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Statistical Mechanics of Disordered Systems: A Mathematical Perspective

Statistical Mechanics of Disordered Systems: A Mathematical Perspective

Hardback Cambridge Series in Statistical and Probabilistic Mathematic

By (author) Anton Bovier, Series edited by R. Gill, Series edited by Brian D. Ripley, Series edited by S. Ross, Series edited by B.W. Silverman, Series edited by M. Stein

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Hardback | 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 174mm x 250mm x 22mm | 780g
  • Publication date: 30 June 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521849918
  • ISBN 13: 9780521849913
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 30 figures

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First published in 2006, this self-contained book is a graduate-level introduction for mathematicians and for physicists interested in the mathematical foundations of the field, and can be used as a textbook for a two-semester course on mathematical statistical mechanics. It assumes only basic knowledge of classical physics and, on the mathematics side, a good working knowledge of graduate-level probability theory. The book starts with a concise introduction to statistical mechanics, proceeds to disordered lattice spin systems, and concludes with a presentation of the latest developments in the mathematical understanding of mean-field spin glass models. In particular, progress towards a rigorous understanding of the replica symmetry-breaking solutions of the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick spin glass models, due to Guerra, Aizenman-Sims-Starr and Talagrand, is reviewed in some detail.

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Professor Bovier is an active researcher, having published over 90 scientific papers, and is a frequently invited speaker at international meetings on probability and mathematics.

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'... a graduate-level introduction for mathematicians and physicists in the mathematical foundations of the field, and can be used as a textbook for a two-semester course on mathematical statistical mechanics. It assumes only some basic knowledge of classical physics; on the mathematics side, the reader should have a good working knowledge of graduate level probability theory.' L'enseignement mathematique 'Bovier's book contains a huge amount of material on statistical mechanics of disordered systems, arranged in a coherent way. The results are fascinating and the mathematics beautiful and deep. The wealth of ideas is enormous. This book constitutes a very complete and comprehensive treatise on the analysis of disordered systems. It is an indispensable reference in the field and it is suitable as well for advanced graduate courses. There is no doubt that this book will be influential.' MathSciNet '...the value and usefulness of the book by A. Bovier for anyone interested in the rigourous theory of disordered (spin) systems can be hardly overestimated.' Journal of Statistical Physics

Table of contents

Preface; Part I. Statistical Mechanics: 1. Introduction; 2. Principles of statistical mechanics; 3. Lattice gases and spin systems; 4. Gibbsian formalism; 5. Cluster expansions; Part II. Disordered Systems: Lattice Models: 6. Gibbsian formalism and metastates; 7. The random field Ising model; Part III: Disordered Systems: Mean Field Models: 8. Disordered mean field models; 9. The random energy model; 10. Derrida's generalised random energy models; 11. The SK models and the Parisi solution; 12. Hopfield models; 13. The number partitioning problem; Bibliography; Index of notation; Index.