This volume arose from a MSA Short Course held in Cambridge (UK) in early September 2000. The emphasis of this Short Course was to present detailed examples of mineral transformations from well-studied systems. The main types of transformation covered are displacive (Angel, Bismayer, Carpenter, Dove), cation order-disorder (Heaney, McCammon, Redfern) and associated magnetic order-disorder (Harrison). The individual chapters range from thorough introductions to formalisms (e.g. Carpenter’s analysis of elastic properties at phase transitions, and Angel’s analysis of the effect of phase transitions on equations of state) to comprehensive surveys of wide fields (e.g. Heaney’s chapter on solid solutions, Parise’s on...

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