Constitutions of Matter: Mathematically Modeling the Most Everyday of Physical Phenomena

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In this insightful work, Martin H. Krieger shows what physicists are really doing behind the nearly impenetrable cloud of mathematical models they use as research tools. He argues that the technical details of these complex calculations serve not only as a means to an end, but also reveal key aspects of the physical properties they model. Using two tours de force of modern physics as case studies-proofs that ordinary matter is stable, and solutions to the Ising model of a phase transition-Krieger uncovers the philosophical ...

Constitutions of Matter: Mathematically Modeling the Most Everyday of Physical Phenomena 1998, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226453057

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Constitutions of Matter: Mathematically Modeling the Most Everyday of Physical Phenomena 1997, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226453040

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