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Scaling Concepts in Polymer Physics [Hardcover]

Pierre-Gilles Gennes
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November 30, 1979 080141203X 978-0801412035 1
The first stage of the physics of long, flexible chains was pioneered by eminent scientists such as Debye, Kuhn, Kramers, and Flory, who formulated the basic ideas. In recent years, because of the availability of new experimental and theoretical tools, a second stage of the physics of polymers has evolved. In this book, a noted physicist explains the radical changes that have taken place in this exciting and rapidly developing field.Pierre-Gilles de Gennes points out the three developments that have been essential for recent advances in the study of large-scale conformations and motions of flexible polymers in solutions and melts. They are the advent of neutron-scattering experiments on selectively deuterated molecules; the availability of inelastic scattering of laser light, which allows us to study the cooperative motions of the chains; and the discovery of an important relationship between polymer statistics and critical phenomena, leading to many simple scaling laws.Until now, information relating to these advances has not been readily accessible to physical chemists and polymer scientists because of the difficulties in the new theoretical language that has come into use. Professor de Gennes bridges this gap by presenting scaling concepts in terms that will be understandable to students in chemistry and engineering as well as in physics.

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  • Hardcover: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (November 30, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080141203X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801412035
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,147,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent treatise on scaling concepts! May 3, 2003
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de Gennes is one of the most eminent polymer physicists of our times, and this book is perhaps the most significant book in polymer physics. All books by this author are treasures of knowledge, concepts introduced in simple, yet elegant way. A must read for anyone who wishes to appreciate the structure and dynamics of polymeric materials!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A whole other kind of theoretical physics November 19, 2011
If I differ with the other reviews on this page, it's only about whether to think of this book as limited to polymer physics. The conventional wisdom today is to equate theoretical physics with string theory, just as a generation ago it was equated to particle physics. The conventional wisdom is wrong, as usual. This book is an elegant instance of theoretical physics. Sure, it's applied to the somewhat practical field of polymers, in which moreover one can do experiments (unlike string theory) that don't require acts of Congress to fund (unlike particle physics). But don't let that fool you -- it's theoretical physics at its most imaginative and aesthetically pleasing. Scaling arguments might seem pretty common today, but De Gennes was ahead of the curve, and the tools he needed were very modest. Seeing how he thought about the problem is what makes reading this book more than just reading a book about polymers. He later extended this brilliant theoretical re-envisioning to things like liquid crystals, granular matter, splashes, and drying drops of water (having earlier been interested in magnetism and superconductivity). If more aspiring theoreticians were to encounter this book as undergrads or as young grad students, they might realize that there's plenty of intellectual fun to be had on earth, and not just on 6-dimensional Calabi-Yau manifolds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must ! September 17, 2007
The late professor de Gennes was frequently described as a modern Newton. While the comparison is surely ill-grounded, de Gennes has a premium place in the pantheon of Physics for his far-fetched contributions to so many areas of physics (ranging from superconductors, to biology, and, of course, gels and polymer physics).
In the introduction to his book, Prof. de Gennes clearly states that he wrote it with the theoretically-oriented scientist as well as the experimentalist in mind. Indeed, the book was written at a time the subject was rocketting and developping at a brisk pace ; de Gennes' aim through this work was to make the many results obtained and their various theoretical interpretations available to the guys who, in the end, made all this progress possible.
Note that the book was The one to learn all that stuff, as polymer physics had a great deal flourished with the work of a group of French scientists (at the CEA lab).
The sections of this book summarize the properties of polymers and the models that were devised to explain those.
The final chapter is on the renormalization group.
On the whole, the book is indeed also a great introduction to general methods in soft condensed matter (random-walk, a little field theory, phase diagrams, and so on).
Needless to say, it has also become a classic in polymer science.
Rightly so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite textbooks February 11, 2013
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I discovered this text my senior year of college, and I just purchased a personal copy now that I'm starting my graduate work. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in polymer physics.
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