"… this is a
fascinating and valuable book, full of information, problems, ideas and suggestions for future work." -- Paul Andrew Martin, Mathematical Reviews-Issue 99
"Written for graduate-level students, this book will make a welcome addition to any university engineering or science library, particularly those with graduate <196> level programs." -- Kelly M. Jordan, American Reference Books Annual 2000
"Cherepanov weaves a dramatic tale of fracture mechanics
narrated through articles and commentaries interspersed with some interesting historical, biographical and anecdotal information on people and events…Cherepanov's single volume 870-page encyclopaedia is like a bird's-eye view of the vast landscape of fracture mechanics. This encyclopaedia emanates a fresh and rich mathematical flavour of Soviet contributions to the subject making up nearly 40% of the pages." -- Current Science, Vol. 76, No. 11, June 10, 1999.