Soap, Science, and Flat-screen TvsTim Sluckin and David A. Dunmur
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... engaging monograph ... I recommend this cultured chronicle of the people and history of a delicate state of matter that has had a profound influence on the technologies of communications and displays. Derry W. Jones, Contemporary Physics This is a truly stimulating look at the history and science of a little-understood phase of matter and a material that affects our lives every day [...] a truly useful addition to the pedagogical literature on liquid crystals. Peter Collings, Physics Today It provides a perceptive insight into the evolution of the important area of soft matter and the development from this of an impressive display technology. Geoffrey Luckhurst, Chemistry World The authors delightful weaving of the influence of first individuals and then commercial companies with the advances in science pertinent to developing displays makes for fascinating and entertaining reading. Gerald R. Van Hecke, Science This is a readable introduction to an influential field, concentrating on personalities within political eras, and demonstrating that as complicated as the science might get, it is still a human endeavor, with all the attendant ambition, misunderstanding, dead ends and eventual enlightenment. Rob Hardy, The Dispatch The liquid crystal display has changed the world and will continue to do so. Soap, Science, and Flat-Screen TVs is a true and valuable history of its first 100 years, embracing as it does both the scientific literature and the history and socio-economic background of the individuals and institutions that make up the story. Bill Crossland, Times Higher Education Supplement