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Statistical mechanics : entropy, order parameters, and complexity

Author: James P Sethna
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2007, ©2006.
Series: Oxford master series in statistical, computational, and theoretical physics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Repr. with correctionsView all editions and formats
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Sethna's book distills the core ideas of statistical mechanics to make room for new advances important to information theory, complexity, and modern biology. Aimed at advanced undergraduates and  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James P Sethna
ISBN: 9780198566762 019856676X 0198566778 9780198566779
OCLC Number: 137241594
Description: xix, 349 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: What is statistical mechanics? --
Random walks with emergent properties. --
Temperature and equilibrium. --
Phase-space dynamics and ergodicity. --
Entropy. --
Free energies. --
Quantum statistical mechanics. --
Calculation and computation. --
Order parameters, broken symmetry, and topology. --
Correlations, response, and dissipation. --
Abrupt phase transitions. --
Continuous phase transitions. --
Appendix: Fourier methods.
Series Title: Oxford master series in statistical, computational, and theoretical physics.
Other Titles: Entropy, order parameters, and complexity
Responsibility: James P. Sethna.

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