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Description - The Coming of Materials Science by R. W. Cahn

This text covers the discipline of materials science and draws an impressionistic map of the state of the subject. The first chapter examines the emergence of the materials science concept in both academe and industry. The second and third chapters delve into the prehistory of materials science, examining the growth of such concepts as atoms, crystals and thermodynamics, and also examine the evolution of a number of neighbouring disciplines, to see what helpful parallels might emerge. The author has striven to be critical about the history of the discipline of materials science and to draw general conclusions about scientific practice from what he has discovered about the evolution of materials science. Further issues that the book highlights include: What is a scientific discipline? How do disciplines merge and differentiate? Can a discipline also be interdisciplinary? Is materials science a real discipline? A large range of themes is presented in the book and readers are invited to interact with the author if they reach alternative conclusions. This book is not just for reading and reference, but exists to stimulate thought and provoke discussion as well.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780080426792
ISBN-10: 0080426794
Format: Hardback
Pages: 590
Imprint: Pergamon Press
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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