A thoroughly modern graduate-level introduction to the theory of critical behaviour.
Provides an introduction to the concepts which underlie modern understanding of the behavior of complicated physical systems which exhibit the property of scale invariance or self-similarity. Chapters cover a brief review of phase transitions and mean field theory, phase diagrams, fixed points, perturbative renormalization methods, random systems, percolation, among other topics, closing with an appendix on Gaussian integration. Many problems are included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)