The audit and selection tools developed in the text are implemented in the CES Edu 09 software, a powerful materials information system that is widely used for both teaching and design. The book is self-contained; access to the software is not a prerequisite. The software is a useful adjunct to the text, enhancing the learning experience and providing access to data for a much wider range of materials. It allows realistic selection studies that properly combine multiple constraints and the construction of tradeoff plots in the same format as those of the text.
No book of this sort is possible without advice, constructive criticism, and ideas from others. Numerous colleagues have been generous with their time and thoughts. I would particularly like to recognize the suggestions and stimulus, directly or indirectly, made by Dr. Julian Allwood, Prof. David Cebon, Dr. Patrick Coulter, Dr. Jon Cullen, Prof. David MacKay, and Dr. Hugh Shercliff, all of Cambridge University, and Prof. John Abelson and the students of the University of Illinois Materials Science and Engineering classes 201 (Phases and Microstructures) and 498 (Materials for Sustainability) (2008), who trialled and proofread the manuscript. Equally valuable has been the contribution of the team at Granta Design, Cambridge, responsible for the development of the CES software that has been used to make many of the charts that are a feature of this book.
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