Liquid Crystals, Laptops and Life

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Liquid Crystals, Laptops and Life connects the laptop computer with life itself via liquid crystals, the phases of matter essential to both. In the process it provides an integrated introduction to those parts of chemistry and physics that are necessary for understanding the basic science and technology embedded in the laptop and in life. This book can be understood by students with a good background in high school chemistry and physics, yet it can also serve as a primer for scientists who are not well versed in the areas covered.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Scientific models 11
3 Symmetry 17
4 Forces and fields 41
5 An introduction to light waves 57
6 Atoms and molecules 75
7 Molecules and matter 99
8 Historical interlude - a brief history of polymers, liquid crystals, and semiconductors 121
9 Polymers 137
10 Liquid crystals 163
11 Semiconductors 189
12 The molecules of life 209
13 Digital devices and microcomputer basics 237
14 Liquid crystal displays 259
15 Putting it all together - the laptop computer 287
16 Liquid crystals in the visual arts 299
17 Lyotropic liquid crystals and life 317
App. A Review of mathematics 337
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