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Soft Matter: Concepts, Phenomena, and Applications

Soft Matter: Concepts, Phenomena, and Applications

English | 2024 | ISBN: 0691191301 | 624 pages | True PDF | 14.13 MB

A comprehensive, modern introduction to soft matter physics

Soft matter science is an interdisciplinary field at the interface of physics, biology, chemistry, engineering, and materials science. It encompasses colloids, polymers, and liquid crystals as well as rapidly emerging topics such as metamaterials, memory formation and learning in matter, bioactive systems, and artificial life. This textbook introduces key phenomena and concepts in soft matter from a modern perspective, marrying established knowledge with the latest developments and applications. The presentation integrates statistical mechanics, dynamical systems, and hydrodynamic approaches, emphasizing conservation laws and broken symmetries as guiding principles while paying attention to computational and machine learning advances.

An all-in-one textbook for advanced undergraduates and graduate students and an invaluable reference for practitioners
Features introductory chapters on fluid mechanics, elasticity, and stochastic phenomena
Covers advanced topics such as pattern formation and active matter
Discusses technological applications as well as relevant phenomena in the life sciences
Offers perspectives on emerging research directions
Includes more than a hundred step-by-step problems suitable for active learning and flipped-classroom settings
Accompanied by a website with additional material such as movies of experimental systems
Solutions manual (available only to instructors)

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