Simple Views on Condensed Matter (3rd Edition) / Edition 3

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This volume is a selection of invaluable papers by P-G de Gennes - 1991 Nobel Prize winner in Physics - which have had a long-lasting impact on our understanding of condensed matter. Important ideas on polymers, liquid crystals and interfaces are described. The author has added some afterthoughts to the main papers (explaining their successes or weaknesses), and some current views on each special problem. The text is simple and easy to read.

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A collection on important papers by the winner of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Physics, focusing on his work in areas of solid state physics, liquid crystals, polymers, interfaces, wetting, and adhesion. Papers were originally written from the 1950s through the 1990s. Complex systems are explained without heavy calculations, using simple scaling laws as the main tool. Includes afterthoughts and current views on each special problem by the author. This edition contains more papers. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789812382788
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Series: Series in Modern Condensed Matter Physics
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the first edition
Foreword to the expanded edition
1 Sur un exemple de propagation dans un milieu desordonne 3
2 Effects of double exchange in magnetic crystals 13
3 Nuclear magnetic resonance modes in magnetic material. I. Theory 28
4 Onset of superconductivity in decreasing fields 39
5 Boundary effects in superconductors 43
6 Soluble model for fibrous structures with steric constraints 59
7 Conjectures sur l'etat smectique 62
8 Dynamics of fluctuations in nematic liquid crystals 70
9 Note on the dynamics of prenematic fluids 78
10 An analogy between superconductors and smectics A 81
11 Hydrodynamic properties of fluid lamellar phases of lipid/water 86
12 Quasi-elastic scattering of neutrons by dilute polymer solutions: I. Free-draining limit 111
13 Quasi-elastic scattering by dilute, ideal, polymer solutions: II. Effects of hydrodynamic interactions 120
14 Minimum number of aminoacids required to build up a specific receptor with a folded polypeptide chain 138
15 Reptation of a polymer chain in the presence of fixed obstacles 149
16 Coil-stretch transition of dilute flexible polymers under ultrahigh velocity gradients 158
17 Solutions of flexible polymers. Neutron experiments and interpretation
18 Theoretical methods of polymer statistics 187
19 Ecoulements viscometriques de polymeres enchevetres 203
20 Theory of long-range correlations in polymer melts 206
21 Tight knots 215
22 Viscosity at small scales in polymer melts 218
23 Un muscle artificiel semi-rapide 223
24 Weak segregation in molten statistical copolymers 230
25 Phenomenes aux parois dans un melange binaire critique 237
26 Suspensions colloidales dans une solution de polymeres 242
27 Conformations of polymers attached to an interface 245
28 Sur une regle de somme pour des chaines polymeriques semi-diluees pres d'une paroi 253
29 Microemulsions and the flexibility of oil/water interfaces 255
30 Transitions de monocouches a molecules polaires 266
31 Polymers at an interface; a simplified view 270
32 Shear-dependent slippage at a polymer/solid interface 292
33 Slippage of polymer melts on grafted surfaces 297
34 Injection threshold for a star polymer inside a nanopore 304
35 Injection threshold for a statistically branched polymer inside a nanopore 311
36 Mechanics of soft interfaces 315
37 Soft adhesives 323
38 Transient pores in stretched vesicles: role of leak-out 327
39 "Young" soap films 347
40 On fluid/wall slippage 351
41 Wetting: statics and dynamics 357
42 Dynamics of drying and film-thinnings 395
43 Tension superficielle des polymeres fondus 405
44 Etalement d'une goutte stratifiee incompressible 410
45 Dynamics of partial wetting 417
46 Fracture d'un adhesif faiblement reticule 431
47 Polymer-polymer welding and sliding 437
48 A model for contact angle hysteresis 457
49 Dynamics of wetting with nonideal surfaces. The single defect problem 468
50 Eponges-filantes 476
51 Shocks in an inertial dewetting process 482
52 Dewetting of a water film between a solid and a rubber 486
53 Some remarks on coalescence in emulsions of foams 491
54 Two remarks on wetting and emulsions 493
55 Adhesion induced by mobile binders: dynamics 497
56 Sur l'impossibilite de certaines syntheses asymetriques 505
57 Pierre Curie et le role de la symetrie dans les lois physiques 508
58 Discrimination chirale dans une monocouche de Langmuir 517
59 Reflections on the mechamics of granular matter 525
60 Effect of topographic convergence on erosion processes 553
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