Why solidification? Why phase-field?
JOM - The Journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), Springerlink.com, 65, 1096-1102, (2013)
"Solidiﬁcation" is a branch of pattern formation in theoretical physics. "Phase-ﬁeld" is an applied tool in engineering. This strange combination of basic and applied research is reviewed against its historical background: a story of failure and success. The main achievements in both ﬁelds are highlighted, and future perspectives are brieﬂy discussed.