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Soft Condensed Matter : Oxford Master Series in Physics - Richard A.L. Jones

Soft Condensed Matter

Oxford Master Series in Physics

Hardcover Published: 1st May 2002
ISBN: 9780198505907
Number Of Pages: 208

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The physics of soft condensed matter is probably one of the most 'fashionable' areas in the physical sciences today. This book offers a coherent and clear introduction to the properties and behaviour of soft matter. It begins with a treatment of the general underlying principles: the relation of the structure and dynamics of solids and liquids to intermolecular forces, the thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transitions, and the principles of self-assembly. Then the specific properties of colloids, polymers, liquid crystals and self-assembling amphiphilic systems are treated within this framework. A concluding chapter illustrates how principles of soft matter physics can be used to understand properties of biological systems. The focus on the essentials and the straightforward approach make the book suitable for students with either a theoretical or an experimental bias. The level is appropriate for final year undergraduates and beginning graduate students in physics, chemistry, materials science, and chemical engineering.

... it will be an asset to my reference bookshelf. Contemporary Physics ... well structured ... The author is a highly able physicist and this high level of understanding of the basis of the subject matter is reflected in the clear explanations given in turn to each section of this subject area. Contemporary Physics I found myself reading it from cover to cover. The equations were explained, the modifications to the theories that brought them into line with real life were outlined, and there wasn"t even all that much maths that I could skip. Maybe the physics has moved on or maybe Richard Jones has simply presented it more clearly and relevantly. Chemistry in Britain ... an excellent book. It fulfils a very strong need for textbooks ... I would strongly recommend it Professor David Weitz, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA ... certainly satisfies the demand set by the whole series approach Dr. Eugene Terentjev, Cambridge University, UK

1: Introduction and overview 2: Forces, energies and timescales in condensed matter 3: Phase transitions 4: Colloidal dispersions 5: Polymers 6: Gelation 7: Molecular order om soft condensed matter - liquid crystallinity 8: Molecular order in soft condensed matter - crystallinity in polymers 9: Supramolecular self-assembly in soft condensed matter 10: Soft matter in nature A: Some results from statistical mechanics B: The distribution function on an ideal random walk Bibliography

ISBN: 9780198505907
ISBN-10: 0198505906
Series: Oxford Master Series in Physics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st May 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 19.5  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.62