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By: Geoffrey B Smith and Claes G Granqvist
447 pages, illus, tabs
This text examines the role nanotechnology plays in meeting the challenges inherent in minimizing environmental impacts while maximizing energy resources.
Both Smith and Granqvist, the two authors of the book, are eminent optical scientists with a longstanding fondness for the visible and infrared properties of particulate composite materials. ! All technoscientists, not only physicists and materials researchers, would do well to read the list of 17 characteristics that the Smith--Granqvist vision possesses. These characteristics delineate a blueprint for research directions ! . Remarkable features of this book are the bridges built throughout the volume with contemporary research topics through call-out boxes. ! The book is profusely illustrated, mostly in black and white but also with 10 pages of multicolored illustrations. Occasional flashes of quiet humor grace the book ! . Another remarkable feature of this book is its price. !Other academic publishers should take note. ! --Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Pennsylvania State University, Journal of Nanophotonics, Vol. 5, 2011
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