I just finished reading this great book that nicely covers many aspects of surface roughness and tribology. The author, Laurie Winkless, is a physicist who loves communicating about science and technology. Her latest book addresses the huge range of ways in which friction shapes the natural and manufactured world. She documents how surface science has given us an ability to manipulate stickiness, down to the level of single atoms, and how it all affects our daily lives—from geckos adhering to walls, to figure skating and hockey, to earthquakes, non-stick pans, and Post-It Notes.
It’s a truly enjoyable and fascinating read and I highly recommend it.