Now retired from the Materials Science and Engineering Department at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA, Dr. John C. Russ has worked with many different types of microscopes and image analysis tools to study the microstructure of materials. During a career of nearly 50 years teaching students and working in industry, he has become recognized worldwide as an expert in image analysis. He has developed a familiarity with other types of microstructures and corresponding fields, including foods, biological materials, , wood and paper products, textiles, and biomedical and forensic imaging. He has published numerous books and papers, and continues to teach workshops, consult on imaging issues, and provide expert witness testimony. Dr. Russ is the recipient of the Ernst Abbe Memorial Award from the New York Microscopical Society for his achievements in the field of microscopy.--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.