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Structured Fluids: Polymers, Colloids, Surfactants [Paperback]

Thomas A. Witten , Philip A. Pincus
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March 12, 2010 019958382X 978-0199583829
Over the last thirty years, the study of liquids containing polymers, surfactants, or colloidal particles has developed from a loose assembly of facts into a coherent discipline with substantial predictive power. These liquids expand our conception of what condensed matter can do. Such structured-fluid phenomena dominate the physical environment within living cells. This book teaches how to think of these fluids from a unified point of view showing the far-reaching effects of thermal fluctuations in producing forces and motions. Keeping mathematics to a minimum, the book seeks the simplest explanations that account for the distinctive scaling properties of these fluids. An example is the growth of viscosity of a polymer solution as the cube of the molecular weight of the constituent polymers. Another is the hydrodynamic radius of a colloidal aggregate, which remains comparable to its geometrical radius even though the density of particles in the aggregate becomes arbitrarily small. The book aims for a simplicity, unity and depth not found in previous treatments, and includes numerous figures, tables and problems. It will be an ideal textbook for teaching undergraduates in physical science how to understand soft matter, but will also be of interest to industrial scientists, who want to gain a broader understanding of soft matter systems.

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"Tom Witten has written a splendid introduction to the subject, with three strong themes indicated by the subtitle....The text is elegantly laid out and well complemented by illustrations." --Europhysics News

"Keeping mathematics to a minimum, the book seeks the simplest explanations that account for the distinctive scaling properties of these fluids ... The book aims for simplicity, unity and depth not found in previous treatments and includes numerous figures, tables and problems. It will therefore be an ideal textbook for teaching undergraduates in physical science how to understand soft matter, but will also be of interest to industrial scientists, who want to gain a broader understanding of soft matter systems." --The DKI Literature Database on Polymers

".. the book is very readable, and it can be easily adapted for a one-semester or a one-quarter course ... Structured Fluids belongs on one's shelf beside recent works by Paul Chaikin and Tom Lubensky, Jacob Israelachvili, and Ronald Larson." --Science

About the Author

Thomas A. Witten was an assistant professor at the University of Michigan and a staff scientist at Exxon Research and Engineering before joining the University of Chicago in 1989 as a professor of physics.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (March 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019958382X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199583829
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 7.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lucid, intuitive text for Soft Matter enthusiasts! October 2, 2005
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Structured Fluids relies more on presenting the physical picture than mathematical machinery, stresses more on intuition and scaling concepts than on derivations and obstrusive pages of equations. In doing so, it makes itself easier to grasp than say the texts by Chaikin and Lubensky or for that matter by Kleman and Lavrentovich. The formalism is done with enough depth, to benefit both beginners and experts of the field, and thus the book is better suited for graduate student course than say RAL Jones or Hamley's texts.

The essential knowledge related to polymers, colloids and surfactants is in here, and the book is fairly upto date with recent advances in these areas. The references listed at the end of each chapter are most useful pointers for anyone who seeks to delve deeper into the mysteries of soft matter. In fact, reading this text reminds one of the style of de Gennes, and having been written in the same spirit by these very illustrous scientists, the book is comprehensive and erudite in content and presentation.

The book starts off by talking about fundamentals, including elements of statistical physics and experimental probes used to investigate the soft matter. This sets stage for discussion of various themes related to say

polymers, where random walk statistics capture essential physics required to describe a coil, scaling concepts and basic thermodynamics tells about coil dimensions in different solvents and extension of brownian dynamics explains mobility of chains. The corresponding experimental tools of light scattering and viscosity highlight how these can be measured.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and well written book March 11, 2013
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We use it for a soft matter physics class and I really love it.
This book has all the essence of soft material and I understand it!
I think it's a good textbook that I can say I enjoy reading it.
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