that traditionally has been considered the basis of economic and societal health.* This concept of “limits to growth,” and the related idea of a “steady-state society,” are not within the scope of this study. They are, however, further indications of the changing context in which materials science and engineering exists and in which, we believe, the field has useful contributions to make.


See, for example, H.Brooks, “Materials in a Steady State World,” Metallurgical Transactions, 3, 759 (1972).

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