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Author McWhan, Denis.
Title Sand and silicon : science that changed the world / Denis McWhan.
Imprint Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012.

Author McWhan, Denis.
Subject Sand.
Silicon -- Industrial applications -- History.
Description 1 online resource (1 volume) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
Summary This is a story about sand and how science and silicon changed our lives. Over the last century, science taught us how to take this most common material and create the products on which we depend. It allows us to determine the atomic structure of materials and to grow novel, new materials atomic layer by atomic layer. The principles of thermodynamics are used to transform sand into ultra pure silicon. Quantum mechanics gave birth to the electronic age and the computer chip in which dopants are precisely placed in ultra pure silicon. The absorption and emission and reflection of quanta of light, photons, underlies solar cells, light emitting diodes, radiation detectors and optical fibers. This book follows the history of these scientific discoveries and relates them to the products made from sand.
Contents Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Preface; Contents; List of Figures; 1 Submarines, Clocks, and Sensors; 2 The Architecture of Sand; 3 How Pure is Pure?; 4 Impurities are Key; 5 The Sun Shines Bright; 6 How Small is Small?; 7 Through the Looking Glass; 8 Sand is Everywhere; Bibliography; Index
ISBN 9780191626975 (electronic bk.)
019162697X (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 9786613625090
OCLC # 777267600
Additional Format Print version: McWhan, Denis. Sand and silicon. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012 9780199640270 (OCoLC)757147148

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