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Review of "Contact Mechanics and Friction: Physical Principles and Applications" by Valentin L. Popov

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            [1 ]Department of Functional Morphology and Biomechanics, Zoological Institute at the University of Kiel, Am Botanischen Garten 1–9, D-24098 Kiel, Germany
            Role: Associate Editor
            Beilstein J Nanotechnol
            Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
            Beilstein-Institut (Trakehner Str. 7-9, 60487 Frankfurt am Main, Germany )
            25 January 2011
            : 2
            : 57-58
            3148062 10.3762/bjnano.2.7
            Copyright © 2011, Gorb; licensee Beilstein-Institut.

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            Contact Mechanics and Friction: Physical Principles and Applications.

            2010. Springer-Verlag: Berlin, Heidelberg. 362 pages ISBN: 978-3-642-10802-0 (Print). ISBN: 978-3-642-10803-7 (Online).
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