Item description for Condensed Matter Physics: Crystals, Liquids, Liquid Crystals, and Polymers by S.P. Brown Gert Strobl...
Derived from lecturesat the University of Freiburg, this textbook introducessolid-state physics as well as the physics of liquids, liquid crystals and polymers. The fivechapters deal with thekey characteristicsof condensed matter: structures, susceptibilities, molecular fields, currents, and dynamics. The author strives topresent and explain coherentlythe terms and concepts associated with the main properties and characteristics of condensed matter, while minimizingattention toextraneousdetails. As a result, this text providesthefirm and broadbasis ofunderstanding thatreaders requirefor further study and research.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.24" Width: 6.32" Height: 0.6" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Sep 29, 2003
ISBN 3540003533 ISBN13 9783540003533
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Learning by analogies! Sep 11, 2006
Gert Strobl provides a comprehensive and coherent presention of ideas on structure, susceptibilities, molecular fields and phase transitions, charge and currents and on dynamics of condensed matter physics. Like the text by Chaikin and Lubensky, this text best serves the interests of Physicists, though Strobl manages to present things more simply. This also means it is less exhaustive, and less mathematically intensive. What is most remarkable about the book is the way it allows the reader to make connections between the behavior of liquids, crystals, polymers and liquid crystals.
The analogies between these seemingly distinct classes of matter are extremely insightful. Each chapter selectively treats one aspect of condensed matter, say like chapter on phase transitions or on moduli and susceptibility brings out the role of underlying structure in determining the response of a range of materials. This is one of the very few books on condensed matter that talk about charges and currents, and solid state physics in the same vein as polymer and liquid crystal physics. Though the conductivity in polymers is not covered, the basics discussed would be helpful to reader in making meaningful analogies.
The greatest utility of the book is that it can act as a bridge that a physicist or a theorist can use to learn about other areas of condensed matter and how his understanding translates to other systems. For an experimentalist or an engineer the description allows him to learn the language that his peers doing theory or working in related topics, different materials speak in. While I will prefer the text by Daoud and Williams as introductory text, and the one by Chaikin and Lubensky is unparalleled in its content, Strobl's book is a good treatise to be read on its own merit.