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Sand and Silicon: Science that Changed the World
  

Sand and Silicon: Science that Changed the World (Hardback)

By McWhan, Denis

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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 mechanics gave birth to the electronic age and the computer chip in which dopants are precisely placed in ultra pure silicon. The absorption and emission and reflection of quanta of light, photons, underlies solar cells, light emitting diodes, radiation detectors and optical fibers. This book follows the history of these scientific discoveries and relates them to the products made from sand.
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ISBN 9780199640270
Released NZ 6 Mar 2012
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780199640270
Stock Available
Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Released 6 Mar 2012
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By McWhan, Denis
Category Impact Of Science & Technology On Society
Popular Science
Condensed Matter Physics (Liquids & Solids)
Optics (Light)
Semi-Conductors & Super-Conductors
Number of Pages 160
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 237mm
Spine: 15mm
Dewey Code 553.622
Weight 432g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Sand, Silicon - Industrial applications - History
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade

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