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A Kinetic View of Statistical Physics Hardcover – December 27, 2010

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  • Hardcover: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (December 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521851033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521851039
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,904,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics has so many applications and is strewn with so many different tricks and treats that the only way to teach the subject is through examples. Krapivsky, Redner, and Ben-Naim have written a beautiful book that elegantly covers several of these examples, some classic, others at the boundaries of research. Their target readership is physicists and applied mathematicians, but includes computer scientists, biologists and engineers. Methinks that good students in economics would be well advised to read some chapters of this book, for I am convinced that several breakthroughs in their field will hinge upon concepts and methods from non-equilibrium statistical mechanics."
JP Bouchaud, Chairman of Capital Fund Management (Paris) and Statistical mechanics Professor at Ecole Polytechnique

"Our understanding of nonequilibrium statistical physics and complex systems has advanced at a rapid pace over the past decade, but so far there has been a lack of comprehensive textbooks suited to introduce graduate students into the field. This wonderful book fills this need in an admirable way. Written in the uniquely elegant and accessible style that also characterizes the authors' original scientific work, the book takes the reader gently from the most elementary concepts to the forefront of current research. The topics and their level of presentation are carefully chosen, and they are complemented by a large number of instructive exercises. A particularly nice feature is the highlighted boxes which introduce specific mathematical techniques where they are needed. I am certain that this book will be used as a standard text in graduate courses for a long time to come."
Joachim Krug, University of Cologne

"This is an excellent pedagogical introduction to a broad variety of modern topics in nonequilibrium statistical physics. It includes discussions on fundamental processes in nature such as diffusion, collision, aggregation and fragmentation but also covers applied topics such as population dynamics and evolution of networks. The text is lucid with plenty of examples and excercises---a must read for a graduate student wanting to work in this area."
Satya Majumdar, CNRS, Université de Paris-Sud

"The solutions and the scaling estimates presented are beautiful. They show the reader how much, contrary to everyday wisdom, can be done without computers but just with a pen, a sheet of paper and a bit of human brain power."
Alexander Orlov, Mathematical Reviews

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Aimed at graduate students, this book explores some of the core phenomena in non-equilibrium statistical physics. It focuses on the development and application of theoretical methods to help students develop problem-solving skills, and contains 200 exercises. Solutions to some exercises can be found at www.cambridge.org/9780521851039.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. A. Schoenagel on January 1, 2014
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Of late, there has been a marked increase in the quantity and quality of textbooks expounding upon non-equilibrium phenomena.
The book under review is remarkable in both its breadth and depth. Although primarily aimed at graduate students, much can be gleaned by students whose preparation is upper undergraduate. Once again, I defer to the reviews of the text on its back-cover, as those reviews convey more than I can espouse: beautiful, admirable, accessible, lucid, uniquely elegant ! All truisms here.
This is an exciting excursion through any number of applications-oriented topics.The fun begins with chapter two, random walk and brownian movement. Kinetics and Boltzmann equations in the third chapter are exceptional in content and discourse. Use of Master Equations in chapter five also exemplary.Spin Dynamics is given lovely discussion in chapter eight. Many more fascinating methods and phenomena are amply treated in this timely discourse. Derivations are clearly elucidated.
There is no hesitation in recommending this outstanding textbook for coursework, for reference, or for enjoyment.
Bristling with exciting ideas and applications.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iaroslav Ispolatov on February 6, 2013
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Used about half of it to teach a 1-semester graduate course. Comprehensive, easy to follow, good examples and problems, reasonable price.
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