Statistical Mechanics: Algorithms And Computations

Paperback | September 22, 2006

byWerner Krauth

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This book discusses the computational approach in modern statistical physics in a clear yet accessible way, and works out its intimate relations with other approaches in theoretical physics. Individual chapters focus on subjects as diverse as the hard sphere liquid, classical spin models,single quantum particles and Bose-Einstein condensation. They contain in-depth discussions of algorithms ranging from basic enumeration methods to modern Monte Carlo techniques. The emphasis is on orientation. Discussions of implementation details are kept to a minimum. The book heavily relies on illustrations, tables and concise printed algorithms to convey key information: all the material remains easily accessible. The book is fully self-contained: graphs and tables can be readily reproduced by programming at most a few dozen lines of computer code. Mostsections lead from an elementary discussion to the rich and difficult problems of contemporary computational and statistical physics, and will be of interest to a wide range of students, teachers and researchers in physics and the neighboring sciences. An accompanying CD allows to incorporate thelayout material (illustrations, tables, schematic programs) into the reader's own presentations.

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This book discusses the computational approach in modern statistical physics in a clear yet accessible way, and works out its intimate relations with other approaches in theoretical physics. Individual chapters focus on subjects as diverse as the hard sphere liquid, classical spin models,single quantum particles and Bose-Einstein conde...

Werner Krauth is Professor of Physics at the Laboratoire de Physique Statistique, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, and Director of Research at the CNRS, France.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.71 inPublished:September 22, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198515367

ISBN - 13:9780198515364

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Table of Contents

1. Monte Carlo Methods2. Hard Disks and Spheres3. Density Matrices and Path Integrals4. The Bose Gas5. Order and Disorder in Spin Systems6. Entropic Forces7. Dynamic Monte-Carlo Methods

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`... timely and fascinating, ... with a very attractive focus on the structure and efficiency of algorithms.'Paul Goldbart, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign