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How do we make things stick together? Exactly how super is super glue? Can duct tape solve all of your problems?
This book is about providing simple answers to these sticky questions and more by showing how adhesion science, in a very real sense, is holding civilization together. Adhesives are everywhere in our daily lives. With some spaghetti, a few geckos, a couple of frying pans and a lot of problem solving science, adhesion – what makes things stick – is explained with wit and panache by Professor Steven Abbott. From chewing gum to Portland cement and everything in between, all are passed under the microscope to see if, how, and, in some cases, to whom things stick and why.
Accompanied by an extensive suite of videos illustrating how science works, Sticking Together will pull apart the facts, dispel some tacky myths and reveal a few sticky surprises.
- Background Ideas
- Sticking like a Gecko
- How Stuck is Stuck?
- Strong Adhesion
- Strong Adhesion with Weak Polymers
- Sticking Other Things Together
- Watching Paint Dry
- Sticking in 3D
- Not Sticking
- How Nature Sticks Things
Professor Steven Abbott studied chemistry at Oxford and received a PhD for work done in Oxford and Harvard. A post-doc in the Nobel Prize winning lab of Prof Jean-Marie Lehn in Strasbourg was followed by an industrial career in the chemical company ICI and in a coatings company near Oxford. He collaborated for many years with a team at the University of Leeds and was appointed as Visiting Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering. He has been an independent scientist since 2009, a trouble-shooter, trainer and prolific app writer, and author of free eBooks linked to the apps. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
"This is a fascinating book. A must-read for anyone interested in how the world gets stuck together and the vital role chemistry plays in our everyday lives."
– Mark Miodownik, University College London
"With Sticking Together, Abbott has created a treasure trove for anyone interested in how and why things stick. A delightful mix of anecdote, experience and explanation, it makes for an entertaining and informative read."
– Laurie Winkless, author of Science and the City