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Elementary Excitations in Solids (Advanced Book Classics)by David Pines
Synopses & Reviews
This text continues to fill the need to communicate the present view of a solid as a system of interacting particles which, under suitable circumstances, behaves like a collection of nearly independent elementary excitations. In addition to introducing basic concepts, the author frequently refers to experimental data. Usually, both the basic theory and the applications discussed deal with the behavior of simple metals, rather than the complicated metals, such as the transition metals and the rare earths. Problems have been included for most of the chapters.
Book News Annotation:
Continues the series of inexpensive paper reprints of classic graduate-level texts and monographs with a collection of 1961 lectures by Pines (physics, U. of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. Assumes at least a year's prior course in quantum mechanics, but no previous knowledge of field theory. The earlier editions appeared in 1966 and 1989. No index.
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A classic treatment of solids as systems of interacting particles.
About the Author
David Pines is research professor of physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has made pioneering contributions to an understanding of many-body problems in condensed matter and nuclear physics, and to theoretical astrophysics. Editor of Perseus Frontiers in Physics series and former editor of American Physical Societys Reviews of Modern Physics, Dr. Pines is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, a foreign member of the USSR Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Pines has received a number of awards, including the Eugene Feenberg Memorial Medal for Contributions to Many-Body Theory; the P.A.M. Dirac Silver Medal for the Advancement of Theoretical Physics; and the Friemann Prize in Condensed Matter Physics.
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