Second Edition
James P. Sethna
26 January 2021
ISBN: 9780198865247
496 pages
Hardback
246x189mm
In Stock
Oxford Master Series in Physics
Price: £65.00A new and updated edition of the successful Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters and Complexity from 2006. Statistical mechanics is a core topic in modern physics. Innovative, fresh introduction to the broad range of topics of statistical mechanics today, by brilliant teacher and renowned researcher.
A new and updated edition of the successful Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters and Complexity from 2006. Statistical mechanics is a core topic in modern physics. Innovative, fresh introduction to the broad range of topics of statistical mechanics today, by brilliant teacher and renowned researcher.
New to this edition
James P. Sethna, Professor of Physics, Cornell University
James P. Sethna is professor of physics at Cornell University. Sethna has used statistical mechanics to make substantive contributions in a bewildering variety of subjects — mathematics (dynamical systems and the onset of chaos), engineering (microstructure, plasticity, and fracture), statistics (information geometry, sloppy models, low-dimensional embeddings), materials science (glasses and spin glasses, liquid crystals, crackling noise, superconductivity), and popular culture (mosh pit dynamics and zombie outbreak epidemiology). He has collected cool, illustrative problems from students and colleagues over the decades, which inspired this textbook.
"Review from previous edition Since the book treats intersections of mathematics, biology, engineering, computer science and social sciences, it will be of 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 physicists who'd like to apply their skills in other disciplines. [...] 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
"Sethna's book provides an important service to students who want to learn modern statistical mechanics. The text teaches students how to work out problems by guiding them through the exercises rather than by presenting them with worked-out examples. " - Susan Coppersmith, Physics Today, May 2007
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