This fifth edition of the highly regarded family of titles that first published in 1965 is now a three-volume set and over 3,000 pages. All chapters have been revised and expanded, either by the fourth edition authors alone or jointly with new co-authors. Chapters have been added on the physical metallurgy of light alloys, the physical metallurgy of titanium alloys, atom probe field ion microscopy, computational metallurgy, and orientational imaging microscopy. The books incorporate the latest experimental research results and theoretical insights. Several thousand citations to the research and review literature are included.

Key Features

  • Exhaustively synthesizes the pertinent, contemporary developments within physical metallurgy so scientists have authoritative information at their fingertips
  • Replaces existing articles and monographs with a single, complete solution
  • Enables metallurgists to predict changes and create novel alloys and processes


For teaching and research faculty, upper level undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral research associates in metallurgy and materials science and technology and related areas of study (physics, chemistry and biomedical science).

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors to Volume I
  • List of Contributors to Volume II
  • List of Contributors to Volume III
  • Preface to the Fifth Edition
  • Preface to the Fourth Edition
  • Preface to the Third Edition
  • Preface to the First and Second Editions
  • About the Editors
  • Volume I
    • 1. Crystal Structures of Metallic Elements and Compounds
      • 1.1. Introduction
      • 1.2. Factors Governing Formation and Stability of Crystal Structures
      • 1.3. Crystal Structures of the Metallic Elements
      • 1.4. Crystal Structures of Intermetallic Phases
      • 1.5. Crystal Structures of Quasicrystals
    • 2. Electron Theory of Complex Metallic Alloys
      • 2.1. Introduction
      • 2.2. Fundamentals in Alloy Phase Stability
      • 2.3. Structure of Complex Metallic Alloys
      • 2.4. Electron Theory of Complex Metallic Alloys
      • 2.5. Stabilization Mechanism in a Series of Gamma-Brasses
      • 2.6. Stabilization Mechanism in 1/1–1/1–1/1 Approximants
      • 2.7. Hume-Rothery Electron Concentration Rule
    • 3. Thermodynamics and Phase Diagrams
      • 3.1. Introduction
      • 3.2. Thermodynamics
      • 3.3. The Gibbs Phase Rule
      • 3.4. Thermodynamic Origin of Binary Phase Diagrams
      • 3.5. Binary Temperature-Composition Phase Diagrams
      • 3.6. Ternary Temperature-Composition Phase Diagrams
      • 3.7. General Phase Diagram Sections
      • 3.8. Thermodynamic Databases for the Computer Calculation of Phase Diagrams
      • 3.9. Equilibrium and Nonequilibrium Solidification
      • 3.10. Second-Order and Higher-Order Transitions
      • 3.11. Bibliography
      • Acknowledgments
    • 4. Metallic Glasses
      • 4.1. Introduction
      • 4.2. Compositions, Thermodynamics and Kinetics
      • 4.3. Structure
      • 4.4. Structural Evolution
      • 4.5. Mechanical Properties
      • 4.6. Applications


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About the authors

David Laughlin

David E. Laughlin is the ALCOA Professor of Physical Metallurgy in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, where he has taught since 1974. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at CMU.He is the Principal Editor of the Metallurgical and Materials Transactions family of journals of ASM International and TMS. His research has centered on the investigation of the structure of materials by means of transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction. He has studied various diffusional phase transformations by detailed analysis of their micro-structure as well as electron diffraction patterns. For the past 25 years he has focused on the investigation of the magnetic properties and microstructure of soft magnets (HITPERM), hard magnets (FePt and CoPt) and magnetic thin films for recording media. He co-chairs the Data Storage Systems Center Magnetic Recording Group. He has taught courses on physical metallurgy, electron microscopy, diffraction techniques, thermodynamics, crystallography, magnetic materials and phase transformations. He is a director of both the X-ray Central Facility and the Electron Optics Central Facility of the Materials Science and Engineering Department of Carnegie Mellon University. He has more than 400 technical publications in the field of phase transformations, physical metallurgy and magnetic materials, and has edited or co-edited eight books and has ten U.S. Patents in the field of magnetic recording. He was elected as an Honorary member of the AIME and is a Fellow of ASM and TMS.

Kazuhiro Hono

Kazuhiro Hono is NIMS Fellow, Director of Magnetic Materials Unit, National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan


How does one review The Bible? Editors R.W. Cahn and P. Haasen have succeeded in producing the Physical Metallurgy equivalent. This is the third revision of the famous work, and it represents a major extension to the previous edition with at least 50% more material packed into three very substantial volumes....  --Contemporary Physics
Considering the exactness and extent of the contents, this work represents an advanced textbook, and, at the same time, a suitable handbook for University. --Metallic Materials