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Material science has made a huge impact on the world we know today. Without such a study we would not have modern day technologies such as smartphones, iPods and computers. However, there are critical components of each material, which without we would never have made such enormous strides in technology. The most key part of this science are the three essential properties of every material which include the kind of atoms which make up a material, the way atoms are arranged in a material, and the way atoms are bonded to one another within said material. Without knowing these key variables in how materials form to themselves and one another we would never have been able to create items such as silicon-based semiconductors, which revolutionized computing.

Silicon-based semiconductors are created by a process called doping, which has allowed us to create the transistor and the microchip, the fundamental parts of today's technological advances. The silicon-based semiconductor has revolutionized the way we approach information manipulation and collection. As Trefil states, ?The key to this revolution is our ability to fashion complex crystals atom by atom from silicon, a material that is produced from ordinary beach sand?. (Trefil, 2004, p.247). These silicon crystals form semiconductors which are the basis of some of the tiniest advancements in the world with the greatest processing power.

[...] How developments in material science have jump started the computer revolution Material science has made a huge impact on the world we know today. Without such a study we would not have modern day technologies such as smartphones, iPods and computers. However, there are critical components of each material, which without we would never have made such enormous strides in technology. The most key part of this science are the three essential properties of every material which include the kind of atoms which make up a material, the way atoms are arranged in a material, and the way atoms are bonded to one another within said material. [...]


[...] Trefil describes this achievement yet to pass, ?Building a com-puter of this size and level of connectedness is at present totally beyond the capability of technology?. (Trefil p. 256). Materials are key to the formation of technologies and conduction that have allowed us to move forward in today's economy. Without them we would have little to no information manipulation and sharing as we do today from items such as computers and smartphones. One day our advances in material science and chemical bonding will allow us to create computer technology that will rival our own thought processes. When that day comes what materials will they create? [...]

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