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Science  13 Jun 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5626, pp. 1664
DOI: 10.1126/science.1086470

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Materials and Design The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design. Mike Ashby and Kara Johnson. Butterworth-Heinemann (Elsevier Science) Oxford, 2002. 348 pp. Paper, $49.99, £24.99. ISBN 0-7506-5554-2.

Demonstrating how important the selection of materials is to the design of objects, the authors discuss the impact of aspects from strength and toughness to texture and color.