Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters and Complexity / Edition 1

Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters and Complexity / Edition 1

by James P. Sethna
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0198566778

ISBN-13: 9780198566779

Pub. Date: 04/30/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In each generation, scientists must redefine their fields: abstracting, simplifying and distilling the previous standard topics to make room for new advances and methods. Sethna's book takes this step for statistical mechanics—a field rooted in physics and chemistry whose ideas and methods are now central to information theory, complexity, and modern

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In each generation, scientists must redefine their fields: abstracting, simplifying and distilling the previous standard topics to make room for new advances and methods. Sethna's book takes this step for statistical mechanics—a field rooted in physics and chemistry whose ideas and methods are now central to information theory, complexity, and modern biology. Aimed at advanced undergraduates and early graduate students in all of these fields, Sethna limits his main presentation to the topics that future mathematicians and biologists, as well as physicists and chemists, will find fascinating and central to their work. The amazing breadth of the field is reflected in the author's large supply of carefully crafted exercises, each an introduction to a whole field of study: everything from chaos through information theory to life at the end of the universe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198566779
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/30/2006
Series:
Oxford Master Series in Physics Series, #14
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Sales rank:
1,281,568
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1. What is Statistical Mechanics?
2. Random Walks and Emergent Properties
3. Temperature and Equilibrium
4. Phase-space Dynamics and Ergodicity
5. Entropy
6. Free Energies
7. Quantum Statistical Mechanics
8. Calculation and Computation
9. Order Parameters, Broken Symmetry, and Topology
10. Correlations, Response, and Dissipation
11. Abrupt Phase Transitions
12. Continuous Phase Transitions
Appendix

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