DRAFT CHAPTERS OF HOPED FOR BOOK ENTITLED "CLASSICAL RELAXATION PHENOMENOLOGY".
Because of incompatibilty
issues between MathType and MS Word most of these chapters have had
to be completely rewritten at least once. I have been in
contact with MathType several times and they have identified MS Word as the culprit (surprise!). I have helped them slightly but the best they can do is
encourage users to complain to Microsoft because they state on a help page that MS only listens to users, not developers. But the number of users of
MathType is a tiny fraction of the total number of users and it has been claimed that MS could not care less about such small markets (certainly consistent
with my experience). There are two issues at this time (4/17):
(1) Mathtype equations may be displaced above and/or below text lines. This problem seemed to emerge after MS changed its file format from .doc to
.docx but recent evidence points to this being a non-issue, probably because of yet another contemptible Microsoft instability.
For Word versions 2010 or later this problem can be reduced by saving .docx formatted files as .doc files, and editing them as such, or by refusing
to use Word versions 2010 or later (my solution). As usual for MS the word 'upgrade' as used by them is an insult to the English language.
(2) Equations that appear in the document as one thing [say y=x+1] appear as something else when opened in Mathtype [say y=exp(x)]. This is an
incompatibility between Mathtype and Word storage format issue (separate from the .doc and .docx issue). However every equation that appears
within Mathtype will also appear elsewhere in the document as the same equation and vice versa, so all is not lost. It is also known that MS Word
Autosave should be disabled in older versions to reduce (but not eliminate) this problem. MS's "solution" in newer Word vesions is to not make
Autosave the default setting - but always check this. The severity of this problem could (from my limited experience) increase with the number of
MathType equations - my best solution to date is to use, as much as possible, the Word Insert Symbol for Greek letters and simple algebraic equations.
As a precaution I have also increased my Win7 virtual memory to 8X the installed memory on my PC rather than the ridiculous default 2X (and made
the minimum and maximum values the same to prevent stupid Windows spending time making up its mind).
Because of problem (2) typos continue to be found (10/17) in all chapters. Feel free to send me an email if you find typos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chapter One Mathematics
(DRAFT 12 © 2017 Ian M Hodge). Latest check
(October 15 2017) reveals no remaining typos, but stay tuned..
Chapter Two Electrical Relaxation (DRAFT © 2017 Ian M Hodge)
This is based on an earlier and much more limited unpublished paper from the 1970s that was distributed world wide by someone else. I could not find the time then to check
the paper so did not submit it anywhere. A link to an eventually edited version is HERE (the editing hopefully corrects all the errors in the original and includes changes to the
phase convention used by everybody except electrical engineers). This edited version has never been submitted for publication because most of the references and examples
are in large part outdated.
Chapter Three Visco-Elastic Relaxation (will be the shortest chapter because of the definitive book by Ferry "Viscoeleastic Properties of Polymers")
Chapter Four Structural
© 2017 Ian M Hodge)
(in good shape but errata probably still exist).