1st Edition

The Critical Point
A Historical Introduction To The Modern Theory Of Critical Phenomena


C Domb

ISBN 9780367401382
Published September 4, 2019 by CRC Press
394 Pages

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Book Description

The relationship between liquids and gases engaged the attention of a number of distinguished scientists in the mid 19th Century. In a definitive paper published in 1869, Thomas Andrews described experiments he performed on carbon dioxide and from which he concluded that a critical temperature exists below which liquids and gases are distinct phases of matter, but above which they merge into a single fluid phase. During the years which followed, other natural phenomena were discovered to which the same critical point description can be applied - such as ferromagnetism and solutions. This book provides an historical account of theoretical explanations of critical phenomena which ultimately led to a major triumph of statistical mechanics in the 20th Century - with the award of the Nobel Prize for Physics

Table of Contents

"1. Preface 2. Historical Survey 3. Fluids: Classical Theory 4. Light Scattering and Correlations: Classical Theory 5. The Onsager Revolution 6. Reconciliation 7. Renormalization Group 8. Appendix: Related Topics 9. References 10. Index



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