Soft Matter: Concepts, Phenomena, and Applications (Hardcover)

Soft Matter: Concepts, Phenomena, and Applications By Wim Van Saarloos, Vincenzo Vitelli, Zorana Zeravcic Cover Image

Soft Matter: Concepts, Phenomena, and Applications (Hardcover)


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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)
Wim van Saarloos is professor emeritus of theoretical physics at the Lorentz Institute at Leiden University. Vincenzo Vitelli is professor of physics at the University of Chicago. Zorana Zeravcic is associate professor of physics in the Gulliver Laboratory at ESPCI Paris.
Product Details ISBN: 9780691191300
ISBN-10: 0691191301
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: March 26th, 2024
Pages: 624
Language: English