In this chapter an overview of properties of ceramics and their applications is provided. It is more or less a summary of books that gives a more comprehensive picture of ceramics, such as
Modern Ceramic Engineering,
by David Richardson. A majority of the pictures and explanations are taken from
Breviary Technical Ceramics,
a recommendable paperback about ceramic materials from the Association of the German Ceramics Industry (see http://www.keramverband.de). Refer also to the American Ceramic Society (http://
for much more specific information including a list of manufacturers.