Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters and Complexity by James SethnaStatistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters and Complexity by James Sethna

Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters and Complexity

byJames Sethna

Paperback | April 19, 2006

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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 methodsare 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 findfascinating 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.
Prof. James P. Sethna is Professor of Physics, Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
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Title:Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters and ComplexityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.85 inPublished:April 19, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198566778

ISBN - 13:9780198566779

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Table of Contents

1. What is Statistical Mechanics?2. Random walks and emergent properties3. Temperature and equilibrium4. Phase-space dynamics and ergodicity5. Entropy6. Free Energies7. Quantum statistical mechanics8. Calculation and computation9. Order parameters, broken symmetry, and topology10. Correlations, response, and dissipation11. Abrupt phase transitions12. Continuous phase transitionsAppendix: Fourier methods

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`An extremely intelligent and elegant introduction to fundamental concepts, well suited for the beginning graduate level.'William Gelbart, University of California at Los Angeles