Materials for Engineering The criterion I have adopted for discussing a specific material in this book is its commercial availability, rather than its being confined to a research and development laboratory. In the ten years since the appearance of the first edition of the book, a number of such engineering materials have appeared on the market and a number of these will be... Microscopy Techniques for Materials Science At last the book is finished – and I have now been asked to put my mind to the Preface! It occurs to me that writing a Preface is a unique art form. Admittedly, after limited research into Preface-writing, I propose, like innumerable authors before me, to start with the usual whinge – yes, to paraphrase Mrs Beeton from the Preface of... Cotton Cotton fiber is the purest source of cellulose and the most significant natural fiber. The economic significance of cotton in the global market is evident by its majority share (over 50%) among fibers for apparel and textile goods. Both the market value and the quality of cotton products are directly related to fiber quality. Competition with other...
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