Spreadsheets in Science and Engineering

pp 229-260

Spreadsheet Applications in Materials Science

  • A. A. Gorni

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Until about 20 years ago, computer applications in Materials Science were frequently discouraged by the high cost of computer processing and by the huge efforts necessary to develop and debug a program in the harsh mainframe environment. Only in very specific cases — crystallographic texture analysis, for example (Bunge 1982) — was the use of computers justified. However, it is interesting to note that a book on Materials Science edited more than twenty years ago (Guy 1976) already included some simple Fortran programs related to applications in this field.