During his distinguished scientific career, Alfred Saupe made important contributions to liquid crystal research, laying the groundwork on which much of the current knowledge and research in the physics of liquid crystals is based. This volume features papers presented by Prof. Saupe's colleagues, students and friends at a festschrift in honor of his 70th birthday. In addition, a selection of Prof. Saupe's articles are reprinted in the original German and in English translation, offering the reader a unique opportunity to see both the early work of this important scientist and widespread effect of that work on later discoveries in liquid crystal physics.
1. Orientational Order in Nematics: Experiment, Theory and Simulation 2. Influence of Cholesteric Solvents on the Kinetics of Schiff Base Formation from Enantiomeric Amines 3. SMECTICS/AC: Critical behavior at the Smectic-A to Nematic Transition of Confined Liquid Crystal Mixtures 4. Macrostructures in Smectic Liquid Crystals 5. LCs AND POLYMERS: Freedericksz Transition Measurements on Polymer-Stabilized Liquid Crystal 6. Wavelength Selection in Slowly Quenched Systems 7. Selected Papers of Alfred Saupe 8. Electrically Induced Flows in Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals Films 9. CHOLESTERICS/BLUE PHASES: Flexoelectric Induced Vanishing of the Cholesteric Helix 10. HELIELECTRICS: FERRO/ANTIFERRO: A Pictorial Approach to Helical 11. NEMATICS: On the Role of Spherical Symmetry in the Maier-Saupe Theory 13. Dynamics of Giant Vesicles