Soft Matter pp 55-97 | Cite as

Freedom in chains

  • Roberto Piazza


Polymers, Italians in miniature: messy, but very flexible – Rubber soles: a brief history of tennis shoes, from rubberwood to sneakers – Chains for all tastes: from granny’s phone to microfluidics, from baby colic to space ships – Stretching and bending without breaking: the surprising mechanical properties of rubber and plastic – Snake dance: polymer coils, nets and molasses – Elastic by chance: entropy tricks and superheroes – Panta rei: even the mountains flow before God – Indiana Jones’ nightmares: the rheology of reptiles – Polymers to the charge: the polyelectrolytes.


Natural Rubber Colloidal Suspension Rubber Tree Persistence Length Nobel Laureate 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Chimica, Materiali ed Ingegneria ChimicaPolitecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly

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