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Description - Why Things Break by Mark E. Eberhart

Did you know - It took more than an Iceberg to sink the Titanic The Challenger disaster was predicted Unbreakable glass dinnerware had its origin in railroad lanterns A football team cannot lose momentum Mercury thermometers are prohibited on airplanes for a crucial reason Why Things Break explores the fascinating question of what holds things together (for a while), what breaks them apart, and why the answers have a direct bearing on our everyday lives. When Mark Eberhart was growing up in the 1960s, he learned that splitting an atom leads to a terrible explosion - which prompted him to worry that when he cut into a stick of butter, he would inadvertently unleash a nuclear cataclysm. Years later, as a chemistry professor, he remembered this childhood fear when he began to ponder the fact that we know more about how to split an atom than we do about how a pane of glass breaks. In Why Things Break, Eberhart leads us on a remarkable and entertaining exploration of all the cracks, clefts, fissures, and faults examined in the field of materials science and the many astonishing discoveries that have been made about everything from the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger to the crashing of your hard drive. Understanding why things break is crucial to modern life on every level, from personal safety to macroeconomics, but as Eberhart reveals here, it is also an area of cutting-edge science that is as provocative as it is illuminating.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781400048830
ISBN-10: 1400048834
Format: Paperback
(208mm x 132mm x 15mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Three Rivers Press
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 25-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Mark E. Eberhart

MARK E. EBERHART is a professor of chemistry and geochemistry at the Colorado School of Mines. He received his doctorate in materials science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.