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    Soft Condensed Matter (Oxford Master Series in Condensed Matter Physics) (Paperback) By (author) Richard A.L. Jones

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    DescriptionThe physics of soft condensed matter is probably one of the most 'fashionable' areas in the physical sciences today. This book offers a coherent and clear introduction to the properties and behaviour of soft matter. It begins with a treatment of the general underlying principles: the relation of the structure and dynamics of solids and liquids to intermolecular forces, the thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transitions, and the principles of self-assembly. Then the specific properties of colloids, polymers, liquid crystals and self-assembling amphiphilic systems are treated within this framework. A concluding chapter illustrates how principles of soft matter physics can be used to understand properties of biological systems. The focus on the essentials and the straightforward approach make the book suitable for students with either a theoretical or an experimental bias. The level is appropriate for final year undergraduates and beginning graduate students in physics, chemistry, materials science, and chemical engineering.

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    Soft Condensed Matter
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard A.L. Jones
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 188 mm
    Height: 244 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 400 g
    ISBN 13: 9780198505891
    ISBN 10: 0198505892

    BIC E4L: SCI
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16100
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.4
    BISAC V2.8: TEC021000
    BIC subject category V2: TGM, PHFC
    BISAC V2.8: SCI055000
    DC22: 530.41
    BISAC V2.8: SCI013050
    BIC subject category V2: PNR
    BISAC V2.8: SCI077000
    DC21: 530.41
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: TGM, PNR, PHFC
    Illustrations note
    numerous figures and halftones
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    29 August 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Prof. Richard A.L. Jones, University of Sheffield, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Hicks Building, Hounsfield Road, Sheffield S3 7RH, Tel.: 0114/2224530, Fax: 0114/2728079, Email: r.a.l.jones@sheffield.ac.uk
    Review quote
    ... it will be an asset to my reference bookshelf. Contemporary Physics ... well structured ... The author is a highly able physicist and this high level of understanding of the basis of the subject matter is reflected in the clear explanations given in turn to each section of this subject area. Contemporary Physics ... an excellent introduction to the topic ... suitable for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students of physics, chemistry, materials science and chemical engineering. Zeitschrift fur Kristallographie I found myself reading it from cover to cover. The equations were explained, the modifications to the theories that brought them into line with real life were outlined, and there wasn't even all that much maths that I could skip. Maybe the physics has moved on or maybe Richard Jones has simply presented it more clearly and relevantly. Chemistry in Britain
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction and overview ; 2. Forces, energies and timescales in condensed matter ; 3. Phase transitions ; 4. Colloidal dispersions ; 5. Polymers ; 6. Gelation ; 7. Molecular order on soft condensed matter - liquid crystallinity ; 8. Molecular order in soft condensed matter - crystallinity in polymers ; 9. Supramolecular self-assembly in soft condensed matter ; 10. Soft matter in nature ; A. Some results from statistical mechanics ; B. The distribution function on an ideal random walk ; Bibliography