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Soft Interfaces
The 1994 Dirac Memorial Lecture


  • Date Published: September 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521020350

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  • Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac, one of the greatest physicists of the twentieth century, died in 1984. Dirac's college, St John's of Cambridge, generously endowed annual lectures to be held at Cambridge University in his memory. This volume contains a much expanded version of the 1994 Dirac Lecture by Nobel Laureate Pierre Gilles de Gennes. The book presents an impressionistic tour of the physics of soft interfaces. Full of insight and interesting asides, it not only provides an accessible introduction to this topic, but also lays down many markers and signposts for interesting new research possibilities. The text begins with a brief discussion of wetting and dewetting and then goes on to consider the dynamics of different types of interface before considering adhesion and polymer/polymer welding.

    • Author is distinguished Nobel Prize winning physicist
    • An accessible introduction to an important new topic
    • Part of the very successful 'Dirac Memorial Lecture' series of volumes
    • Most of the questions presented here have been understood only during the last five years/this is the first overview available
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Soft Interfaces gives a thorough - and indeed enhanced - account of proceedings that will prove a valuable 114 pages for researchers in the field … Good as background for students and possible research inspiration for academics.' New Scientist

    'The work will be of value for advanced workers in the fields of fluid mechanics, surface science, polymer fracture and adhesion.' Derek W. Aubrey, Chemistry in Britain

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521020350
    • length: 128 pages
    • dimensions: 204 x 127 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.152kg
    • contains: 43 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Sir Sam Edwards
    1. Geography and explorations
    2. Mobile borders: the dynamics of wetting (or dewetting)
    3. Decorated borders: slippage between a solid and a polymer melt
    4. Principles of adhesion
    5. Polymer/polymer welding
    6. Conclusions
    Appendix: Drag on a tethered chain moving in a polymer melt

  • Author

    Pierre Gilles de Gennes, Collège de France, Paris

    Introduction by

    Sam Edwards

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