Lectures on Phase Transitions and the Renormalization Group

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Westview Press, 1992 - Science - 394 pages
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Covering the elementary aspects of the physics of phases transitions and the renormalization group, this popular book is widely used both for core graduate statistical mechanics courses as well as for more specialized courses. Emphasizing understanding and clarity rather than technical manipulation, these lectures de-mystify the subject and show precisely "how things work." Goldenfeld keeps in mind a reader who wants to understand why things are done, what the results are, and what in principle can go wrong. The book reaches both experimentalists and theorists, students and even active researchers, and assumes only a prior knowledge of statistical mechanics at the introductory graduate level.Advanced, never-before-printed topics on the applications of renormalization group far from equilibrium and to partial differential equations add to the uniqueness of this book.
  

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I found this book to be the most readable explanation of RG theory. The extensively worked example cases and generous explanations distinguish this book from other similar books. Highly recommended. Read full review

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a good book, at the introductory level, especially the balance between what should be worked out in the text and what should be left to the readers is very good. The exercises are quite nice, the ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
How Phase Transitions Occur In Principle
23
How Phase Transitions Occur in Practice
85
Critical Phenomena in Fluids
117
Landau Theory
135
Fluctuations and the Breakdown
167
Exercises
185
Anomalous Dimensions 189
189
Scaling in Static Dynamic and NonEquilibrium
201
The Renormalisation Group
229
Anomalous Dimensions Far From Equilibrium
287
Continuous Symmetry
335
Critical Phenomena Near Four Dimensions
351
Index
389
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Nigel Goldenfeld is Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (U.K.) in 1982, and for the years 1982-1985 was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California at Santa Barbara. He is a University Scholar of the University of Illinois, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a recipient of the Xerox Award for research, a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance, and was an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow from 1987-1991. David Pines is research professor of physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has made pioneering contributions to an understanding of many-body problems in condensed matter and nuclear physics, and to theoretical astrophysics. editor of Perseus' Frontiers in Physics series and former editor of American Physical Society's Reviews of Modern Physics, Dr. Pines is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, a foreign member of the USSR Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Pines has received a number of awards, including the Eugene Feenberg Memorial Medal for Contributions to Many-Body Theory; the P.A.M. Dirac Silver Medal for the Advancement of Theoretical Physics; and the Friemann Prize in Condensed Matter Physics.

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