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P. J. Flory ; Stanford University, USA

During the past half century, we have witnessed a proliferation of synthetic polymers with few parallels in the records of technological advance. Some of them have replaced polymers of natural origin used for the artifacts of man from time immemorial; notable examples are synthetic fibers and synthetic rubbers. Others have found new uses and applications made possible by their novel properties - applications which sometimes were comprehended only after creation of the unique polymeric material.

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IBM Journal of Research and Development  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 2 )