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Contents Applied Mechanics & Fluid Dynamics ..................3 Astronomy & Astrophysics ....................................4 Biophysics ..............................................................5 General & Introductory Physics ............................7 Page 7

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Applied Mechanics & Fluid Dynamics New!

Physics of Continuous Matter Exotic and Everyday Phenomena in the Macroscopic World, Second Edition Benny Lautrup The Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark

Praise for the First Edition “… A good introductory course could be based on this material. … This is an excellent text, which ought to inspire students and teachers alike with the richness of behaviour that is contained within a few continuum equations …” —Tony Harker, Physical Sciences Educational Reviews, May 2006

“… a superb text on continuum theory and applications with absolutely outstanding graphics. …” —Richard Lovelace, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

Read more reviews at CRC Press Online This textbook provides a unified and comprehensive introduction to continuum mechanics from a modern perspective. Along with updated problems and solutions, this second edition includes two new chapters on large amplitude surface waves and aerodynamic theory. The online materials, including Mathematica® programs, images, and additional problems, have also been updated.


Applied Mechanics of Solids Allan F. Bower Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

“It’s an impressive piece of work. It covers an immense amount of material and is well written.” —James R. Barber, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

“This book is great for materials science and engineering students who are interested in both classic and state-of-the-art materials research. With both in-depth discussion and authoritative summary, it will be widely used in teaching and research in theoretical and computational mechanics of materials.” —Yanfei Gao, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA

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Features • Introduces concepts, analytical techniques, and numerical methods used to analyze deformation, stress, and failure in materials or components • Discusses the use of finite element software for stress analysis • Assesses simple analytical solutions to explain how to set up properly posed boundary and initial value problems • Provides an understanding of algorithms implemented in software code

Continuous Matter. Space and Time. Gravity. Pressure. Buoyancy. Planets and Stars. Hydrostatic Shapes. Surface Tension. Stress. Strain. Linear Elasticity. Solids at Rest. Computational Elastostatics. Elastic Vibrations. Fluids in Motion. Nearly Ideal Flow. Viscosity. Plates and Pipes. Creeping Flow. Rotating Fluids. Computational Fluid Dynamics. Global Laws of Balance. Reaction Forces and Moments. Small-Amplitude Surface Waves. LargeAmplitude Waves. Jumps and Shocks. Whirls and Vortices. Lubrication. Boundary Layers. Subsonic Flight. Aerodynamic Theory. Heat. Convection. Turbulence.

• Offers problem sets and sample code on the author’s website

Catalog no. C7007, March 2011, c. 696 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-7700-1, $79.95

Catalog no. K10131, 2010, 820 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-0247-2, $89.95

Contents Overview of Solid Mechanics. Governing Equations. Constitutive Equations: Relations between Stress and Strain. Simple Boundary and Initial Value Problems. Solutions for Linear Elastic Solids. Solutions for Plastic Solids. Finite Element Analysis: An Introduction . Finite Element Analysis: Theory and Implementation. Modeling Material Failure. Solutions for Rods, Beams, Membranes, Plates and Shells. Appendices.

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Astronomy & Astrophysics


An Introduction to Planetary Atmospheres Agustin Sanchez-Lavega University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain

“This comprehensive textbook on planetary atmospheres is versatile and well organized, with an exposition that is sensitive to different audiences and equally at ease explaining the chemical, dynamical, and empirical foundations of this multidisciplinary field. …” —Timothy E. Dowling, University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA

“… Finally, instructors and students have a book with in-depth coverage of a wide range of topics, from atmospheric radiation to clouds and dynamics on all the relevant planets of the solar system. …” —David Catling, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Providing a much-needed resource for this crossdisciplinary field, this text presents current knowledge on atmospheres and the fundamental mechanisms operating on them. With many interesting real-world examples, the book offers a unified vision of the chemical and physical processes occurring in planetary atmospheres. It includes end-of-chapter exercises with solutions and offers ancillaries on the author’s website.

Contents Introduction to Planets and Planetary Systems. Origin and Evolution of Planetary Atmospheres. Spectroscopy and Composition. Vertical Temperature Structure. Clouds in Planets. Upper and Tenuous Atmospheres. Global Atmospheric Motions. Atmospheric Dynamics-I: Waves. Atmospheric Dynamics-II: Instability. Appendix. Bibliography. References. Index. Catalog no. C6732, January 2011, 629 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-6732-3, $89.95

Physics of the Sun A First Course Dermott J. Mullan University of Delaware, Newark, USA

With an emphasis on numerical modeling, this text presents a quantitative examination of the physical structure of the Sun and the conditions of its extended atmosphere. It enables a practical appreciation of how various physical processes determine the variation of physical parameters from the center of the Sun to the surface.

Features • Presents step-by-step explanations for calculating the numerical models of the photosphere, convection zone, and radiative interior • Describes the structure of polytropic spheres • Covers the empirical properties and oscillation equations of helioseismology • Explores the acoustic power in the Sun nd the process of thermal conduction in different physical conditions • Includes exercises and detailed simulation problems

Contents The Global Parameters of the Sun. Radiation Flow through the Solar Atmosphere. Toward a Model of the Sun: Opacity. Toward a Model of the Sun: Ionization. Computing a Model of the Sun: The Photosphere. Convection in the Sun: Empirical Properties. Computing a Model of the Sun: The Convection Zone. Radiative Transfer in the Deep Interior of the Sun. Computing a Mechanical Model of the Sun: The Radiative Interior. Polytropes. Energy Generation in the Sun. Neutrinos from the Sun. Oscillations in the Sun: The Observations. Oscillations in the Sun: Theory. The Chromosphere. Magnetic Fields in the Sun. The Corona. The Solar Wind. Appendix. Index. Catalog no. C3074, 2010, 390 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-8307-1, $79.95


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Quantitative Understanding of Biosystems An Introduction to Biophysics Thomas M. Nordlund University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA

“Combines a nice balance of topics with important basic material … . The emphasis on problems, projects, and tools is very helpful.” —Stephen J. Hagen, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

“A versatile textbook that also serves as a good introduction to quantitative biology … strikes a balance between ‘not too difficult’ for life science students and ‘conceptually rich and challenging’ for physics and math students.” —Yuri Gartstein and Stephen Levene, The University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Emphasizing learning through interactive diagrams, videos, problems, and exercises, this color text focuses on the behavior and properties of microscopic structures that underlie living systems. It clearly describes the biological physics of macromolecules, subcellular structures, and whole cells, including interactions with light. Through its active learning approach, the text encourages practical comprehension of the behavior of biosystems, rather than knowledge of the latest research. The author includes graphand diagram-centered physics and mathematics, simple software, frequent checks of understanding, and a repetition of important ideas at higher levels or from different points of view. After completing this book, students will gain significant computational and project experience and become competent at quantitatively characterizing biosystems.

Catalog no. 89772, February 2011, c. 583 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-8972-1, $89.95

Features • Provides a hands-on understanding of the movement of microorganisms, enabling students to analyze positions, velocities, and forces of real microorganisms • Reviews the necessary mathematics, including geometry, calculus, and differential equations • Discusses quantum mechanics in biosystems, covering photosynthesis and micro and chemical reactions • Describes the transition from discreet random walks to continuum diffusive motion • Contains standard exercises, advanced problems, and miniprojects • Includes a CD-ROM with “active” versions of Excel graphs and diagrams from the text, along with links to mathematical and biological/ biochemical source data Solutions manual available for qualifying instructors

Contents INTRODUCTION, APPROACH, AND TOOLS Introduction to a New World. How (Most) Physicists Approach Biophysics. Math Tools: First Pass. STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION Water. Structures: From 0.1 to 10 nm and Larger. First Pass at Supramolecular Structures: Assemblies of Biomolecules. Putting a Cell Together: Physical Sketch. BIOLOGICAL ACTIVITY: QUANTUM MICROWORLD Quantum Primer. Light and Life. Photosynthesis. Direct Ultraviolet Effects on Biological Systems. BIOLOGICAL ACTIVITY: (CLASSICAL) MICROWORLD Mechanics and Dynamics. Random Walks, Diffusion, and Polymer Conformation. Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics Primer. Reactions: Physical View. Molecular Machines: Introduction. Assembly. For more complete contents, visit

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Biophysics New!

Introduction to Proteins Engineering Genetic Circuits

Structure, Function, and Motion Amit Kessel

Chris J. Myers

Es-is Technologies Ltd., Givatayim, Israel

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA

Nir Ben-Tal

“This book by Prof. Myers is one of the few texts in the area that gently brings the uninitiated to these edges. … Engineering Genetic Circuits admirably touches on much of the ‘required’ knowledge while creating a minimal toolset with which beginning students can confidently venture into this exciting new territory of systems biology.” —From the Foreword by Adam Arkin, University of California, Berkeley, USA

“Prof. Myers’ book will be an excellent reference for any course in systems biology … . I find the many illustrations (worked-out examples and ample number of figures) and exercises at the end of each chapter quite useful and important.” —Baltazar Aguda, The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA

Tel Aviv University, Israel

“… I was impressed both by the breadth of the topics covered and by the depth in which they are treated. General principles are made intuitively clear based on well-chosen examples … . The book could fit well as a textbook in structural biology and molecular biophysics courses.” —Barry Honig, Columbia University, New York, New York, USA

“… The book gives a coherent picture of each topic … attractive as the main textbook in an undergraduate course on protein structure. Perhaps also for parts of freshman biochemistry. … useful as supplement for many undergraduate and graduate courses.” —Burkhard Rost, Technische Universität München, Germany

Highlighting modeling, analysis, and design methods for systems biology, this book discusses how to examine experimental data to learn about mathematical models, develop efficient abstraction and simulation methods to analyze these models, and use analytical methods to design new circuits. iBioSim software, lecture slides, and a password-protected solutions manual are available on the author’s website.

With more than 350 color images throughout, this text discusses the molecular interactions and thermodynamic changes that transpire in these highly complex molecules. Numerous proteins are used as examples to show how proteins can be analyzed in multiple ways. The text refers to many everyday applications of proteins and enzymes in medical disorders, chemical warfare, and more. Downloadable questions for each chapter are available at CRC Press Online.



An Engineer’s Guide to Genetic Circuits. Learning Models. Differential Equation Analysis. Stochastic Analysis. Reaction-Based Abstraction. Logical Abstraction. Genetic Circuit Design. Solutions to Selected Problems. References. Glossary. Index.

Protein Structure. Methods of Structure Determination and Prediction. Energetics and Protein Stability. Protein Structural Dynamics. Non-Globular Proteins. Membrane Proteins. Protein–Ligand Interactions. Index.

Catalog no. C3244, 2010, 306 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-8324-8, $71.95


Catalog no. K10533, January 2011, 654 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-1071-2, $79.95 45-Day Review Only

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General & Introductory Physics

From Atoms to Galaxies A Conceptual Physics Approach to Scientific Awareness Sadri Hassani Illinois State University, Normal, USA

“… I will be teaching a physics/art history hybrid course and will be using either Superstrings and Other Things: A Guide to Physics, Second Edition or From Atoms to Galaxies: A Conceptual Physics Approach to Scientific Awareness. … both are great books. … I really feel that for conceptual physics courses, CRC Press currently has the three strongest titles. I anticipate a fun teaching experience while using these texts and hope to use them again in the future.” —Steve Zides, Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA

Ideal for students without a technical or mathematical background, this textbook lays the foundation of the laws that govern our universe in a nontechnical way, emphasizing topics in modern physics and exposing the abuses made by New Age gurus and other mystagogues. It outlines the methods developed by physicists for the scientific investigation of nature and contrasts them with those developed by the outsiders who claim to be the owners of scientific methodology. Each chapter debunks misconceptions, clarifies the nature of science, and explores the history of physics as it relates to the development of ideas.

Features • Maintains a strictly conceptual approach in teaching physics to nonscience university students • Uses physical arguments to controvert nonscientific and pseudoscientific beliefs • Assumes math skills at the high school level • Includes answers to challenging questions, a glossary, a set of guiding questions, conceptual exercises, and numerical problems at the end of each chapter • Offers a wealth of mathematical information (at the level of high school algebra) on an accompanying CD-ROM Test bank and lecture presentations available for qualifying instructors

Catalog no. K10421, 2010, 753 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-0849-8, $89.95

Contents IN THE BEGINNING Science Kindles. A Dark Interlude. Science Rekindles. From Heaven to Earth. Epilogue: Underdetermination? NEWTONIAN ERA Kinematics: Describing Motion. Dynamics: Cause of Motion. Further Topics on Motion. Gravitation. Epilogue: Determinism. WAVES AND ELECTROMAGNETISM Waves. Electricity. Magnetism and Electricity. Electromagnetic Waves. Epilogue: Mind and Matter. THERMODYNAMICS Introduction to Probability. Statistical Mechanics. Temperature and Heat. Epilogue: Whole and Parts. TWENTIETH-CENTURY PHYSICS: QUANTUM THEORY Birth of Quantum Theory. The Atoms. Quantum Theory I. Quantum Theory II. Epilogue: No Interpretation. TWENTIETH-CENTURY PHYSICS: RELATIVITY THEORY Birth of Relativity. Relativity of Time and Space. Spacetime Geometry. E = mc2. General Theory of Relativity. Epilogue: No Marketplace. TWENTIETH-CENTURY PHYSICS: MICROCOSMOLOGY On the Experimental Front. On the Theoretical Front. Classifying Particles and Forces. The Standard Model. New Age Physics. Epilogue: The Eye of Physics. TWENTIETH-CENTURY PHYSICS: MACROCOSMOLOGY Physics of the Cosmos. Early Universe. The Last Epoch. Epilogue: The Closing Dialogue. NATURE OF SCIENCE Misconceptions about Science. Characteristics of Science. Science versus Pseudoscience. For more complete contents, visit

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General & Introductory Physics

Exploring Integrated Science Belal E. Baaquie and Frederick H. Willeboordse National University of Singapore

Answering a myriad of puzzles of nature, Exploring Integrated Science shows how the simplest questions that arise from our daily experiences can lead us through a chain of reasoning that explains some of the most fascinating principles of science. Written in a nontechnical, entertaining style to engage students without a science background while maintaining the academic rigor required by more advanced students, the book follows a unique format that enhances the learning process. Each chapter begins with a pertinent question that forms the basis for explaining a scientific principle. Step by step, the text then delves into the more sophisticated scientific matter necessary for providing insight into the question presented, elucidating key principles and concepts along the way. Chapter summaries highlight salient points, answer the question definitively, and include a series of exercises to test students’ assimilation of the material. Richly illustrated with more than 650 vibrant color images, this text captures the essence of our intuitive appreciation of nature, which is the starting point for the adventure of science. Presenting integrated scientific ideas that seamlessly blend biology, mathematics, chemistry, and physics, the book brings the most complex and intriguing phenomena to students in a manner that is accessible and entertaining.

Features • Covers dozens of mysteries, from nanoscience to the need of polymers for life • Uses a question-based format that ties in with daily experience • Explores topics from a wide range of subject areas not usually found in one book • Employs a nontechnical, entertaining style while maintaining the rigor required by more advanced students • Contains more than 650 vibrant color illustrations as well as a complete periodic table • Emphasizes concepts while still providing all the essential equations • Provides simulations on a supporting website

Contents Our Universe. Numbers in Our World. Energy. Atoms. Combining Atoms. Fluids. Materials. Polymers. Sparks in Nature. Odor. Sound. Nature’s Solar Cells. Vision. Biopolymers. Proteins. RNA. DNA. Information. Nanoworld. Complexity. Evolution. Relativity. Quantum Mechanics I. Quantum Mechanics II. Laws. Equations. Units. Prefixes. Constants. Sizes. Credits. Periodic Table. Electromagnetic Spectrum. Index. For more complete contents, visit

Catalog no. 87932, 2010, 594 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-8793-2, $102.95


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General & Introductory Physics

Measured Tones The Interplay of Physics and Music, Third Edition

The Silicon Web Physics for the Internet Age

Ian Johnston University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Michael G. Raymer

Praise for the Second Edition

“Change the title of this excellent text to ‘Physics for the Internet Age: The Silicon Web’ as soon as possible to attract teachers of all introductory physics courses to look into this text for adoption with its many hints as a PER [Physics Education Research]-influenced text.”

University of Oregon, Eugene, USA

“Johnston offers a charming, informal, and information-packed volume aimed squarely both at the musician who wants to understand better some of the physics behind the sound that various instruments make and at the physicist who would like to understand better the workings of musical instruments… . Lots of material is covered, and the book is worthy of careful examination … . It belongs in all college libraries.” —K.L. Schick, CHOICE

—John L. Hubisz, North Carolina State University, The Physics Teacher, November 2010

“… a text perfect in itself and perfect for its time … . ideal for an undergraduate course required of all physical science, engineering, computer science, and mathematics majors.”

“ … Thoroughly recommended.”

—Physics Today

—John Miller, School Science Review

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New to the Third Edition • A greater examination of psycho-acoustics and its role in the design of MP3s

Requiring no higher math or prior physics, this book clarifies common misconceptions while offering insight on the social impacts of technology. It includes study questions, end-of-chapter problem sets, and real-world exercises.

• Expanded information on the gamelan and other Asian percussion instruments


• Detailed discussions of binary notation, digitization, and electronic manipulation of music

Introduction: Physics and Its Relation to Computer and Internet Technologies. Mathematics: The Language of Science and Technology. Mechanics: Energy Enables Information Technology. Matter and Heat: Cooling Computers is Required by the Physics of Computation. Electricity and Magnetism: The Workhorses of Information Technology. Digital Electronics and Computer Logic. Analog and Digital Communication. Quantum Physics of Atoms and Materials. Semiconductor Physics: Transistors and Circuits. Photons: Light Detectors and Light Emitting Diodes. Light and Optical Fibers for the Internet. Light Amplification and Lasers. Fiber-Optics Communication. Communication Networks and the Internet.

Sound files, further reading, and instructional support available on complementary website

Contents Why These and Not Others? Music and Scientific Method. Harmonies of a Mechanical Universe. Overtones of Enlightenment. Over the Waves. The Romance of Electricity. Summertime in Heidelberg. O Brave New World. I think, Therefore I Am. Catalog no. 93479, 2009, 454 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-9347-6, $61.95

Catalog no. K10173, 2009, 600 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-0311-0, $92.95

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General & Introductory Physics New!

Exploring Fundamental Particles Lincoln Wolfenstein

Superstrings and Other Things

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

A Guide to Physics, Second Edition

Joao P. Silva

Carlos I. Calle

Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa and Centro de Física Teórica de Partículas, Portugal

Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA

Integrating both theoretical and experimental work, Exploring Fundamental Particles traces the development of this fascinating field, from the discoveries of Newton, Fermi, and Feynman to the detection of CP violation and neutrinos to the quest to observe the Higgs boson and beyond. A clear picture of the historic breakthroughs and latest findings in the particle physics community, the book guides students through the theories and experiments surrounding fundamental particles and the main forces between them. It sets the stage for the next transformation in modern science.

Features • Explores the latest answer to the question, “What are we made of?” • Describes the development of the standard model • Presents the four interactions of nature and the building blocks of matter • Covers topics important for future experiments, including CP violation, neutrinos, and the Higgs boson • Sheds light on past experiments and recent discoveries • Discusses the importance of the LHC and ILC

Contents Genesis of the Standard Model. CP Violation: The Asymmetry between Matter and Antimatter. The Amazing Story of the Neutrino. The Hunt for the Mysterious Higgs. Conclusion. Appendices.

“… I will be teaching a physics/art history hybrid course and will be using either Superstrings and Other Things: A Guide to Physics, Second Edition or From Atoms to Galaxies: A Conceptual Physics Approach to Scientific Awareness. … both are great books. … I really feel that for conceptual physics courses, CRC Press currently has the three strongest titles. I anticipate a fun teaching experience while using these texts and hope to use them again in the future.” —Steve Zides, Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA

Read more reviews at CRC Press Online In the new edition of this popular work, NASA’s Carlos I. Calle continues to take students on a uniquely accessible journey through physics. He explains basic concepts of motion, energy, and gravity, along with the latest theories about the structure of matter, the origin of the universe, and the beginning of time. Fully illustrated, this edition explores major discoveries and the scientists behind them, includes numerous examples of physics in everyday situations, and discusses the developments in string theory and M-theory. A solutions manual is available for qualifying instructors.

Contents Introductory Concepts. The Laws of Mechanics. The Structure of Matter. Thermodynamics. Electricity and Magnetism. Waves. Modern Physics. Appendices. Glossary. Index. Catalog no. K10534, 2010, 567 pp., Soft Cover ISBN: 978-1-4398-1073-6, $61.95

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Solid State Physics

Understanding Solid State Physics Sharon Ann Holgate Visiting Fellow, University of Sussex, UK

“I enjoyed reading the book and it is a refreshing approach — it is very up to date and pitched at a good level to engage undergraduates new to the subject. I am happy to recommend this book to my students.” —Dr. Robert H. Hadfield, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland

“The book is written in a very user-friendly and engaging style, as one might expect from a science writer/journalist. This way, the author succeeds in making the material approachable and interesting. … What I like most of all is that it brings solid-state physics up-to-date, introducing modern topics and showing how the core ideas in condensed matter physics underpin so much of the technology we use today.” —Professor Andrew Boothroyd, Oxford University, UK

Keeping the mathematics to a minimum yet losing none of the required rigor, this accessible textbook clearly explains basic physics principles to provide students with a firm grounding in the subject. It offers a useful introduction to solid state physics for undergraduates who feel daunted by a highly mathematical approach. By relating the theories and concepts to practical applications, the author shows how physics is used in the real world. The text examines the various ways in which atoms bond together to form crystalline and amorphous solids. It also describes the mechanical properties of solids. The author discusses how electromagnetic radiation interacts with the periodic array of atoms that make up a crystal and how solids react to heat on both atomic and macroscopic scales. She then focuses on conductors, insulators, semiconductors, and superconductors as well as the magnetic properties of solids and applications of magnets and magnetism.

Features • Highlights various technological applications of physics, from locomotive lights to medical implants to hard drives • Provides captivating images of real-life applications that demonstrate the multidisciplinary nature of scientific research • Uses an accessible writing style and format, offering journalistic accounts of interesting research • Contains worked examples, self-test questions, and a helpful glossary of frequently used terms • Includes derivations of key equations and reviews of essential physics in the appendices • Offers further reading, web links, and other resources at CRC Press Online Solutions manual available for qualifying instructors

Contents Crystal Clear: Bonding and Crystal Structures. The Rejection of Perfection: Defects, Amorphous Materials, and Polymers. Stressed Out: The Mechanical Properties of Solids. In, Out, Shake It All About: Diffraction, Phonons, and Thermal Properties of Solids. Unable to Resist: Metals, Semiconductors, and Superconductors. Chips with Everything: Semiconductor Devices and Dielectrics. Living in a Magnetic World: Magnetism and Its Applications. Appendices. Index. For more complete contents, visit

Catalog no. IP662, 2010, 367 pp. ISBN: 978-0-7503-0972-1, $79.95

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Mathematical Physics

Mathematical Methods in Physics Victor Henner, Tatyana Belozerova, and Kyle Forinash “In comparison with typical introductions to partial differential equations, the book and attached software are significantly more detailed. It explains various examples of physical problems and solves related partial differential equations under different types of boundary conditions. The authors do more with special functions and carry out examples of Fourier analysis using these functions. … this book can be used in an advanced course on mathematical physics (or related courses) for advanced students of engineering, physics, mathematics, and applied mathematics.” —Soheila Emamyari and Mehdi Hassani, MAA Reviews, November 2009

“[Henner, Forinash, and Belozerova] address the main topics of many courses in mathematical physics within the fields of engineering, physics, mathematics, and applied mathematics. … The software provides a simple interface and does not require students to learn a programming language.” —Book News Inc., September 2009

This text covers PDEs of mathematical physics and boundary value problems, trigonometric Fourier series, and special functions. The accompanying CD-ROM of software provides a laboratory environment that allows students to generate and model different physical situations and learn by experimentation.

Contents Fourier Series Sturm-Liouville Theory The Sturm-Liouville Problem Mixed Boundary Conditions Examples of Sturm-Liouville Problems One-Dimensional Hyperbolic Equations Derivation of the Basic Equations Boundary and Initial Conditions

Contents continued... Other Boundary Value Problems: Longitudinal Vibrations of a Thin Rod Torsional Oscillations of an Elastic Cylinder Acoustic Waves Waves in a Shallow Channel Electrical Oscillations in a Circuit Traveling Waves: D’Alembert Method Semi-infinite String Oscillations and the Use of Symmetry Properties Finite Intervals: The Fourier Method for OneDimensional Wave Equations Generalized Fourier Solutions Energy of the String Two-Dimensional Hyperbolic Equations Derivation of the Equations of Motion Oscillations of a Rectangular Membrane The FourierMethod Applied to Small Transverse Oscillations of a Circular Membrane One-Dimensional Parabolic Equations Physical Problems Described by Parabolic Equations: Boundary Value Problems The Principle of the Maximum, Correctness, and the Generalized Solution The Fourier Method of Separation of Variables for the Heat Conduction Equation Heat Conduction in an Infinite Bar Heat Equation for a Semi-infinite Bar Parabolic Equations for Higher-Dimensional Problems Heat Conduction in More than One Dimension Heat Conduction within a Finite Rectangular Domain Heat Conduction within a Circular Domain Elliptic Equations Bessel Functions Legendre Functions For more complete contents, visit

Catalog no. K00437, 2009, 859 pp. ISBN: 978-1-56881-335-6, $115.00


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Medical Physics New!

Applied Medical Image Processing A Basic Course Wolfgang Birkfellner Medical University of Vienna, Austria

“This is a lucid, well-written, and hands-on textbook that explains in simple terms and with examples the basic issues of medical image processing. It contains many examples and useful programs.” —Professor Leo Joskowicz, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

“The plethora of examples in each chapter … allows the reader to apply the theory and visually assess the outcomes. This book is a perfect blend of theory and practice. I highly recommend it.” —Dr. Pascal Fallavollita, Technische Universität München, Germany

“… It provides a cogent, not overly simplified, not excessively mathematical treatise of basic principles that the student, trainee, young scientist, and junior practitioner can readily grasp and apply. …” —From the Foreword by Richard A. Robb, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

This book combines clearly written textual explanations with numerous tables, diagrams, and figures as well as illustrative examples and exercises using MATLAB® and Octave. The accompanying CD-ROM contains sample images and files that can be used with either program.

Contents A Few Basics of Medical Image Sources. Image Representation. Operations in Intensity Space. Segmentation. Filtering and Transformations. Spatial Transforms. Rendering, Visualization, and Surface Models. Registration. Volume Reconstruction. Appendix. Glossary. Index. Catalog no. K11176, January 2011, 403 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-2444-3, $69.95

Introduction to Physics in Modern Medicine Second Edition Suzanne Amador Kane Haverford College, Pennsylvania, USA

Fully updated, this text builds on the bestselling original to provide medical and physics students with an exploration of the physics-related applications found in state-of-the-art medical centers. Requiring very little physics, biology, or chemistry and keeping mathematics to a minimum, the application-dedicated chapters adhere to simple and self-contained qualitative explanations that make use of examples and illustrations. With an enhanced emphasis on digital imaging and computers in medicine, this edition gives students a fundamental understanding of the practical application of each. Supporting material can be found on the author’s website. A solutions manual is available for qualifying instructors.

New to the Second Edition • Hybrid scanners for cancer imaging and the interplay of molecular medicine with imaging technologies, such as MRI, CT, and PET • Coverage of camera pills that can film from the inside upon swallowing • Advances in robotic surgery devices • Discussions of intensity-modulated radiation therapy, proton therapy, and other new forms of cancer treatment • The use of imaging technologies in developing countries

Contents Telescopes for Inner Space. Lasers in Medicine. Seeing with Sound. X-Ray Vision. Images from Radioactivity. Radiation Therapy and Radiation Safety in Medicine. Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Catalog no. C9438, 2009, 448 pp., Soft Cover ISBN: 978-1-58488-943-4, $59.95

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Nuclear Physics


Measurement and Detection of Radiation Third Edition Nicholas Tsoulfanidis University of Nevada, Reno, USA

Sheldon Landsberger University of Texas, Austin, USA

“This book is an excellent review of nuclear detection systems. The updated text is particularly timely with regard to the current zeitgeist for homeland security, nuclear non-proliferation, and nuclear security.” —Steve Biegalski, University of Texas, Austin, USA

This third edition of a classic, bestselling textbook continues to serve new students entering the nuclear science and engineering fields. It enables them to select the proper detector, analyze the results of counting experiments, and perform radiation measurements that follow proper health physics procedures. A clearly written, accessible introduction to nuclear instrumentation concepts, the text illustrates the fundamentals of nuclear interactions and radiation detection with a multitude of examples and problems. A solutions manual is available for qualifying instructors.

New to the Third Edition • A new chapter on the latest applications of radiation detection, covering nuclear medicine, dosimetry, health physics, nonproliferation, and homeland security • Updates to all chapters and subtopics within chapters, as needed • Many new references and a completely updated bibliography

Contents Introduction to Radiation Measurements Statistical Errors of Radiation Counting Review of Atomic and Nuclear Physics Energy Loss and Penetration of Radiation through Matter Gas-Filled Detectors Scintillation Detectors Semiconductor Detectors Relative and Absolute Measurements Catalog no. 91859, January 2011, 518 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-9185-4, $129.95


Contents continued... Introduction to Spectroscopy Electronics Data Analysis Methods Curve Fitting Interpolation Schemes Least-Squares Fitting Folding and Unfolding Data Smoothing Photon (Gamma-Ray and X-Ray) Spectroscopy Charged-Particle Spectroscopy Neutron Detection and Spectroscopy Activation Analysis Selection of the Optimum Nuclear Reaction Preparation of the Sample for Irradiation Sources of Radiation Irradiation of the Sample Counting of the Sample Analysis of the Results Sensitivity of Activation Analysis Interference Reactions Advantages and Disadvantages of the Activation Analysis Method Prompt Gamma Activation Analysis Neutron Depth Profile Neutron Radiography Health Physics Fundamentals Applications of Radiation Detection Health Physics within Nuclear Power Plants and Radiological Facilities Portal Monitors and Passive Detection Interactive Radiation Detection Systems Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Radiation Detection Coincidence and Anti-Coincidence Detection Systems Nuclear Medicine Detection of Nuclear Materials/Nonproliferation Issues For more complete contents, visit

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Group Theory for the Standard Model of Particle Physics and Beyond Ken J. Barnes University of Southampton, UK

Based on the author’s well-established courses, this text explores the use of symmetries through descriptions of the techniques of Lie groups and Lie algebras. It develops the models, theoretical framework, and mathematical tools to understand these symmetries. After linking symmetries with conservation laws, the author covers the mathematical framework for special relativity, the standard model, spontaneous symmetry breaking, the Higgs boson, and supersymmetry. He also introduces new techniques based on extending space–time into dimensions described by anticommuting coordinates. Designed for graduate and advanced undergraduate students in physics, this text provides succinct yet complete coverage of the group theory of the symmetries of the standard model of elementary particle physics. It will help students understand current knowledge about the standard model as well as the physics that potentially lies beyond the standard model.

Features • Explores the modern framework of special relativity, including Lorentz covariance and the Poincaré group • Describes Lie group techniques for the standard model and beyond • Provides a stepping-stone to Einstein’s work on general relativity • Goes beyond the standard model to explore supertransformations, superspace methods, and more • Includes many worked examples and problems in each chapter Solutions manual available for qualifying instructors

Contents Symmetries and Conservation Laws Quantum Angular Momentum Tensors and Tensor Operators Special Relativity and the Physical Particle States Catalog no. C7874, 2010, 255 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-7874-9, $59.95

Contents continued... Internal Symmetries Lie Group Techniques for the Standard Model Lie Groups Noether’s Theorem and Gauge Theories of the First and Second Kinds Basic Couplings of the Electromagnetic, Weak, and Strong Interactions Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking and the Unification of the Electromagnetic and Weak Forces The Goldstone Theorem and the Consequent Emergence on Nonlinear Transforming Massless Goldstone Bosons The Higgs Mechanism and the Emergence of Mass from Spontaneously Broken Symmetries Lie Group Techniques for beyond the Standard Model Lie Groups The Simple Sphere Beyond the Standard Model Massive Case Massless Case Projection Operators Weyl Spinors and Representation Charge Conjugation and Majorana Spinor A Notational Trick SL(2, C) View Unitary Representations Supersymmetry: A First Look at the Simplest (N = 1) Case Massive Representations Massless Representations Superspace Three Dimensional Euclidean Space (Revisited) Covariant Derivative Operators from Right Action Superfields Supertransformations The Chiral Scalar Multiplet Superspace Methods Covariant Definition of Component Fields Supercharges Revisited Invariants and Lagrangians Superpotential For more complete contents, visit

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Particle/High Energy Physics

The Standard Model and Beyond

An Introduction to Particle Physics and the Standard Model

Paul Langacker

Robert Mann

Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, USA

University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

“… a detailed and lucid summary of the theoretical foundations of the Standard Model, and possible extensions beyond it. … It also provides a firm, graduate-level foundation for theoretical physicists who plan to pursue concepts beyond the Standard Model to a greater depth.” —Philip Burrows, CERN Courier, June 2010

“… This is the first treatment … focusing on the structure and applications of the Standard Model and bringing in the field theory as needed, in a pedagogically reliable and thorough treatment. …”

This text gives students a grounding in particle physics, including its experimental tools and methods. Wherever possible, the author takes a historical approach that shows students how the model is linked to the physics that most of us have learned in less challenging areas. The text describes the standard model and the theories of the strong and electroweak interactions. The author also introduces Feynman diagrams, wave equations, and gauge invariance, building up to the theory of quantum electrodynamics. In addition, he explores what might lie beyond our current concepts of the subatomic world.

—Gordon Kane, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA


“… an indispensable guide to the elementary particle physics of the next decade. It contains many important topics … The many exercises are wellchosen and interesting. This fine book deserves to be the primary text in a full-year course at the graduate level for students who have already been exposed to quantum field theory.”

A Review of Special Relativity. Symmetries. Conservation Laws. Particle Classification. Discrete Symmetries. Accelerators. Detectors. Scattering. A Toy Theory. Wave Equations for Elementary Particles. Gauge Invariance. Quantum Electrodynamics (QED). Testing QED. From Nuclei to Quarks. The Quark Model. Testing the Quark Model. Heavy Quarks and QCD. From Beta Decay to Weak Interactions. Charged Leptonic Weak Interactions. Charged Weak Interactions of Quarks and Leptons. Electroweak Unification. Electroweak Symmetry Breaking. Testing Electroweak Theory. Beyond the Standard Model. Notation and Conventions. Kronecker Delta and Levi-Civita Symbols. Dirac Delta-Functions. Pauli and Dirac Matrices. Cross-Sections and Decay Rates. Clebsch-Gordon Coefficients. Fundamental Constants. Properties of Elementary Particles. Feynman Rules for the Standard Model. The Large Hadron Rap.

—Jonathan L. Rosner, University of Chicago, Illinois, USA Solutions manual available for qualifying instructors

Contents Review of Perturbative Field Theory. Lie Groups, Lie Algebras, and Symmetries. Gauge Theories. The Strong Interactions and Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD). The Weak Interactions. The Standard Electroweak Theory. Beyond the Standard Model. Appendices. References. Websites. Index. Catalog no. C7906, 2010, 675 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-7906-7, $79.95

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Advanced Particle Physics Two-Volume Set Oleg Boyarkin Belarus State Pedagogical University, Minsk

Providing a complete foundation for students to comprehend the physics of the microworld, this two-volume set develops the models, theoretical framework, and mathematical tools needed to understand current experiments and make predictions for future experiments. The set brings together a vast array of topics in modern particle physics and distills the material in a rigorous yet accessible manner. All intermediate mathematical steps are derived and numerous application examples help students gain a thorough, working knowledge of the subject.

The first volume covers: • The mathematical foundation of quantum field theory • The interactions and particles of the Standard Model • How accelerators, detectors, and neutrino telescopes are used in particle physics experiments • The technique of renormalization in quantum electrodynamics

The second volume discusses: • The technique of renormalization in quantum chromodynamics (QCD) • The status of current QCD experiments • Physics beyond the Standard Model, including composite models and a left-right model • How solar and atmospheric neutrinos are detected and analyzed The books in this two-volume set enable students not only to perform complicated and skilled calculations, but also to propose and elaborate new theories. Each book contains extensive references that offer comprehensive perspectives on the literature and historical development of particle physics.

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Volume I: Particles, Fields, and Quantum Electrodynamics MATHEMATICAL PRELUDE: Relativistic Invariance. Three-Dimensional World. The Four-Dimensional Minkowski Space. Lagrangian Formulation of Field Theory. Discrete Symmetry Operations. BIRD'S-EYE VIEW ON MICROWORLD: Fundamental Interactions. Atoms - Nuclei Nucleons. From Muon to Gluon. Hadron Families. Quark "Atoms". Passing Glance on Theory of Electroweak Interaction. Fundamental Particles of Standard Model. Technical Equipments of Particle Physics. QUANTUM IDYLL - FREE FIELDS: Scalar Field. Particles with Spin 1/2. Massive Vector Field. Electromagnetic Field. QUANTUM ELECTRODYNAMICS: S-Matrix. Transmission of -Radiation through Matter. Scattering of Electrons and Positrons. Radiative Corrections. Renormalization Theory. Appendix. Catalog no. K10229, February 2011, c. 640 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-0414-8, $99.95

Volume II: The Standard Model and Beyond QUANTUM CHROMODYNAMICS: Canonical Quantization. Formalism of Functional Integration. Renormalization and Unitarity. Asymptotical Freedom. Chiral Symmetries. Anomalies. Hard Processes in QCD. Lattice QCD. Quark-Gluon Plasma. QCD Vacuum. QCD Experimental Status. ELECTROWEAK INTERACTIONS: Glashow-Weinberg-Salam Theory. Physics beyond the Standard Model. NEUTRINO PHYSICS: Neutrino Properties. Neutrino Oscillation in Vacuum. Neutrino Oscillation in Matter. Solar Neutrinos. Atmospheric Neutrinos. Results and Perspectives. Catalog no. K10230, February 2011, c. 552 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-0416-2, $99.95

Catalog no. K10227, February 2011, c. 1248 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-0412-4, $169.95

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Optics & Imaging Science


An Introduction to Quantum Optics


Photon and Biphoton Physics

Fundamentals of Attosecond Optics

Yanhua Shih

Zenghu Chang

University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA

University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA

Designed for senior undergraduate and graduate students, this text presents the theoretical concepts and experimental techniques involved in modern quantum optics. It reviews basic theory and experimental evidence for the quantization of light, addressing such advanced concepts as entanglement and two-photon phenomena. It also examines the devices and experimental procedures used to test theories and considers coherent and squeezed states, atomfield interaction, electromagnetically induced transparency, and lasing without inversion.

A discussion of fundamental concepts, basic techniques, and state-of-the-art applications, this book builds from basic underlying theory to more complex ideas related to attosecond optics. It shows how the generation of attosecond optical pulses requires knowledge of femtosecond laser technologies but is also quite distinct from femtosecond laser technologies. The text elaborates on this point using semiclassical models and quantum mechanics theories. With illustrative examples of attosecond applications, it also explains the generation of attosecond pulse train and gating methods for extracting single isolated pulses.

Features • Emphasizes applications in quantum information and quantum computing


• Covers the quantum theory of light, basic theory of modern quantum optics, and measurement techniques

• Explains the distinct mechanisms of attosecond pulse generation using femtosecond laser technologies, semiclassical models, and quantum mechanics theories

• Develops the quantum theory of photons, biphotons, quantum coherence, and nonlocality • Includes sample problems and exercises

Contents Electromagnetic Wave Theory and Measurement of Light. Coherence Property of Light—The State of the Radiation. Diffraction and Propagation. Optical Imaging. First-Order Coherence of Light. Second-Order Coherence of Light. Homodyne Detection and Heterodyne Detection of Light. Quantum Theory of Light: Field Quantization and Measurement. Quantum Theory of Optical Coherence. Quantum Entanglement. Quantum Imaging. Two-Photon Interferometry−I: Biphoton Interference. Two-Photon Interferometry−II: Quantum Interference of Chaotic Light. Bell’s Theorem and Bell’s Inequality Measurement. Catalog no. IP833, January 2011, 484 pp. ISBN: 978-0-7503-0887-8, $69.95


• Introduces the technique for generating attosecond train because of its connection with high harmonic generation • Discusses methods for extracting single isolated pulses • Provides a section with real examples of experimental applications of attosecond pulses • Supplies answers to selected problems and a table of atomic units and units in laser technology

Contents Pump Lasers. The Semi-Classical Model. Strong Field Approximation. Attosecond Pulse Train. Single Isolated Attosecond Pulses. Phase Matching. Applications. Catalog no. 89374, February 2011, c. 547 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-8937-0, $89.95

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Fundamentals of Nonlinear Optics

The Science of Imaging

Peter E. Powers

Second Edition

University of Dayton, Ohio, USA

Graham Saxby

“This book fills a longstanding need for a nonlinear optics textbook at an advanced college/introductory graduate level. One of its best features is inclusion of many of the subtleties that are often glossed over in other books on the subject. … Another excellent feature is the provision of a large number of problems at the end of each chapter.”

University of Wolverhampton, UK (retired)

Praise for the First Edition “… a truly valuable book, magnificently bringing together such diverse technologies, yet keeping a practical eye on who is likely to be reading it. It’s the best book I have read on the subject at this level.” —Ron Graham, RPS Journal

“… well written … lots of helpful marginal notes … an invaluable practical guide and reference source.” —Matin Durrani, Physics World

—Mark Cronin-Golomb, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, USA

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Catalog no. 93517, May 2011, c. 328 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-9351-3, $79.95

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New to the Second Edition • A new chapter on astronomical imaging • A larger format with a wealth of illustrations

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• Major revisions in the areas of digital imaging and modern technology

Optics for Engineers

• Updated references with links to many online resources—including teaching material and expanded information

Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Contents The Nature of Light. Photometry, Lighting, and Light Filters. Visual Perception. Lens Principles. Types of Lenses. Resolution in Optical Systems. Images in Color. Still Cameras. Motion and High-Speed Photography. The Silver Halide Process. Digital Recording of Images. Halftone, Electrostatic, and Digital Printing. Television. Video Recording and Replay Systems. Three-Dimensional Imaging. Holography. Astronomical Imaging. Macrography, Micrography, and Microimaging. Imaging the Invisible. Appendices.

Charles A. Dimarzio

“This book is an excellent resource for teaching any student or scientist who needs to use optical systems. I particularly like the addition of MATLAB scripts and functions. Highly recommended.” —James C. Wyant, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

“At last, a book on optics that is written with the practising engineer in mind. …” —John Watson, University of Aberdeen, UK

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Catalog no. K10653, January 2011, 352 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4398-1286-0, $69.95

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Quantum Physics

Plasma Physics New!

Quantum Reality

Plasma Physics and Engineering

Theory and Philosophy

Second Edition

Jonathan Allday

Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

The Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, Ipswich, UK

Written by a well-known physics author and teacher, this work cuts through much of the confusion to provide students with an authoritative, academically rigorous, and intriguing exploration of the theoretical machinery of quantum mechanics. The text requires only a basic background in physics and mathematics.

Features • Presents a thorough grounding in the theoretical machinery of quantum physics • Offers a whistle-stop tour through the early part of the 20th century when the founding fathers of quantum theory forever altered the frontiers of human thought • Provides an example-filled interpretation of the theory and applications of quantum field theory • Separates fact from speculation regarding quantum physics’ ability to provide a starting point for philosophical queries into ultimately understanding science and its limits

Alexander Fridman

Lawrence A. Kennedy University of Illinois, Chicago, USA

Reflecting recent developments in plasma science and technology, this second edition covers plasma chemistry and engineering, combustion, chemical physics, lasers, electronics, methods of material treatment, fuel conversion, and environmental control. Along with many new topics added throughout, this edition includes two new chapters on microdischarges and discharges in liquids.

Features • Provides a lucid introduction to virtually all aspects of modern plasma science and technology • Contains an extensive database on plasma kinetics and thermodynamics • Includes many helpful numerical formulas for practical calculations as well as numerous problems and concept questions • Offers new chapters on microdischarges and discharges in liquids Solutions manual available for qualifying instructors



Our First Quantum Object: Light. Particles. Quantum States. Amplitudes. Measurement. Interference. The Free Particle. Identical Particles. Scattering Identical Bosons. Spin. Fermion States. Wave Functions. Uncertainty. Genealogy. Planck and Einstein. Niels Bohr. Werner Heisenberg. Erwin Schrödinger. Paul Dirac. Conclusions. Applications of Quantum Theory. Entanglement. Interpretations. The Copenhagen Interpretation. The Many Worlds Interpretation. Other Interpretations. Quantum Field Theory. Appendices. Index.

FUNDAMENTALS OF PLASMA PHYSICS AND PLASMA CHEMISTRY: Plasma in Nature, in the Laboratory, and in Industry. Elementary Processes of Charged Species in Plasma. Elementary Processes of Excited Molecules and Atoms in Plasma. Plasma Statistics and Kinetics of Charged Particles. Kinetics of Excited Particles in Plasma. Electrostatics, Electrodynamics, and Fluid Mechanics of Plasma. PHYSICS AND ENGINEERING OF ELECTRIC DISCHARGES: Glow Discharge. Arc Discharges. Non-Equilibrium Cold Atmospheric Pressure Discharges. Plasma Created in High-Frequency Electromagnetic Fields: RadioFrequency, Microwave, and Optical Discharges. Discharges in Aerosols, Dusty Plasmas, and Liquids. Electron Beam Plasmas.

Catalog no. C7036, 2009, 590 pp., Soft Cover ISBN: 978-1-58488-703-4, $51.95

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Statistical Physics New companion guide!

Introduction to Statistical Physics Second Edition Kerson Huang Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA

Written by a world-renowned theoretical physicist, this textbook thoroughly familiarizes advanced undergraduate students with the different aspects of statistical physics. Expanding upon the original, this updated edition continues to provide the tools needed to understand and work with random processes.

Features • Offers pedagogically oriented discussions that fully explain the concepts and applications • Expands discussion of phase transition in thermodynamics • Covers stochastic processes in greater depth

Commonly Asked Questions in Thermodynamics Marc J. Assael, Anthony R.H. Goodwin, Michael Stamatoudis, William A. Wakeham, and Stefan Will Every science and engineering student encounters problems that may be solved at least in part using the principles of thermodynamics. The importance of thermodynamics is so fundamental to life that practitioners and researchers in a range of fields need a fairly detailed understanding of this core discipline. This clearly written, easy-tofollow guide allows even nonscientists considering the use of alternative fuel sources to achieve a solid grounding in thermodynamics. The authors cover topics spanning from energy sources to the environment to climate change.


• Reflects current research and emerging technology dealing with Bose–Einstein condensation

• Answers the most commonly asked questions relating to thermodynamics, such as the difference between entropy and enthalpy and the first name of Maxwell’s demon

• Makes the Ginsburg–Landau theory of the order parameter accessible to students

• Precedes each group of related questions with an introductory overview

• Illustrate the methodology with applications in the stock market, semiconductors, and more

• Emphasizes qualitative understanding

• Includes new end-of-chapter exercises Solutions manual available for qualifying instructors

Contents A Macroscopic View of Matter. Heat and Entropy. Using Thermodynamics. Phase Transitions. The Statistical Approach. Maxwell–Boltzmann Distribution. Transport Phenomena. Canonical Ensemble. Grand Canonical Ensemble. Noise. Stochastic Processes. Time-Series Analysis. The Langevin Equation. Quantum Statistics. Quantum Ensembles. The Fermi Gas. The Bose Gas. Bose–Einstein Condensation. The Order Parameter. Superfluidity. Superconductivity. Appendix. Index.

• Includes many illustrative materials throughout to reinforce key concepts • Requires no prior background in the subject

Contents What Is Statistical Mechanics?. Second Law of Thermodynamics. Phase Equilibria. Reactions, Electrolytes, and Non-Equilibrium. Power Generation, Refrigeration, and Liquefaction. Where Do I Find My Numbers?. Index. Catalog no. 86952, February 2011, c. 368 pp. Soft Cover, ISBN: 978-1-4200-8695-9, $39.95

Catalog no. C7902, 2010, 333 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4200-7902-9, $61.95

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The Materials Physics Companion

The Physics Companion “… a short sharp précis of the material typically covered in first year physics programs …” —The Physicist

“Fischer-Cripps has prepared an excellent compendium of definitions and relationships from mainly classical physics. … a valuable resource for all students of physics … highly recommended …” —American Library Association

“It is a straightforward and easy-to-read book with many examples that clearly illustrate many different concepts … It can really help to explain principles that often are not so easy to understand in traditional physics text…” —Electrical Insulation Magazine, September-October 2008

Catalog no. C6803, 2008, 208 pp., Soft Cover ISBN: 978-1-58488-680-8, $31.95

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The Mathematics Companion Mathematical Methods for Physicists and Engineers “… it is very well done, and everything that might be expected to be there is there … The book might also be invaluable for those undergraduate students in mathematics, science or engineering who need to undertake first- and second-year courses in mathematics, and it will serve those who wish to have quick access to all those formulae that seem to be so readily forgotten.” —J.M. Hill, Australian Physics, March/April 2006

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The Electronics Companion Covering the core topics of electrical engineering, this book provides a logical and consistent account of the way in which basic electronic circuits are designed and how they work. Along with many worked examples and review questions, it includes a laboratory section describing experiments that can be carried out by students on their own or under the supervision of an instructor. Catalog no. IP704, 2005, 288 pp., Soft Cover ISBN: 978-0-7503-1012-3, $31.95

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Explore the frontiers of nanoscience Handbook of Nanophysics is the first comprehensive reference to cover both fundamental and applied aspects of physics at the nanoscale. Pioneering scientists from preeminent academic institutions, R&D companies, and research laboratories pave the way for new innovations in nanotechnology.

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Each volume includes: • Introductions in each chapter—useful to nonspecialists and students • Chapters extensively peer reviewed by senior scientists in nanophysics and related areas • A didactic treatment of the physics underlying nanoscale materials and applications with detailed experimental results • State-of-the-art scientific content enriched with fundamental equations

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