Thoughts on the Occasion of the Second Transformation in Materials Science
The discipline of Materials Science is, we believe, in the midst of the second transformation. The research and education of most of the Materials Science and Engineering departments in the United States have traditionally emphasized hard materials. The recent surge in research of soft materials and our perceptions that the Materials Science Methodology (both experimental and numerical) holds the advantage in the research of the soft materials prompt us to expand the area of soft materials at the expense of hard materials. Clearly the struggle between the two types of materials will continue for some time to come. The current struggle in weighting will be described in an historical fashion comparing it to the struggle in the first transformation that took place in the 1950's and 1960's.
Yukichi Umakoshi and Shinji Fujimoto
M. Meshii "Thoughts on the Occasion of the Second Transformation in Materials Science", Materials Science Forum, Vol. 512, pp. 1-4, 2006