This book, based on lectures given at the Polytechnic of Milan, gives a broad overview of the field of polymer dynamics. In these lectures the aim is to stress the fundamental concepts of the behaviour of polymers without drawing on the more advanced mathematical formalism which often obscures the natural elegance of the subject matter. Professor De Gennes is one of the most distinguished workers in the field of material science. Therefore this book will be welcomed by both the experienced researcher in the area and the interested layman. It will be of particular value to graduate students.
Introduction; 1. General aspects of polymer chains; 2. Minimum number of aminoacids required to build up a specific receptor with a folded chain; 3. Dry spreading of liquids on solids; 4. Towards a scaling theory of drag reduction; Index.