The reader will find answers to questions like:
* How many metal atoms must a particle have to exhibit metallic properties?
* How can the large specific surface of clusters and colloids be employed in catalysts?
* How can metal clusters be introduced into solid hosts?
* Which effects are responsible for the transition from isolated to condensed clusters?
The editor has succeeded in bringing the contributions of various authors together into a homogeneous, readable book, which will be useful for the academic and industrial reader alike.