The general subject of polymeric liquids and networks was developed
over the past 70 years by researchers from many academic
disciplines. The infusion of fresh viewpoints continually
invigorated and enriched the field, but the lack of a common
terminology and perspective has left a tendency toward
compartmentalization, making it difficult for a newcomer, even one
technically trained, to gain a broad understanding and see the
relationships among its various parts. This book, without diluting
the substance, aims to remedy that. The development emphasizes
fundamental principles and the molecular viewpoint. It has also
been developed from the background and language of molecular liquid
theory. The conceptual basis of the theories underlying each
topical area is explained with derivations sometimes outlined
briefly and sometimes given in detail. Technical terminology is
kept to the minimum necessary for a concise coherent presentation.
The goal is informed understanding rather than detailed technical
proficiency. Theory, experiement and simulation are woven together
as appropriate, leaving the reader with a balanced view of the
various areas. Much of the material in the book was developed for
graduate courses in the subject. Written from a technical but
non-specialized perspective, the book can also serve industrial
needs, consolidating the understanding of topics having both
practical and fundamental significance. It deals mainly with
non-polar and weakly polar species and mainly with results derived
from experiements on structurally well-defined systems. The object
is not to ignore the more complex systems, which are pervasive in
both nature and industry.
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William W. Graessley
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