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Intermolecular and Surface Forces, 3rd Edition by Jacob N. Israelachvili

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Preface to the Third Edition

Updating the first and second editions of Intermolecular and Surface Forces was not easy. The field has exploded in many directions, both at the fundamental and applied levels, and into new areas. New terms have appeared such as complex fluids, soft matter, nanoscience, nanotechnology, nano-structured materials, biomimickry, and bio-inspired systems. Biological systems are being increasingly understood and copied at all length scales, accompanied by an increasing appreciation of dynamic (nonequilibrium, time- and rate-dependent) interactions. Ever more sophisticated experimental techniques and powerful computers now allow for highly complex systems to be studied and analyzed. Computers can now accurately mimic complex ...

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