There is no basic text book for the course due to the interdisciplinary nature of the topics covered. Course handouts, suggested reading, and presentations from invited guest speakers cover most lecture topics. The following is a list of suggested readings and reference texts for the course.

Buy at Amazon Pellegrino, S., eds. Deployable Structures. New York, NY: Springer, 2002. ISBN: 9783211836859.

Buy at Amazon Vincent, J. F. V. "Stealing Ideas from Nature." Chapter 3 in Deployable Structures. Edited by S. Pellegrino. New York, NY: Springer, 2002. ISBN: 9783211836859.

Buy at Amazon Ashby, Michael F. Materials Selection in Mechanical Design. 3rd ed. Boston, MA: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, 2005. ISBN: 9780750661683.

Buy at Amazon Jones, Robert. Mechanics of Composite Materials. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1975. ISBN: 9780070327900.

Buy at Amazon O'Neill, John P. Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomical Drawings from the Royal Library, Windsor Castle. New York, NY: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1984.

Buy at Amazon Slocik, J. M., M. R. Knecht, and D. W. Wright. "Biomimetic Synthesis of Nanoparticles." In Encylopedia of Inorganic Chemistry. Edited by R. Bruce King. New York, NY: John Wiley, 2005, pp. 371-391. ISBN: 9780470860786.

Buy at Amazon Gere, James, and Stephen Timoshenko. Mechanics of Materials. 4th ed. Boston, MA: PWS Publishing, 1996. ISBN: 9780534951023.

Buy at Amazon Ashby, Michael, and Kara Johnson. Materials and Design. Boston, MA: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, 2002. ISBN: 9780750655545.

Buy at Amazon Gibson, Lorna J., and Michael F. Ashby. Cellular Solids: Structure and Properties. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1999. ISBN: 9780521499118.

Buy at Amazon Ashby, Michael F., et al. Metal Foams: A Design Guide. Boston, MA: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, 2000. ISBN: 9780750672191.