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 720 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 1.608 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 548/.81
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: QD921 .P44 2001
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Crystals
    • Crystals--Defects
    • Crystal lattices
    • Art and literature--England--History--20th century
    • Greek literature--Appreciation--England

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521793575 | ISBN-10: 0521793572)

Materials science has emerged as one of the central pillars of the modern physical sciences and engineering, and is now even beginning to claim a role in the biological sciences. A central tenet in the analysis of materials is the structure-property paradigm, which proposes a direct connection between the geometric structures within a material and its properties. The increasing power of high-speed computation has had a major impact on theoretical materials science and has permitted the systematic examination of this connection between structure and properties. In this graduate textbook, Rob Phillips examines the various methods that have been used in the study of crystals, defects and microstructures and that have made such computations possible. A second key theme is the presentation of recent efforts that have been developed to treat problems involving either multiple spatial or temporal scales simultaneously.

• An up-to-date account, including recent developments in the field • A long awaited book from an internatioanlly renowned author


Part I. Thinking About the Material World: 1. Idealizing material response; 2. Continuum mechanics revisited; 3. Quantum and statistical mechanics revisited; Part II. Energetics of Crystalline Solids: 4. Energetic description of cohesion in solids; 5. Thermal and elastic properties of crystals; 6. Structural energies and phase diagrams; Part III. Geometric Structures in Solids: Defects and Microstructure: 7. Point defects in solids; 8. Line defects in solids; 9. Wall defects in solids; 10. Microstructure and its evolution; Part IV. Facing the Multiscale Challenge of Real Material Behavior: 11. Points, lines and walls: defect interactions and material response; 12. Bridging scales: effective theory construction; 13. Universality and specificity in materials.


'It covers an extremely wide range of topics including good case studies of new systems such as nanotubes. It succeeds in convening modelling ideas from both a physics and materials science point of view. … This book's distinct feature, which makes it attractive as a general reference book, is the inclusion of a lot of the author's personal opinions, and makes it stand out from most classroom or course textbooks. To support this, the style of writing is informal, easy to read, and sometimes fun.' Dr Wei Sha, Materials World

'… a timely and relevant postgraduate level text covering an unusual and exciting new topic …'. Joan Halfpenny, Chemistry in Britain

'I would recommend it to anyone wishing to get both a broad overview of the intersection of theoretical condensed matter physics with modern materials science, and some good pointers toward future research directions.' Nigel Goldenfeld, Physics Today

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