Hi. My name is Michael de Podesta and I am the author of Understanding the Properties of Matter. I finished the second edition in 2000 at the same time as I switched jobs out of academia and into my current job at the UK’s National Physical Laboratory. This job leaves me little time work on the book and even though I would like to write I third edition it seems sadly unlikely.
However I still love the book! I think it has many great ideas and communicates in a way that many books fail to. So this site is my attempt to keep the text alive and up-to-date and relevant.
Feel free to get in touch if you would anything about the book expanded upon or clarified.