Statistical Mechanics

Statistical Mechanics : Entropy, Order Parameters and Complexity

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 189 x 247 x 22mm | 722g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 210 line drawings
  • 0198566778
  • 9780198566779
  • 281,322

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Since the book treats intersections of mathematics, biology, engineering, computer science and social sciences, it will be of a great help to researchers in these fields in making statistical mechanics useful and comprehensible. At the same time, the book will enrich the subject for researchers-physicists who'd like to apply their skills in other disciplines. * Olga K. Dudko, Journal of Statistical Physics, Vol 126 * The author's style, although quite concentrated, is simple to understand, and has many lovely visual examples to accompany formal ideas and concepts, which makes the exposition live and intuitvely appealing. * Olga K. Dudko, Journal of Statistical Physics, Vol 126 *
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About James Sethna

Prof. James P. Sethna is Professor of Physics, Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
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