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Statistical Mechanics

Entropy, Order Parameters and Complexity

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Statistical Mechanics by James Sethna
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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.

Author Biography

Prof. James P. Sethna is Professor of Physics, Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
Release date Australia
April 6th, 2006
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
210 line drawings
Imprint
Oxford University Press
Pages
384
Dimensions
189x247x22
ISBN-13
9780198566779
Product ID
1808388

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