Chapter headings and section headings: Introduction. The phase rule, phase equilibria and phase diagrams. The phase rule. Phase equilibria and phase diagrams. One-component systems. Two-component systems consisting of condensed phases. Three-component and multicomponent systems consisting of condensed phases only. Gas phase systems. Experimental techniques. Preparation of starting materials. Temperature measurement and temperature calibration. Determination of phase equilibria and phase diagrams. Atmospheric control. High pressure techniques. Phase identification. Mathematical analysis and applications of phase diagrams. Classification and compilation of high temperature phase diagrams. Co-ordination transformation for compositional points. Phase boundaries and their analytical expression. Representation of phase diagrams by projection and section figures. Applications of phase diagrams. The calculation of phase diagrams. The development of phase diagram calculation and calculation strategy. Data collection. Mathematical treatment of thermodynamic functions. Calculation of phase diagrams. Phase transition. Polymorphic transition. Phase transition in solid solutions. Meta-equilibria and meta-equilibria phase diagrams. Metastable state and meta-equilibrium phase diagrams. Free energy relationships in metastable systems. Solid-liquid meta-equilibria. Solid-solid meta-equilibria. Metastable liquid immiscibility. Solid-gas meta-equilibria. Meta-equilibria phase diagrams and their calculation. Index.