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

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Preface to the First Edition

Intermolecular forces embrace all forms of matter, and yet one finds very few university courses devoted to all aspects of this important subject. I wrote this book with the aim of presenting a comprehensive and unified introduction to intermolecular and surface forces, describing their role in determining the properties of simple systems such as gases, liquids, and solids, but especially of more complex, and more interesting, systems. These are neither simple liquids nor solids, but rather a myriad of dissolved solute molecules, small molecular aggregates, or macroscopic particles interacting in liquid or vapor. It is the forces in such systems that ultimately determine the behavior and properties of everyday things: ...

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