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  • This nursery rhyme is one of the oldest, most familiar, and shortest treatises on fracture mechanics in the literature. Nevertheless, it makes several important points: (1) fracture occurs in response to some driving force (for Humpty, a great fall), (2) fracture involves material separation, and (3) fracture is irreversible.

published proceedings

  • MRS Bulletin

author list (cited authors)

  • Needleman, A., & Van der Giessen, E.

publication date

  • January 1, 2001 11:11 AM