Statistical Mechanics Entropy, Order Parameters and Complexity

ISBN-10: 0198566778
ISBN-13: 9780198566779
Edition: 2006
Authors: James P. Sethna
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Book details

List price: $65.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

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.

What is Statistical Mechanics?
Random Walks and Emergent Properties
Temperature and Equilibrium
Phase-space Dynamics and Ergodicity
Entropy
Free Energies
Quantum Statistical Mechanics
Calculation and Computation
Order Parameters, Broken Symmetry, and Topology
Correlations, Response, and Dissipation
Abrupt Phase Transitions
Continuous Phase Transitions
Appendix

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