This book contains selected papers of Jurg Froehlich, one of the most outstanding mathematical physicists of our time, on the subject of statistical mechanics. In an extensive introduction, Jurg Froehlich sets his results into a wider context and gives precious information on the genesis of his work from both a historical and a methodological perspective. It is not only an overview of current and future research directions in statistical mechanics, but also relates this subject with other branches of contemporary physics and mathematics.
All papers in this collection bear Jurg Froehlich's signature in terms of a delicate balance between mathematical rigor and physical significance. They cover thirty years of his work on statistical physics, ranging from the most basic foundational questions in atomism and thermodynamics via the description of phase transitions and critical phenomena up to disordered systems and the study of many-body systems in condensed matter physics, including the quantum Hall effect. The wide range of topics covered in this compendium reflects the breadth of Jurg Froehlich's interests, and the last chapters reveal an outlook towards some of his more recent research areas.
0. Introduction 1. Foundations of Statistical Mechanics 2. Phase Transitions and Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking 3. Hard Problems in One and Two Dimensions 4. Critical Phenomena - Random Walks and Conformal Field Theory 5. Disordered Systems - From Anderson Localization to Spin Glasses 6. When Quantum Mechanics Matters - Magnetism, Bose Gases and Quantum Hall Effect