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Author Anderson, P. W. (Philip W.), 1923-

Title A career in theoretical physics / Philip W. Anderson
Edition Second edition
Published [Hackensack] N.J. : World Scientific, [2004]
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Description 1 online resource (xix, 862 pages) : illustrations
Series World Scientific series in 20th century physics ; v. 35
World Scientific series in 20th century physics ; v. 35
Contents More is different -- 1. Pressure broadening in the microwave and infrared regions -- 2. Theory of ferroelectric behavior of barium titanate -- 3. Use of stochastic methods in line-broadening problems -- 4. An approximate quantum theory of the antiferromagnetic ground state -- 5. Qualitative considerations on the statistics of the phase transition in BaTiO[subscript 3]-type ferroelectrics -- 6. Ordering and antiferromagnetism in ferrites -- 7. Absence of diffusion in certain random lattices -- 8. New method in the theory of superconductivity -- 9. New approach to the theory of superexchange interactions -- 10. Theory of dirty superconductors -- 11. Calculation of the superconducting state parameters with retarded electron-phonon interaction / P. Morel -- 12. Generalized Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer states and the proposed low-temperature phase of liquid He[superscript 3] / P. Morel -- 13. Localized magnetic states in metals -- 14. Plasmons, gauge invariance, and mass -- 15. Hard superconductivity : theory of the motion of Abrikosov flux lines / Y.B. Kim -- 16. Probable observation of the Josephson superconducting tunneling effect / J.M. Rowell -- 17. Image of the phonon spectrum in the tunneling characteristic between superconductors / J.M. Rowell and D.E. Thomas -- 18. Exchange in magnetic insulators -- 19. Superconductivity (two opinions) / B.T. Matthias -- 20. Coherent matter field phenomena in superfluids -- 21. Considerations on the flow of superfluid helium -- 22. Multiple-scattering theory and resonances in transition metals / W.L. McMillan -- 23. Infrared catastrophe in Fermi gases with local scattering potentials -- 24. The Kondo effect I -- The Kondo effect II -- Kondo effect III : the wilderness -- mainly theoretical -- Kondo effect IV : out of the wilderness -- 25. Superconductivity in the past and the future -- 26. Macroscopic coherence and superfluidity -- 27. The Fermi glass : theory and experiment -- 28. Space-time and scaling techniques in the Kondo problem -- 29. Anomalous low-temperature thermal properties of glasses and spin glasses / B.I. Halperin and C.M. Varma -- 30. Comments on the maximum superconducting transition temperature / M.L. Cohen -- Comment on "model for an exciton mechanism of superconductivity" / J.C. Inkson -- 31. Resonating valence bonds : a new kind of insulator? -- 32. Anisotropic superfluidity in [superscript 3]He : a possible interpretation of its stability as a spin-fluctuation effect / W.F. Brinkman -- 33. Conference summary -- 34. Asymptotically exact methods in the Kondo problem / G. Yuval -- 35. Many-body effects at surfaces -- 36. Conductivity from charge or spin density waves / P.A. Lee and T.M. Rice -- 37. Uses of solid state analogies in elementary particle theory -- 38. Possible consequences of negative U centers in amorphous materials -- 39. Theory of spin glasses / S.F. Edwards -- 40. Solution of "solvable model of a spin glass" / D.J. Thouless and R.G. Palmer -- 41. Phase slippage without vortex cores : vortex textures in superfluid [superscript 3]He / G. Toulouse -- 42. Scaling theory of localization : absence of quantum diffusion in two dimensions / E. Abrahams, D.C. Licciardello and T.V. Ramakrishnan -- 43. Some general thoughts about broken symmetry -- 44. The rheology of neutron stars : vortex line pinning in the crust superfluid / M.A. Alpar, D. Pines and J. Shaham -- 45. Localization redux -- 46. New method for scaling theory of localization : II : multi-channel theory of a "wire" and possible extension to higher dimensionality -- 47. Definition and measurement of the electrical and thermal resistances / H.-L. Engquist -- 48. Suggested model for prebiotic evolution : the use of chaos -- 49. Chemical pseudopotentials -- 50. Spin glass Hamiltonians : a bridge between biology, statistical mechanics and computer science -- 51. Measurement in quantum theory and the problem of complex systems -- 52. It's not over till the fat lady sings -- 53. Spin glass I : a scaling law rescued -- Spin glass II : is there a phase transition? -- Spin glass III : theory raises its head -- Spin glass IV : glimmerings of trouble -- Spin glass V : real power brought to bear -- Spin glass VI : spin glass as cornucopia -- Spin glass VII : spin glass as paradigm -- 54. Epilogue -- 55. Present status of theory : 1/N approach -- 56. The problem of fluctuating valence in f-electron metals -- 57. Gutzwiller-Hubbard lattice-gas model with variable density : application to normal liquid [superscript 3]He / D. Vollhardt and P. Wolfle -- 58. Some ideas on the aesthetics of science -- 59. Theoretical paradigms for the sciences of complexity -- 60. 50 years of the Mott phenomenon : insulators, magnets, solids, and superconductors as aspects of strong-repulsion theory -- 61. Theories of Fullerene T[subscript c]'s which will not work -- 62. The Reverend Thomas Bayes, needles in haystacks, and the fifth force -- 63. The eightfold way to the theory of complexity : a prologue -- 64. Magnetic field induced confinement in strongly correlated anisotropic materials / S.P. Strong and D.G. Clarke -- 65. Physics : the opening to complexity -- 66. Beyond chaos : singular distributions and power laws -- 67. Essay review -- science : a 'dappled world' or a 'seamless web'? -- 68. RVB redux : a synergistic theory of high T[subscript c] cuprates -- 69. Physics of the pseudogap phase of high T[subscript c] cuprates, or, RVB meets Umklapp -- 70. In praise of unstable fixed points : the way things actually work -- 71. Rise of complexity, 1953-2002 -- 72. The physics behind high-temperature superconducting cuprates : the 'plain vanilla' version of RVB / P.A. Lee, M. Randeria, T.M. Rice, N. Trivedi and F.C. Zhang
Summary "This unique volume presents the scientific achievements of Nobel laureate Philip W. Anderson, spanning the many years of his career. In this new edition, the author has omitted some review papers as well as added over 15 of his research papers. As in the first edition, he provides an introduction to each paper by explaining the genesis of the papers or adding some personal history." "A Career in Theoretical Physics is an essential source of reference for physicists, chemists, materials scientists and historians of science. It is also suitable reading for graduate students."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Mathematical physics.
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