Materials from mathematics

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Abstract

I survey some examples of materials whose recent discovery was based in an essential way on mathematical ideas. The main idea concerns compatibility, the fitting together of the phases of a material. Some of the emerging materials have the ability to change heat directly into electricity without the need of a separate electrical generator.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
JournalBulletin of the American Mathematical Society
Volume56
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by ONR (N00014-14-1-0714), AFOSR (FA9550-15-1-0207), NSF (DMREF-1629026), and the MURI program (FA9550-18-0095, FA9550-16-1-0566).

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