Elastomers and rubberlike materials form a critical component in diverse applications that range from tyres to biomimetics and are used in chemical, biomedical, mechanical and electrical engineering. This updated and expanded second edition provides an elementary introduction to the physical and molecular concepts governing elastic behaviour, with a particular focus on elastomers. With a list of experiments and demonstrations, problem sets and solutions, this is a self-contained introduction to the topic for graduate students, researchers and industrialists working in the applied fields of physics and chemistry, polymer science and engineering.

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Part A. Fundamentals: 1. Introduction; 2. Some rubberlike materials; 3. The single molecule: theory and experiment; 4. Preparation and structure of networks; 5. Elementary statistical theory for idealized networks; 6. Statistical theory for real networks; 7. Elastic equations of state and Force-Deformation relations; 8. Swelling of networks and volume phase transitions; 9. Force as a function of temperature; 10. Model elastomers; Part B. Additional Topics: 11. Networks prepared under unusual conditions; 12. Strain-induced crystallization and ultimate properties; 13. Multimodal networks; 14. Birefringence and segmental orientation; 15. Neutron scattering from networks; 16. Liquid crystalline elastomers; 17. Bioelastomers; 18. Filled elastomers; 19. Current problems and new directions; Appendixes: A. Relationships between I', ~, and Mc; B. Relationships between