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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 2Rev Ed edition (28 Mar. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140135979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140135978
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2 x 18.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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"I was thoroughly charmed and won over by this book which I now recommend to all my colleagues."--Daniel C. Mattis, American Journal of Physics



"Princeton has brought to the public a highly readable treatise on the science of materials that emphasizes the strength of chemical and physical bonds, crystal structure, and cracks. . . . The author admits the necessity of being highly selective in the materials he can discuss so broadly, but he ably presents chemical and physical problems and how they have been solved in an orderly fashion, and he shows that the strength of materials is influenced as much by their environment and loading systems as by their own structures and shapes."--S. W. Dobyns, Science Books and Films

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Praise for Princeton's original edition: "I found Gordon's writing style fascinating; his book reads like a novel, and the technical content is superb."--Enoch J. Durbin, Princeton University


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Elise on 1 Aug. 2002
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If you have ever sat through a materials science lecture or tutorial and felt it was all beyond you this book is for you. Even if you haven't struggled, this book explains its subject in such a simple concise and above all interesting way that I can recommend it without hesitation. It is especially good to read as an introduction to the subject before you start a course in materials science/mechanical engineering. Even if you don't fall into one of the above categories but have an interest in the subject - do read it, it is not written for students or engineers especially, just for anyone with an interest. I can also recommend wholeheartedly the sister volume "Structures".
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Sept. 2000
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If you have, or are presently studying science A-levels, then this book should not prove a problem. However if the mere sight of an equation, large numbers, or graphs, makes you feel weak at the knees then you can stop reading now.
To begin, the book deals with the general properties of all materials. It explains how materials are used to their best in either compression or tension, and explains the reasons behind it using facts and figures, whilst diagrams help you to understand it on the microscopic level. The influence of cracks on different substances is also discussed and the theories for why some objects are left brittle whilst others are not.
The second half of the book concerns itself with specific material groups such as timber and metals.
If you have an interested in Building, Architecture or design, you will probably find this book will enlighten you to a few things in a "non-textbook" way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gov160 on 8 Jan. 2010
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This book is great for learning about material properties, many massive textbooks give the same information but they are often very hard to understand if you have little or no understanding of materials. This book however gives the information more simply and is good for starting out on learning on materials before moving on to the bigger textbooks. It also makes a good read too if you are interested in the subject. this is however not a replacement for a large text book it just provides a bit of background knowledge on the subject, still worth getting however.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ken Raus VINE VOICE on 11 April 2011
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This book made a strong,unintentional pun,impression on me when I first read it but what interested me most were the descriptions of ancient Scyth firearms like the composite bow and siege warfare engines as I was reading Herodotus, Xenophon and Plato,et al,at the time.

Gordon mentions architectural skiamorphia,I believe and illustrates this edition well with photos and diagrams which do not overcome the beginner or lay reader,even despite the equations,and thus I heartily commend this book because the writer transcends,with an affable and rational style the jargon of his own speciality-It should interest some young or older someone in the hard science of the Engineer,yet is still a great read for the curious non-specialist,too-highly informative and excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Florida on 5 Nov. 2010
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An excellent book. Explains in simple terms the concepts and jargon of strength of materials science. Includes a brief history, of the subject and the author's own research work before and during WW2. All the mathematical formulae are contained in one appendix at the end but the book is perfectly understandable without reading that section.
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I may be a scientist but I haven't done any physics since GCSE's - this book was a little challenging but not impossible. My other half is a material scientist and he read this book the summer before he went to university. It provides a great introduction to the core ideas in material science and some engineering and makes you look at buildings and vehicles very differently. If fact I now understand why things break in so many different ways. The book is written with great humor and I enjoyed the intellectual challenge it presented - it was helpful to have a professional to hand to give a few more details and we had a fairly in-depth discussion about cantilevers (not something I would have expected to able to do before I started reading). This is popular science but with some depth - expect to learn a lot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs A on 26 Jun. 2013
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Well written and informative. I love popular science books and this is essential reading for materials engineers. A good reminder of how to relate your work to Joe-public, or just a nice informative read if you aren't working in that area. A must for students.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Halliday on 9 Mar. 2009
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An excellent introduction to materials science suitable for all students who want to find out why things stick together or fall apart. What makes some things hard and others soft? Why can you stretch some materials while others separate without much effort?
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