A Theory of Fields

Author: Neil Fligstein,Doug McAdam

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190241454

Category: Social Science

Page: 238

View: 2980

Finding ways to understand the nature of social change and social order-from political movements to market meltdowns-is one of the enduring problems of social science.A Theory of Fields draws together far-ranging insights from social movement theory, organizational theory, and economic and political sociology to construct a general theory of social organization and strategic action. In a work of remarkable synthesis, imagination, and analysis, Neil Fligstein and Doug McAdam propose that social change and social order can be understood through what they call strategic action fields. They posit that these fields are the general building blocks of political and economic life, civil society, and the state, and the fundamental form of order in our world today. Similar to Russian dolls, they are nested and connected in a broader environment of almost countless proximate and overlapping fields. Fields are mutually dependent; change in one often triggers change in another. At the core of the theory is an account of how social actors fashion and maintain order in a given field. This sociological theory of action, what they call "social skill," helps explain what individuals do in strategic action fields to gain cooperation or engage in competition. To demonstrate the breadth of the theory, Fligstein and McAdam make its abstract principles concrete through extended case studies of the Civil Rights Movement and the rise and fall of the market for mortgages in the U.S. since the 1960s. The book also provides a "how-to" guide to help others implement the approach and discusses methodological issues. With a bold new approach, A Theory of Fields offers both a rigorous and practically applicable way of thinking through and making sense of social order and change-and how one emerges from the other-in modern, complex societies.

The Quantum Theory of Fields

Author: Steven Weinberg

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521550017

Category: SCIENCE

Page: 635

View: 6375

Available for the first time in paperback, The Quantum Theory of Fields is a self-contained, comprehensive, and up-to-date introduction to quantum field theory from Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg. Volume I introduces the foundations of quantum field theory.

The Classical Theory of Fields


Author: Carl S. Helrich

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3642232051

Category: Science

Page: 446

View: 9627

The study of classical electromagnetic fields is an adventure. The theory is complete mathematically and we are able to present it as an example of classical Newtonian experimental and mathematical philosophy. There is a set of foundational experiments, on which most of the theory is constructed. And then there is the bold theoretical proposal of a field-field interaction from James Clerk Maxwell. This textbook presents the theory of classical fields as a mathematical structure based solidly on laboratory experiments. Here the student is introduced to the beauty of classical field theory as a gem of theoretical physics. To keep the discussion fluid, the history is placed in a beginning chapter and some of the mathematical proofs in the appendices. Chapters on Green’s Functions and Laplace’s Equation and a discussion of Faraday’s Experiment further deepen the understanding. The chapter on Einstein’s relativity is an integral necessity to the text. Finally, chapters on particle motion and waves in a dispersive medium complete the picture. High quality diagrams and detailed end-of-chapter questions enhance the learning experience.

Das metrische Wir

Über die Quantifizierung des Sozialen

Author: Steffen Mau

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518751727

Category: Political Science

Page: 300

View: 3154

Ob Bildung, Gesundheit oder Konsum: Über so ziemlich jeden Aspekt unserer Person und unseres Verhaltens werden inzwischen Daten gesammelt. Schritt für Schritt entsteht so eine Gesellschaft der Sternchen, Scores, Likes und Listen, in der alles und jeder ständig vermessen und bewertet wird. Das beginnt beim alljährlichen Hochschulranking, reicht über die Quantified-Self-Bewegung fitnessbegeisterter Großstädter, die über das Internet ihre Bestzeiten miteinander vergleichen, bis hin zur Beurteilung der Effizienz politischer Maßnahmen. Steffen Mau untersucht die Techniken dieser neuen Soziometrie und zeigt ihre Folgen auf. Die Bewertungssysteme der quantifizierten Gesellschaft, so sein zentraler Gedanke, bilden nicht einfach die Ungleichheiten in der Welt ab, sondern sind letztlich mitentscheidend bei der Verteilung von Lebenschancen.

Die Architektur der Märkte

Author: Neil Fligstein

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 9783531159645

Category: Social Science

Page: 263

View: 5823

Die Architektur der Märkte fasst grundlegende Schriften Neil Fligsteins aus verschiedenen Arbeitsphasen zusammen, in denen er eine wirtschaftssoziologische Sicht auf kapitalistische Gesellschaften entwickelt hat. Fligstein hat mit der These von der sozialen Konstruktion oder Architektur von Märkten auf die Bedeutung des Staates und der modernen Unternehmen aufmerksam gemacht und die institutionelle Rahmung des Wirtschaftslebens in den Mittelpunkt gerückt. Der Band hat nach seinem Erscheinen für große Aufmerksamkeit gesorgt und gilt zu Recht als eine der wegweisenden Aufsatzsammlungen der neueren Wirtschaftssoziologie.

Topics in the Theory of Algebraic Function Fields

Author: Gabriel Daniel Villa Salvador

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0817645152

Category: Mathematics

Page: 652

View: 5829

The fields of algebraic functions of one variable appear in several areas of mathematics: complex analysis, algebraic geometry, and number theory. This text adopts the latter perspective by applying an arithmetic-algebraic viewpoint to the study of function fields as part of the algebraic theory of numbers. The examination explains both the similarities and fundamental differences between function fields and number fields, including many exercises and examples to enhance understanding and motivate further study. The only prerequisites are a basic knowledge of field theory, complex analysis, and some commutative algebra.

Asymptotic Methods in the Theory of Gaussian Processes and Fields

Author: Vladimir I. Piterbarg

Publisher: American Mathematical Soc.

ISBN: 0821883313

Category: Mathematics

Page: 206

View: 4435

This book is devoted to a systematic analysis of asymptotic behavior of distributions of various typical functionals of Gaussian random variables and fields. The text begins with an extended introduction, which explains fundamental ideas and sketches the basic methods fully presented later in the book. Good approximate formulas and sharp estimates of the remainders are obtained for a large class of Gaussian and similar processes. The author devotes special attention to the development of asymptotic analysis methods, emphasizing the method of comparison, the double-sum method and the method of moments. The author has added an extended introduction and has significantly revised the text for this translation, particularly the material on the double-sum method.

Introduction to A Theory of Fields

Author: I. W. Mackintosh

Publisher: New Generation Publishing

ISBN: 1785076043

Category: Fiction

Page: 334

View: 6290

This book gives a simplified account of a new fundamental theory of physics. It is based on two postulates (or laws) and from these are derived a set of Field Equations. The solutions of these equations account for many of the features of modern physics. These solutions lead to the prediction of Newton's laws of motion and gravitation, Coulomb's law and electromagnetism, and the prediction of the values of the gravitational constant and the charge on the electron which are close to the measured values. They also lead to a formula for Plank's constant, and to SchrOdinger's equation and the basis for quantum mechanics. Particles are not points. Structures are proposed for the proton, neutron, electron, electron neutrino, muon, pion and kaons. The theory provides an account of the up, down, strange, charm and bottom quarks and the W^A and Z particles. The book is mathematical, but simplified as much as possible to make the book accessible to a wide range of readers.

Introduction to the Theory of Critical Phenomena

Mean Field, Fluctuations and Renormalization

Author: D. I. Uzunov

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789810203887

Category: Science

Page: 452

View: 3945

The sophistication of modern tools used in the study of statistical mechanics and field theory is often an obstacle to the easy understanding of new important current results reported in journals. The main purpose of this book is to introduce the reader to the methods of the fluctuation (field) theory of phase transitions and critical phenomena so as to provide a good source for research. The introductory contents are concerned with ideas of description, thermodynamic stability theory related to phase transitions, major experimental facts, basic models and their relationships. Special attention is paid to the mean field approximation and to the Landau expansion for simple and complex models of critical and multicritical phenomena. An instructive representation of the modern perturbation theory and the method of the renormalization group is developed for field models of phase transitions. The essential influence of the fluctuations on the critical behaviour is established together with the theory of correlation functions, Gaussian approximation, the Ginzburg criterion, ?- and 1/n- expansions as practical realizations of the renormalization group ideas. Applications of the theory to concrete aspects of condensed matter physics are considered: quantum effects, Bose condensation, crystal anisotropy, superconductors and liquid crystals, effects of disorder of type randomly distributed quenched impurities and random fields. This volume can be used as an advanced University course book for students with a basic knowledge of statistical physics and quantum mechanics. It could be considered as a complementary text to a standard University course on statistical physics.

Quantum Mechanics from General Relativity

An Approximation for a Theory of Inertia

Author: M. Sachs

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789027722478

Category: Science

Page: 227

View: 8312

This monograph is a sequel to my earlier work, General Relativity and Matter [1], which will be referred to henceforth as GRM. The monograph, GRM, focuses on the full set of implications of General Relativity Theory, as a fundamental theory of matter in all domains, from elementary particle physics to cosmology. It is shown there to exhibit an explicit unification of the gravitational and electromagnetic fields of force with the inertial manifestations of matter, expressing the latter explicitly in terms of a covariant field theory within the structure of this general theory. This monograph will focus, primarily, on the special relativistic limit of the part of this general field theory of matter that deals with inertia, in the domain where quantum mechanics has been evoked in contemporary physics as a funda mental explanation for the behavior of elementary matter. Many of the results presented in this book are based on earlier published works in the journals, which will be listed in the Bibliography. These results will be presented here in an expanded form, with more discussion on the motivation and explanation for the theoretical development of the subject than space would allow in normal journal articles, and they will be presented in one place where there would then be a more unified and coherent explication of the subject.

The Theory of Algebraic Number Fields

Author: David Hilbert

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783540627791

Category: Mathematics

Page: 351

View: 9066

A translation of Hilberts "Theorie der algebraischen Zahlkörper" best known as the "Zahlbericht", first published in 1897, in which he provides an elegantly integrated overview of the development of algebraic number theory up to the end of the nineteenth century. The Zahlbericht also provided a firm foundation for further research in the theory, and can be seen as the starting point for all twentieth century investigations into the subject, as well as reciprocity laws and class field theory. This English edition further contains an introduction by F. Lemmermeyer and N. Schappacher.

Klassische Feldtheorie

Author: Lev D. Landau,Evgenij M. Lifšic

Publisher: Harri Deutsch Verlag

ISBN: 9783817113279

Category: Electrodynamics

Page: 480

View: 5664

The Theory of Classical Valuations

Author: Paulo Ribenboim

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780387985251

Category: Mathematics

Page: 403

View: 6293

Valuation theory is used constantly in algebraic number theory and field theory, and is currently gaining considerable research interest. Ribenboim fills a unique niche in the literature as he presents one of the first introductions to classical valuation theory in this up-to-date rendering of the authors long-standing experience with the applications of the theory. The presentation is fully up-to-date and will serve as a valuable resource for students and mathematicians.

Develpments in the Theory of Fundamental Interactions

Author: L. Tuirko,A. Pekalski

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9783718601042

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 588

View: 3282

Presents recent achievements of the theory of fundamental interactions with emphasis on strong interactions and supergravity. Covers both the mathematical problems of quantum field theory and the phenomenological implications of quantum chromodynamics. Illustrates sophisticated mathematical methods by phenomenological results.

The Theory of Algebraic Numbers

Author: Harry Pollard,Harold G. Diamond

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486154378

Category: Mathematics

Page: 192

View: 1898

Excellent intro to basics of algebraic number theory. Gausian primes; polynomials over a field; algebraic number fields; algebraic integers and integral bases; uses of arithmetic in algebraic number fields; more. 1975 edition.

Quantum Theory of Fields

Author: Gregor Wentzel

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486174492

Category: Science

Page: 240

View: 1616

Written by a pioneer of quantum field theory, this introductory volume explores scalar fields, vector meson fields, quantum electrodynamics, quantization of electron wave field according to exclusion principle. 1949 edition.

Introduction to the Theory of Algebraic Functions of One Variable

Author: Claude Chevalley

Publisher: American Mathematical Soc.

ISBN: 0821815067

Category: Mathematics

Page: 188

View: 1327

Presents an approach to algebraic geometry of curves that is treated as the theory of algebraic functions on the curve. This book discusses such topics as the theory of divisors on a curve, the Riemann-Roch theorem, $p$-adic completion, and extensions of the fields of functions (covering theory) and of the fields of constants.

Electromagnetic Field Theory

A Collection of Problems

Author: Gerd Mrozynski,Matthias Stallein

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3834821780

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 272

View: 4119

After a brief introduction into the theory of electromagnetic fields and the definition of the field quantities the book teaches the analytical solution methods of Maxwell’s equations by means of several characteristic examples. The focus is on static and stationary electric and magnetic fields, quasi stationary fields, and electromagnetic waves. For a deeper understanding, the many depicted field patterns are very helpful. The book offers a collection of problems and solutions which enable the reader to understand and to apply Maxwell’s theory for a broad class of problems including classical static problems right up to waveguide eigenvalue problems.