This is a story about sand and how science and silicon changed our lives over the last century science taught us how to take this most common material and create the products on which we depend it allows us to determine the atomic structure of materials and to grow novel new materials atomic layer by atomic layer. At the end of the book we return to sand itself to be reminded that most sand is used in the construction industry in water filters in swimming pools and on golf courses it is a tiny 01 of the silicon that finds its way into electronic devices upon which our civilisation depends. Download citation on researchgate sand and silicon science that changed the world by denis mcwhan oxford university press oxford 2012 160 pp hardcover gbp . The full text of this article hosted at iucrorg is unavailable due to technical difficulties. Inventions that changed the world 2004 jeremy clarkson alan turing tommy flowers
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