For more than 20 years P. Haasen's book Physical Metallurgy has been not only an introductory textbook for students of both physics and materials science, but has also been used by scientists as a concise review of the whole field of metal physics.
Based on classical methods of solid state physics and physical chemistry, it covers many methods and nearly all problems of physical metallurgy except magnetism and superconductivity. The latter were intentionally left out for a second volume, which P. Haasen was not able to finish.
Each chapter of the book is designed to guide the reader from the simpler to the more complex metallurgical phenomena, to give them some physical meaning and to lead the reader to the current state of knowledge.
The third edition was completely revised. Major additions deal with ‘Hydrogen in Metals’, with ‘Shape-Memory Alloys’ and with ‘Plasticity of Intermetallics’. These are rapidly developing areas of research in metal physics. At the time of my retirement I hope that this book will continue to be useful and to set standards. (P. Haasen)
P. Haasen finished the manuscript of the third English edition only weeks before his death on 18th October, 1993.
Final revisions and corrections were accomplished with the help of Brian M. Watts, Haverhill, UK. Drs G. Brion, D. Isheim, and A. Pundt have helped in proof-reading.
Ferdinand Haider, Fritz D. Wöhler
Göttingen, Summer 1995