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Based on lectures given in an advanced course in the theory of solids at the University of Illinois in 1961, this text continues to fill the need to communicate the present view of a solid as a system of interacting particles which, under suitable circumstances, behaves like a collection of nearly independent elementary excitations. In addition to introducing basic concepts, the author frequently refers to experimental data. For the most part, both the basic theory and the applications discussed deal with the behavior of "simple" metals, such as the alkali metals, rather than the "complicated" metals, such as the transition metals and the rare earths. Problems have been included for most of the chapters.
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David Pines (born June 8, 1924) is the founding director of the Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter (ICAM) and the International Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter (I2CAM) (respectively, US wide and international institutions dedicated to research in and the understanding of emergent phenomena), distinguished professor of physics, UC Davis, research professor of physics and professor emeritus of physics and electrical and computer engineering in the Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a staff member in the office of the Materials, Physics, and Applications Division at Los Alamos.
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