Soap, Science, and Flat-Screen TVs: A History of Liquid Crystals,

David
Dunmur
and
Tim
Sluckin
Oxford University Press
,
New York
, 2011. $53.95 (345 pp.). ISBN 978-0-19-954940-5

Structure and Properties of Liquid Crystals ,

Lev M.
Blinov
Springer Science and Business Media
,
Heidelberg, Germany
, 2011. $129.00 (439 pp.). ISBN 978-90-481-8828-4

Chemist David Dunmur and physicist Tim Sluckin have made important contributions to the field of liquid-crystal research and are respected by all of us who toil in it. Soap, Science, and Flat-Screen TVs: A History of Liquid Crystals is yet another contribution, but of a very different sort—namely, “somewhere between history of science and popular science,” to use the authors’ own words. Their desire is to “communicate the excitement of liquid crystals to a wider audience.” To do that, they explain the important concepts and techniques necessary to understand the...

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