Materials Science

Materials Science

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By Mike Meier

Status: On the back burner

Thinking last night about the concept behind this book, I realized that the line attributed to Einstein, the one about education being what you had learned after you forgot everything you learned in school, seemed pretty close to the mark. I remember many times, standing in front of the classroom, delivering my spiel, and thinking, this is a grind. I was asking them to dig in and grind out the numbers, get to be able to the answers, so that in time they'd know how to turn the dials and flick the switches that would make their own careers run smoothly. And I remember thinking, how do I also get the big picture across? If we met a year later and struck up a conversation, and having forgotten how exactly one calculates a structure factor or the relativistic mass of an of an electron, could we still hold a conversation on the big ideas? That's what this book is about, the big concepts, the working concepts, that ideas that make materials science what it is. This won't be a text book, or a study guide, certainly no Cliff's Notes. It will be a low stress walk through a field I really enjoy.