Some History



Certain ancient periods of history are named after the material that was predominantly utilized at that time. The Stone Age, which began about 2.5 million years ago, is the earliest of these periods. Stone, more specifically flint, clearly satisfies our definition of a ceramic, given in Chapter 1.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemical, Materials and Biomolecular EngineeringUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA
  2. 2.School of Mechanical and Materials EngineeringWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA

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