Soft Order in Physical Systems

  • Y. Rabin
  • R. Bruinsma

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 323)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. An Historical Perspective (Une Perspective Historique)

  3. Review Papers

    1. P. Boltenhagen, M. Kleman, O. D. Lavrentovich
      Pages 5-32
    2. Elie Raphaël, P.-G. de Gennes
      Pages 57-71
  4. Research Papers

    1. Polymer Physics

      1. J. Bastide, F. Boué, E. Mendes, A. Hakiki, A. Ramzi, J. Herz
        Pages 99-102
      2. Jyotsana Lal, Jacques Bastide, Rama Bansil, Francois Boué
        Pages 113-116
      3. Kurt Kremer, Mark J. Stevens, Philip A. Pincus
        Pages 117-123
      4. Sergei Nechaev, Alexander Grosberg
        Pages 125-128
      5. U. Steiner, J. Klein, E. Eiser, A. Budkowski, L. Fetters
        Pages 133-136
    2. Crystallography

      1. Dan Shechtman
        Pages 137-140
    3. Dynamics of Disordered Systems / Glasses

      1. Yossi Lereah, Guy Deutscher
        Pages 141-143
      2. A. Brokman, A. J. Vilenkin
        Pages 145-149
      3. Semjon Stepanow, Thomas Nattermann, Lei-Han Tang, Heiko Leschhorn
        Pages 155-158
    4. Percolation, Diffusion and Fractons

      1. Jean-Marc Debierre
        Pages 159-162
      2. S. Havlin, M. Araujo, H. Larralde, H. E. Stanley, P. Trunfio
        Pages 167-171
      3. L. Malier, J. P. Boilot, F. Chaput, F. Devreux
        Pages 173-176
      4. René Vacher, Eric Courtens
        Pages 185-189
    5. Surfactants and Liquid Crystals

      1. Sylvie Cohen-Addad, David Quéré
        Pages 195-198
      2. X. Michalet, D. Bensimon, B. Fourcade
        Pages 199-202
  5. Science and Society

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 229-236

About this book


A humoristic view of the physics of soft matter, which nevertheless has a ring of truth to it, is that it is an ill-defined subject which deals with ill-condensed matter by ill-defined methods. Although, since the Nobel prize was awarded to Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, this subject can be no longer shrugged-away as "sludge physics" by the physics community, it is still not viewed universally as "main­ stream" physics. While, at first glance, this may be considered as another example of inertia, a case of the "establishment" against the "newcomer", the roots of this prejudice are much deeper and can be traced back to Roger Bacon's conception about the objectivity of science. All of us would agree with the weaker form of this idea which simply says that the final results of our work should be phrased in an observer-independent way and be communicable to anybody who made the effort to learn this language. There exists, however, a stronger form of this idea according to which the above criteria of "objectivity" and "communicability" apply also to the process of scientific inquiry. The fact that major progress in the physics of soft matter was made in apparent violation of this approach, by applying intuition to problems which appeared to defy rigorous analysis, may explain why many physicists feel somewhat ill-at-ease with this subject.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Y. Rabin
    • 1
  • R. Bruinsma
    • 2
  1. 1.Bar-Ilan UniversityRamat GanIsrael
  2. 2.University of California at Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Plenum Press, New York 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-6046-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-2458-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-1221
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