From Order to Chaos: Essays : Critical, Chaotic and Otherwise

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World Scientific, 1993 - Science - 555 pages
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This book is a compilation of the review papers, expositions and some of the technical works of Leo Kadanoff, a theoretical physicist. The objective is to put together a group of not-too-technical writing in which he discusses some issues in condensed matter physics, hydrodynamics, applied mathematics and national policy.The volume is divided into four sections. The first section contains review papers on hydrodynamics, condensed matter physics and field theory. Next is a selection of papers on scaling and universality, particularly as applied to phase changes. A change of pace is provided by a series of papers on the critical analysis of simulation models of urban economic and social development. The book concludes with a series of recent papers on turbulence and chaos. Each major section has an introduction designed to tie the work together and to provide perspective on the subject matter.
 

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Contents

The Worlds of Science
1
From Level to Level
7
The ElectronPhonon Interaction in Normal and Superconducting
64
Wave Function Fluctuations in Finite Superconductors 29
100
G Disorder Variables and ParaFermions in TwoDimensional
134
Pluses and Minuses 115
149
On the Joys of Creation
157
Scaling Laws for Ising Models Near Tc 22
165
An Examination
328
Public Policy Conclusions from Urban Growth Models 46
336
A Simulation Model of Urban Labor Markets
343
The Big the Bad and the Beautiful 127
378
Questions without Answers
385
Roads to Chaos 93
391
A View of Complexity in the Physical Sciences 113
399
Investigations of
430

Theory and Experiment 26
175
Transport Coefficients Near Critical Points 30
212
Critical Behavior Universality and Scaling 39
222
Scaling Universality and Operator Algebras 54
240
Teaching the Renormalization Group 62
274
Scaling and Universality in Statistical Physics 135
280
Models and Arguments
297
Results of a Forced
439
Wheres the Physics 110
454
Complex Analytic Methods for Viscous Flows in Two Dimensions 107
484
On Complexity 119
516
Turbulence dans une Boite 147
528
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