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The material world

Author: Rodney Cotterill
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : New expanded edView all editions and formats
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Publishers description for "The Material World" by Rodney Cotterill --- Using the cosmos as a backdrop, Rodney Cotterill delivers a fascinating journey of Nature's materials, from the atom to the living organism. This is a beautifully illustrated, expanded account of the highly praised Cambridge Guide to the Material World. The author seamlessly blends the physics, chemistry and biology of Nature, portraying matter  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rodney Cotterill
ISBN: 9780521451475 0521451477
OCLC Number: 71347502
Notes: Includes index.
Previous edition: published as The Cambridge guide to the material world. 1985.
Awards: Winner of Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2009
Description: x, 593 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Solo atoms : electrons, nuclei and quanta --
Atomic duets : the chemical bond --
Atoms in concert : states of matter --
Patterns within patterns : perfect crystals --
The inevitable flaw : imperfect crystals --
The great mediator : water --
From mine, quarry and well : minerals --
Almost forever : ceramics --
Monarchs of the cave : metals --
The busy electron : conductors and insulators --
A mysterious harmony : glass --
To the organic world : carbon --
Strangeness in proportion : liquid crystals --
Of snakes and ladders : polymers --
The vital threads : biopolymers --
The essential bag : the cell --
Mortal coils : the organism --
A place in the sun : the plant --
Mandatory hunter : the animal --
Enchanted loom : the mind.
Responsibility: Rodney Cotterill.

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