This book was one in the Longman Physics Topics series. It was written to provide background material for the work on materials in the first year of the Nuffield Physics course.
The aim was to help students to appreciate the importance of the various materials in everyday life and begin to explain some of their properties, thus laying the foundation for more formal studies later. At the same time, some attention was paid to the selection of materials for building and engineering.
The book was published in 1968 and so it is inevitable that many of the illustrations and applications seem dated. The book could be used to compare the materials available today with those used around the middle of the twentieth century.
Introducing this book
• Stony materials: stone, concrete, bricks and tiles
MATERIALS IN THE HOME
• Fibres: natural and man-made
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