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Hidden Wonders by Etienne Guyon, Jose Bico, Etienne Reyssat and Benoit Roman
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Feb 23, 2021 | ISBN 9780262539890

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Hidden Wonders fills a major gap in popular science books. Guyon and co-authors convey to their readers a modern and interdisciplinary approach to physics in a style rarely seen in the genre — with special homage to recent developments in soft-matter physics and engineering sciences. Their effort is much needed, and we scientists should look to inspire the next generation, because there are still plenty of mysteries and wonders to be discovered.” — Marcelo A. Dias, Nature Physics

Table Of Contents

Preface ……………………………………………………………………….. vi
I. BUILDERS …………………………………………………..1
The Elegance of Small and Slender Things…………………………..2
Azay-le-Rideau or Roofs of Beauty……………………………………. 10
The Eiffel Tower………………………………………………………………. 18
Inner Balance……………………………………………………………………26
Surface Tension ………………………………………………………………..34
II. CREATING SHAPES………………………..43
And We Think of Bubbles as Fragile!…………………………………44
The Tragedy of Foam ………………………………………………………..52
Necklaces and Catenaries………………………………………………….60
Elegant Stone Arches………………………………………………………..68
Shells and Mille-Feuilles ……………………………………………….. 76
III. BUILDING WITH THREAD ……..85
An Eight-Legged Builder………………………………………………….86
Wet Hair………………………………………………………………………….94
Birds as Architects ………………………………………………………….104
An Impressive Bridge of Grasses……………………………………….114
Folders and Tailors: Masters of Volume……………………………. 122
Weaving and Braiding ……………………………………………………. 132
Folding and Crumpling Paper Balls…………………………………. 142
IV. FROM SAND TO GLASS…………… 153
Seeing a World in a Grain of Sand…………………………………… 154
The Secret of Sandcastles………………………………………………… 162
Earthen Architecture……………………………………………………… 172
Liquid Stone: Concrete …………………………………………………… 180
The Saga of Fusing Granular Matter………………………………… 188
States of Glass ……………………………………………………………….. 196
V. MATTER IN MOTION……………………. 205
Beams Bend but Do Not Break………………………………………..206
Vaulting into the Air………………………………………………………. 216
The Choreography of Pine Cones……………………………………… 224
Flying Seeds………………………………………………………………….. 232
Quaking Bows……………………………………………………………….. 242
Uppity Grains of Sand ……………………………………………………. 252
VI. FRACTURES ………………………………………261
Prehistoric Gems …………………………………………………………… 262
Pointed Tears ………………………………………………………………… 270
The Geometry of Lettuce ………………………………………………. 278
Eloquent Craquelures ……………………………………………………..286
Walking on Eggs …………………………………………………………..294
Glass Teardrops ……………………………………………………………..302
Glossary ………………………………………………………………………… 310
Reading List………………………………………………………………….. 312
Acknowledgments………………………………………………………….. 313

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