By Mehran Kardar

ISBN-10: 052187341X

ISBN-13: 9780521873413

Whereas many scientists are conversant in fractals, fewer are conversant in scale-invariance and universality which underly the ubiquity in their shapes. those houses may well emerge from the collective behaviour of easy primary elements, and are studied utilizing statistical box theories. preliminary chapters attach the particulate viewpoint constructed within the better half quantity, to the coarse grained statistical fields studied right here. in line with lectures taught via Professor Kardar at MIT, this textbook demonstrates how such theories are formulated and studied. Perturbation conception, specified suggestions, renormalization teams, and different instruments are hired to illustrate the emergence of scale invariance and universality, and the non-equilibrium dynamics of interfaces and directed paths in random media are mentioned. perfect for complicated graduate classes in statistical physics, it comprises an built-in set of difficulties, with options to chose difficulties on the finish of the booklet and a whole set to be had to academics at www.cambridge.org/9780521873413