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Polymer Physics (Chemistry) [Hardcover]

M. Rubinstein , Ralph H. Colby
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June 26, 2003 019852059X 978-0198520597 1
Polymer Physics thoroughly details the fundamental concepts of polymer melts, solutions, and gels in terms of both static structure and dynamics. It goes beyond other introductory polymer texts, deriving the essential tools of the physical polymer chemist or engineer without skipping any steps.

The book is divided into four parts. Part One summarizes the necessary concepts of a first course on polymers and covers the conformations of single polymer chains. Part Two deals with the thermodynamics of polymer solutions and melts, including chain conformations in those states. Part Three applies the concepts of Part Two to the formation and properties of polymer networks. Part Four explains the essential aspects of how polymers move in both melt and solution states.

The text assumes a working knowledge of calculus, physics, and chemistry, but no prior knowledge of polymers. It is ideal for upper-level undergraduate and first-year graduate courses in Condensed Matter Physics, Soft Materials, and Polymers.


·Presents established results in an easily accessible way

·Emphasizes physical insight rather than mathematical rigor

·Provides detailed experimental sections at the end of each chapter

·Includes more than 200 illustrations and 350 exercises

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Editorial Reviews


"...the book being reviewed is simply great. Judging by its clear style, its selection of topics, or its self contained material, it is an extremely well thought out, thorough, and compeltely laudable book in every way...This is a book worth reading."--Journal of Statistical Physics

About the Author

Professor Michael Rubinstein Dept of Chemistry University of North Carolina

Product Details

  • Series: Chemistry
  • Hardcover: 454 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (June 26, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019852059X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198520597
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 7.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Current and comprehensive textbook November 7, 2007
Polymer Physics by Michael Rubinstein and Raplh Colby is a fascinating introduction to the realm of polymer statics, dynamics and phase behavior. It embodies the depth of Flory's classic text on Principals of Polymer Chemistry, classic delight of de Gennes' Scaling concepts in Polymers and the rigor of Theory of Polymer Dynamics by Doi and Edwards. The authors manage to do this with a textbook authority and clarity, which definitely makes this book a definite buy for anyone interested in polymer physics.

The book has four main sections. The first part talks about the polymer statics: ideal and real chains and how their size and size dependent properties are characterized. Then comes thermodynamics of polymer blends and solutions, which includes a discussion on polymer brushes and adsorption of chains. The authors devote the third section to networks and gels and this part includes a very thorough discussion of gelation, rubber elasticity and swelling. The last section is devoted to the polymer dyanmics, where chain models and polymer relaxation ideas are developed and discussed. The last two sections of the book cover topics which are of immense current interest, and have had original and critical contributions from the authors. Most highly recommended, both for beginners and for experts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed but Still Clear January 9, 2007
I am a Chemist working on applied R&D in the oil refining industry. I bought this text as I needed a good understanding on polymer containing fluids (viscosity, solutions behavior). It is very well written and quite detailed. It is not the sort of text that tries to introduce excessive and not useful mathematical details but is anyway very accurate. I advice it also for professionals
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars valuable August 20, 2008
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The book is an excellent introduction to statistical polymer physics.
Its great strength is that it offers a mathematical treatment of polymer
physics with a minimum of mathematics i.e. only dimensional analysis and simple
ordinary differential equations. In addition, one needs to have an introductory
course in equilibrium statistical physics (statistical thermodynamics).

It is valuable to both academics and industrial practitioners, since it represents
a very complete picture of polymeric solutions, gels and networks
given with remarkable intuition. Certainly it does not go deep into
more advanced analytic (e.g. functional integral or numerical approaches),
but it is a necessary background to these fields. Recently, there has been
renewed interest for the development of relativistic Brownian dynamics.
This text is a must read for those working in the latter field and seek
a deep background in the classical theory.

The only negative aspect of this book has nothing to do with the authors,
but with OUP that produce such difficult to use book formats. I do not
understand why the book has to be so large in dimensions making any
handling difficult and awkward. I hope that soon is reissued in a more
compact and usable format that is made for the joy of reading. In this respect,
it must be noted that the actual book producer (Antony Rowe Ltd) did a
VERY poor job and my book disintegrated within a few months. OUP seems on the
way of no return (e-books).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
From the equations of Flory-Huggins to the fractal nature of polymer confirmations, this book covers everything you need to know about the physical nature of polymers.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Polymer Physics Bible... January 24, 2007
As a polymer physicist, among other things (mechanical engineer/tribologist) I can tell you that this is must for anybody trying to understand polymer physics. Whether you are a scientist or worked in applied sciences (engineering) this will make a great text book and reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book on polymer physics June 14, 2013
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I am still working through the whole book but already love it. It explains things in a super clear way (from a physical point of view).
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