This book emphasises the relationships between diverse types of material, and their importance and usage in engineering. It describes the structure-property-processing-performance relationships in various classes-metals, ceramics, polymers and composites. Each chapter discusses all these materials, so that students are reminded of bonding and structure and their influence on properties, processing and material performance. Within this core content the authors have inserted numerous illustrations and worked examples, case studies, and questions at the end of each chapter, in order to encourage the reader to better understand and appreciate the subject. This title will serve as an excellent textbook for engineering students of diverse disciplines, as well as an introduction for design engineers in manufacturing industries engaged in the selection of engineering materials.