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Materials for the 21st Century$
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David Segal

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198804079

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198804079.001.0001

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(p.107) 13 Conclusions
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Materials for the 21st Century
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David Segal

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198804079.003.0013

Chapter 13 is the last chapter. It suggests how the 21st century may be described in terms of ‘ages’ analogous to the Bronze Age or Iron Age. Will the 21st century be described as the Silicon Age? Or perhaps be referred to as the Genomic Age? Or maybe the New Polymer Age? The role of climate change and international conflict on the pace of materials development are discussed.

Keywords:   Bessemer process, Bronze Age, climate change, Genomic Age, international conflicts, international terrorism, Iron Age, Polymer Age, Silicon Age, Stone Age

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