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Author: Richard D. James
Journal: Bull. Amer. Math. Soc.
MSC (2010): Primary 74N05; Secondary 74N30, 74N20, 82B26
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1090/bull/1644
Published electronically: August 30, 2018
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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.


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Richard D. James
Affiliation: Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
Email: james@umn.edu

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1090/bull/1644
Received by editor(s): May 7, 2018
Published electronically: August 30, 2018
Additional Notes: 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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