With its 1,500 entries, this desktop and library reference provides a comprehensive yet concise overview of the materials, manufacture, structure and architecture, properties, processing, and applications within this vast field ? all in one handy volume. It offers a unique mix of theory and application, displaying only the essential information, extensively cross-linked and via references to the recent scientific literature. The individual entries include a working definition highlighting the polymer's significance in academia and industry, followed by a brief illustration of the concepts and principles, including tables, drawings and core equations as appropriate. As a result, scientists will be able to understand the commercial implications of their work, while polymer technologists, engineers, and designers will learn the theoretical background. In short: the first-stop personal reference for anyone studying or working within the field.