The authors give a fascinating, up-to-date account of the exciting advances in these fast-moving fields. Their emphasis is as much on describing natural phenomena as on attempting to explain them in terms of basic principles, replacing equations with physical insight. General readers and university undergraduates alike will find this unique book a useful guide to the worlds of modern physics, while the mature scientist will get an insightful survey of neighboring fields of research. For the teacher who takes a thematic approach to teaching physics, this book will be a complete source of current topics at the frontiers of research; and for the student, a valuable tool of study, made even more useful by numerous pertinent problems (with complete solutions) and references found at the end of each chapter.q--pub. desc.... coastlines, mountain ranges, fractures, crumpled paper balls, diffusion-limited aggregates (spongy masses), biological sponges, foams, human and animal lungs, human cortex foldings, protein surface folds. ... Smaller and smaller triangles keep sprouting on the sides and finally we have a zig-zag contour that is irregular on all length scales in a self-similar fashion, resembling a snowflake ( Fig. 7.13).
|Title||:||Invitation to Contemporary Physics|
|Author||:||Quang Ho-Kim, Narendra Kumar Kumar, Harry C. S. Lam|
|Publisher||:||World Scientific - 2004-01-01|