The Physics of Foams

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9780198510970: The Physics of Foams

Ordinary foams such as the head of a glass of beer and more exotic ones such as solid metallic foams raise many questions for the physicist and have attracted a substantial research community in recent years. The present book describes the results of extensive experiments, computer simulations, and theories in an authoritative yet informal style, making ample use of illustrations and photographs. As an introduction to the whole field of the physics of foams it puts a strong emphasis on liquids while also including solid foams. Simple, idealized models are adopted and their consequences explored. Specific topics include: structure, drainage, rheology, conductivity, and coarsening. A minimum of mathematics is used. Theory and experiment are described together at every stage. A guide to further reading is provided through carefully selected references. This is a complete and coherent introduction to the subject which no other modern text currently offers.

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Denis Weaire is in the Physics Department, Trinity College, Dublin. Stefan Hutzler is in the Physics Department, Trinity College, Dublin.


"Review from previous edition '...the book provides an excellent overview of our current knowledge of liquid foams and shows the directions of future research efforts. It would be an excellent introduction to the subject for any novice and an engaging read for experts in the field. This book is a timely addition to the literature and should become a classic text... An essential item for every library, it is strongly recommended.'"--M.J. Grimson, Angewandte Chemie, Vol. 21, 2000

"'...the authors' coherent account will benefit researchers at all levels. In addition, Physics of Foams includes many beautiful photographs and computer-generated illustrations of foam structures... that will ensure the continued fascination of all readers.'"--G.C. Barker, Science,

"'...the book represents a major advance. It is written in a pleasant style and is accessible to a wide population of physicists.'"--P.-G. De Gennes, Physics Today

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