• Challenge, response and serendipity in the design of materials

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      Case histories; age-hardening; transformer laminations; lamp filaments; nanostructures and nanofilters; superalloys; strong fibres

    • Abstract


      A number of condensed case-histories of successful materials innovations are presented to illustrate the author’s thesis that happy accident favouring the prepared mind (i.e. serendipity), or alternatively a response to a challenge from competing materials, are circumstances favouring effective innovation.

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      R W Cahn1

      1. Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Pembroke Street, Cambridge - CB2 3QZ, England
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