Geometry and Topology in Hamiltonian Dynamics and Statistical Mechanics

November 23, 2010|
Geometry and Topology in Hamiltonian Dynamics and Statistical Mechanics by Marco Pettini
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Itisaspecialpleasureformetowritethisforewordforaremarkablebookbya remarkableauthor.MarcoPettiniisadeepthinker,whohasspentmanyyears probing the foundations of Hamiltonian chaos and statistical mechanics, in particular phase transitions, from the point of view of geometry and topology. Itisinparticularthequalityofmindoftheauthorandhisdeepphysical,as well as mathematical insights which make this book so special and inspiring. It is a "must" for those who want to venture into a new approach to old problems or want to use new tools for new problems. Although topology has penetrated a number of ?elds of physics, a broad participationoftopologyintheclari?cationandprogressoffundamentalpr- lems in the above-mentioned ?elds has been lacking. The new perspectives topology gives to the above-mentioned problems are bound to help in their clari?cation and to spread to other ?elds of science. The sparsity of geometric thinking and of its use to solve fundamental problems, when compared with purely analytical methods in physics, could be relieved and made highly productive using the material discussed in this book. It is unavoidable that the physicist reader may have then to learn some new mathematics and be challenged to a new way of thinking, but with the author as a guide, he is assured of the best help in achieving this that is presently available.
The author is one of few pioneering individuals in this recently emerged important research area. His book will be a unique contribution to the field.
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Title:Geometry and Topology in Hamiltonian Dynamics and Statistical Mechanics
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:456 pages, 9.25 X 6.1 X 0 in
Shipping dimensions:456 pages, 9.25 X 6.1 X 0 in
Published:November 23, 2010
Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/Trade
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781441921642

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