This book is for any physicist interested in new vistas in the domain of non-crystalline condensed matter, aperiodic and quasi-crystalline networks and especially glass physics and chemistry. Students with an elementary background in thermodynamics and statistical physics will find the book accessible. The physics of glasses is extensively covered, focusing on their thermal and mechanical properties, as well as various models leading to the formation of the glassy states of matter from overcooled liquids. The models of agglomeration and growth are also applied to describe the formation of quasicrystals, fullerenes and, in biology, to describe virus assembly pathways.
Self-Similarity; Topological and Statistical Properties of Networks; Bonds and Interactions in Networks; Stochastic Agglomeration Model; Model of Quasi-Crystalline Growth; Nucleation and Growth of Fullerenes; Icosahedral Virus Capsid Growth; Glasses and Their Properties; Kinetics of Crystallization in Liquids; Stochastic Agglomeration Model of Glass Transition; Ternary and Multicomponent Glasses. Immiscibility; Glass Transition and the Cooling Rate; Rigidity, Connectivity and Homogeneity in Glasses.