Sliding friction is one of the oldest problems in physics and important from a practical point of view. The ability to produce durable low-friction surfaces and lubricant fluids has become an important factor in the miniaturization of moving components in many technological devices such as magnetic storage, recording systems, miniature motors and many aerospace components. This book should be useful to physicists, chemists, materials scientists, and engineers who want to understand sliding friction. The book (or parts of it) could also from the basis for a modern undergraduate or graduate course on tribology.
Historical note; modern experimental methods and results; surface topography and surface contaminants; area of real contact - elastic and plastic deformations; sliding on clean (dry) surfaces; sliding on lubricated surfaces; sliding of adsorbate layers; boundary lubrication; elastic interactions and instability transitions; stress domains, relaxation and creep; lubricated friction dynamics; dry friction dynamics; novel sliding systems; outlook.