There is no better source for acquiring understanding in this field than a study of the original articles themselves. Accordingly, 100 of the 2500 articles in the bibliography are singled out for special attention. Part II contains reprints of 35 articles on experimental aspects of cooperative phenomena near phase transitions. Some of these, such as Andrews' 1869 paper reporting the discovery of the critical point in carbon dioxide, are classic, while others are relatively recent. Theoretical articles in this field generally tend to be longer, and therefore the 65 theoretical articles chosen are represented by abstract only in Part III.
This book is designed to be of use to the teacher structuring a course on cooperative phenomena or statistical mechanics in general. It should also provide an invaluable reference to workers in the field.