Science and Advanced Math

Westview Press is proud to publish science and math classics like the new second edition of Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos by Steven H. Strogatz. Explore our science and math offerings for essential texts for your courses!

Plasma Astrophysics

Toshiki Tajima; Kazunari Shibata

First Edition • January 4, 2002 • 512 pages

Print: $70.00 USD/$52.50 CAD

The twentieth century has witnessed the transformation of astronomy from celestial mechanics to astrophysics. While optical telescopes may have presented a peek into the structure of the constituents of the universe, such as stars and galaxies, new windows of observation have revealed far more amorphous objects, from nebulae and sheets…

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The Eightfold Way

Murray Gell-Mann

First Edition • October 1, 2000 • 400 pages

Print: $54.00 USD/$61.50 CAD

This monograph presents thirty research papers dealing with the classification of strongly interacting particles and their interaction according to the eightfold way. In each chapter the authors’ commentary introduces the reprints.

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Energy and Environment in the Transition Economies: Between Cold War and Global Warming

William Chandler

First Edition • September 1, 2000 • 248 pages

Print: $41.00 USD/$47.50 CAD

      Energy and environmental issues in the former Soviet sphere rank as global policy priorities for three reasons. First, civilian application of military nuclear materials multiplies the threat of terrorism. Second, Russian and Caspian oil resources affect world markets, Western energy security, and regional stability. Third, climate change…

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Talking About Leaving: Why Undergraduates Leave the Sciences

Elaine Seymour

First Edition • August 1, 2000 • 444 pages

Print: $59.00 USD/$57.50 CAD • Ebook: $36.99 USD/$42.99 CAD

This intriguing book explores the reasons that lead undergraduates of above-average ability to switch from science, mathematics, and engineering majors into nonscience majors. Based on a three-year, seven-campus study, the volume takes up the ongoing national debate about the quality of undergraduate education in these fields, offering explanations for net…

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Quantum Kinematics and Dynamic


First Edition • July 1, 2000 • 400 pages

Print: $66.00 USD/$27.50 CAD • Ebook: $43.99 USD/$49.99 CAD

A classic from 1969, this book is based on a series of lectures delivered at the Les Houches Summer School of Theoretical Physics in 1955. The book outlines a general scheme of quantum kinematics and dynamics.

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Qualitative Methods in Quantum Theory


First Edition • July 1, 2000 • 462 pages

Print: $65.00 USD/$57.50 CAD

This unique book, written by a leading Soviet theorist, is not a textbook of quantum mechanics but rather a compendium of the tricks of the trade-the methods that all practicing theoretical physicists use but few have set down in writing.

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Modern Theory of Critical Phenomena


First Edition • July 1, 2000 • 582 pages

Print: $59.00 USD/$27.50 CAD

An important contributor to our current understanding of critical phenomena, Ma introduces the beginner—especially the graduate student with no previous knowledge of the subject-to fundamental theoretical concepts such as mean field theory, the scaling hypothesis, and the renormalization group. He then goes on to apply the renormalization group to selected…

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An Introduction To the Theory of Superfluidity


First Edition • July 1, 2000 • 224 pages

Print: $54.00 USD/$37.50 CAD

A classic from 1965, this book covers the main aspects of the theory of quantum liquids, including the elementary excitation spectrum, hydrodynamics, and kinetic phenomena. The book requires no special training and assumes only general knowledge of the fundamentals of theoretical physics. It was developed from studies at the Institute…

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Density Waves in Solids


First Edition • July 1, 2000 • 286 pages

Print: $56.00 USD/$27.50 CAD • Ebook: $36.99 USD/$42.99 CAD

Density Waves in Solids is written for graduate students and scientists interested in solid-state sciences. It discusses the theoretical and experimental state of affairs of two novel types of broken symmetry ground states of metals, charge, and spin density waves. These states arise as the consequence of electron-phonon and electron-electron…

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Feynman Lectures on Computation

Richard P. Feynman; Anthony Hey

First Edition • July 1, 2000 • 320 pages

Print: $55.00 USD/$47.50 CAD

Between 1984 and 1986, when Richard P. Feynman gave his famous course on computation at the California Institute of Technology, he asked Tony Hey to adapt his lecture notes into a book. Although led by Feynman, the course also featured, as occasional guest speakers, some of the most brilliant men…

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