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Soft Matter Physics: An Introduction (Partially Ordered Systems) Hardcover – October 1, 2002

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ISBN-13: 978-0387952673 ISBN-10: 0387952675 Edition: 2003rd

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"This book is an attempt to show the unity of soft matter systems. … It is noteworthy that the authors have emphasized and discussed in detail that the order parameter has two characteristics: an amplitude and a phase (also called a degeneracy parameter). … This book gives the conceptual means to classify the various types of singularities of an ordered medium. … This book will be very useful for researchers and postgraduate students." (K. M. Salikhov, Applied Magnetic Resonance, Vol. 27 (3-4), 2004)

"This monography on soft condensed matter originates from a series of lectures given by the authors … . The book is clearly written by two world leading experts of the field, it is an excellent basis for a third cycle course on the physics of liquid crystals. The bibliography is up-to-date and a list of valuable interesting references is added. … this book presents in a condensed but clear way many facets of a very rich and fascinating field. We recommend it … ." (Jean-Pierre Gaspard, Physicalia, Vol. 26 (1), 2004)


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Product Details

  • Series: Partially Ordered Systems
  • Hardcover: 637 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2003 edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387952675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387952673
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,660,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vivek Sharma VINE VOICE on March 24, 2006
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Soft Matter Physics by Oleg and Maurice presents a very comprehensive account of the fundamental principles critical to understanding the phase behavior, disinclinations, defects, elasticity and dynamics of anisotropic phases. The material covered will be of interest to everyone even remotely connected with the study of liquid crystals.

The discussions are fairly recent, and the emphasis is on leading the reader through nearly every aspect of liquid crystal behavior, explained through a rich collection of equations, diagrams and analogies. A good understanding of this matter automatically leads to understanding of the other soft materials like colloids and polymers, that are discussed in last two chapters of the book. This book is uniquely useful in the detailed discussion of nematodynamics, elasticity of mesomorphic phases, dynamics of defects and disinclinations, liquid crystal order and phase transitions, fractals and growth phenomenon, drops of anistropic fluids: the insight offered for these topics makes it a must buy for the graduate students and scientists fascinated by LC phases.

One may wish to start with P. J. Collins to appreciate the beautiful science of liquid crystals, (its a book without equations), follow it up with this treatise to comprehend the mathematical details of phenomenon, then delve into the classic by de Gennes to learn the concepts from the master, and I guess finish off with Chaikin and Lubensky to become an expert in aspects related to liquid crystalline phases.
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