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Sand and silicon : science that changed the world

Author: Denis McWhan
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is a story about sand and how science and silicon changed our lives. Over the last century, science taught us how to take this most common material and create the products on which we depend. It allows us to determine the atomic structure of materials and to grow novel, new materials atomic layer by atomic layer. The principles of thermodynamics are used to transform sand into ultra-pure silicon. Quantum  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Denis McWhan
ISBN: 0199640270 9780199640270
OCLC Number: 757147148
Description: xiv, 142 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Submarines, clocks, and sensors --
The architecture of sand --
How pure is pure --
Impurities are key --
The sun shines bright --
How small is small --
Through the looking glass --
Sand is everywhere.
Responsibility: Denis McWhan.

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Where would the world be without sand? Pure and impure, heated and x rayed, in tiny crystals and huge quantities, sand is not only underfoot, but - as McWhan shows in drawing on four decades of Read more...

 
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