5R21. Physics and Mathematics of Adiabatic Shear Bands. - TW Wright (US Army Res Lab, Aberdeen Proving Ground MD). Cambridge UP, Cambridge, UK. 2002. 241 pp. ISBN 0-521-63195-5. $60.00.

Reviewed by P Perzyna (Inst of Fund Tech Res, Polish Acad of Sci, Swietokrzyska 21, Warsaw, 00-049, Poland).

This little book is based on a course of lectures given by the author on visits to the University of California at San Diego in 1990 and 1995. The topics were chosen primarily because of the author’s particular research interests, but also to fill a gap of research monographs in the field of the material instability known as adiabatic shear banding.

TW Wright has a reputation of long standing as a particularly lucid and methodical expositor, both when writing and lecturing. This book also is a model of clarity (with, however, some exceptions to...

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