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82: Statistical mechanics, structure of matter


Statistical mechanics, structure of matter: study of large-scale systems of particles, including stochastic systems and moving or evolving systems. Specific types of matter studied include fluids, crystals, metals, and other solids.


A history of the International Union of Crystallography taken from Acta. Cryst. (1989) A45 581-601.

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Until 1991 this area contained only the single section 82A: Statistical physics, structure of matter. The map shown was produced using only data since 1991.

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Textbooks, reference works, and tutorials

Barker, J. A.; Henderson, D.: "What is `liquid'? Understanding the states of matter", Rev. Modern Phys. 48 (1976), no. 4, 587--671. MR56#17630

Michel, Louis: "What is a crystal?", Proceedings of the 14th ICGTMP (Seoul, 1985), 86--97; World Sci. Publishing, Singapore, 1986. CMP852706

Everett, C. J.; Cashwell, E. D.: "A relativity primer for particle transport", Adv. in Appl. Math. 3 (1982), no. 2, 103--261. MR84m:82119

Cartier, Pierre: "Nouvelles aventures au pays des q-analogues (équation de Yang-Baxter). (French: New adventures in the land of q-analogues (the Yang-Baxter equation) ) Séminaire Lotharingien de Combinatoire (Rouge-Gazon, 1990), 5--37, Publ. Inst. Rech. Math. Av., 460; Univ. Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, 1992. MR96g:82021

"Quasicrystals: the state of the art", Edited by D. P. DiVincenzo and P. J. Steinhardt. Directions in Condensed Matter Physics, 11. World Scientific Publishing Co., Inc., River Edge, NJ, 1991. 524 pp. ISBN 981-02-0522-8; 981-02-0523-6 MR94h:82061

Parisi, Giorgio: "Spin glasses, complexity and all that", Statistical physics (Berlin, 1992). Phys. A 194 (1993), no. 1-4, 28--40. MR94a:82050

Statistical Mechanics online tutorial

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