All Kinds of Bubbles

Science  21 Jul 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5478, pp. 398
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5478.398

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The Physics of Foams. Denis Weaire and Stefan Hutzler. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1999. 260 pp. $80, £47.50. ISBN 0-19-850551-5.

Universal Foam From Cappuccino to the Cosmos. Sidney Perkowitz. Walker and Company, New York, 2000. 206 pp. $24, C$35.95. ISBN 0-8027-1357-2.

These two broad-ranging and enlightening books offer complimentary perspectives on the physics of foam. Writing for a general audience, Perkowitz pursues the topic's alliance of physics and chemistry from the kitchen to the laboratory to the structure of the universe. Weaire and Hutzler's more technical account, which pays considerable attention to the recent progress and future prospects enabled by computer simulations, will benefit researchers at all levels.