Covering the elementary aspects of the physics of phases transitions and the renormalization group, this popular book is widely used both for core graduate statistical mechanics courses as well as for more specialized courses. Emphasizing understanding and clarity rather than technical manipulation, these lectures de-mystify the subject and show precisely "how things work." Goldenfeld keeps in mind a reader who wants to understand why things are done, what the results are, and what in principle can go wrong. The book reaches both experimentalists and theorists, students and even active researchers, and assumes only a prior knowledge of statistical mechanics at the introductory graduate level.Advanced, never-before-printed topics on the applications of renormalization group far from equilibrium and to partial differential equations add to the uniqueness of this book.

chapter 1|17 pages


chapter 2|61 pages

How Phase Transitions Occur in Principle

chapter 3|32 pages

How Phase Transitions Occur in Practice

chapter 4|18 pages

Critical Phenomena in Fluids

chapter 5|31 pages

Landau Theory

chapter 7|11 pages

Anomalous Dimensions

chapter 9|57 pages

The Renormalisation Group

chapter 10|48 pages

Anomalous Dimensions Far from Equilibrium

chapter 11|16 pages

Continuous Symmetry

chapter 12|38 pages

Critical Phenomena Near Four Dimensions