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Preface 1. Introduction 2. Some physical techniques for studying polymers 3. Molecular sizes and shapes and ordered structures 4. Regular chains and crystallinity 5. Morphology and motion 6. mechanical properties I - time-independent elasticity 7. Mechanical properties II - linear viscoelasticity 8. Yield and fracture of polymers 9. Electrical and optical properties 10. Oriented polymers I - production and characterisation 11. Oriented polymers II - models and properties 12. Polymer blends, copolymers, and liquid crystal polymers Appendix: Cartesian tensors Solutions to problems Index.