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Aperiodic Order

Volume 1. A Mathematical Invitation

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Part of Encyclopedia of Mathematics and its Applications

Roger Penrose
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  • Date Published: September 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521869911

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  • Quasicrystals are non-periodic solids that were discovered in 1982 by Dan Shechtman, Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry 2011. The underlying mathematics, known as the theory of aperiodic order, is the subject of this comprehensive multi-volume series. This first volume provides a graduate-level introduction to the many facets of this relatively new area of mathematics. Special attention is given to methods from algebra, discrete geometry and harmonic analysis, while the main focus is on topics motivated by physics and crystallography. In particular, the authors provide a systematic exposition of the mathematical theory of kinematic diffraction. Numerous illustrations and worked-out examples help the reader to bridge the gap between theory and application. The authors also point to more advanced topics to show how the theory interacts with other areas of pure and applied mathematics.

    • An accessible introduction suitable for graduate students in science
    • The first of a comprehensive multi-volume series covering aperiodic order and its applications
    • Includes over 150 illustrations and examples
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    "Mathematicians add hypotheses to theorems either to bar known monsters or provisionally to enable proof, pending better ideas that lead to more general results … Monsters no more, aperiodic filings have joined mainstream mathematics, and undergraduates drawn here by beautiful graphics will find themselves initiated into algebraic number theory, Lie theory, ergodic theory, dynamical systems, finite-state automata, Fourier analysis, and more."
    D. V. Feldman, University of New Hampshire

    'Aperiodic Order is a comprehensive introduction to this relatively new and multidisciplinary field. Sparked by Dan Shechtman’s discovery of quasicrystals in 1982, which earned him the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the field incorporates crystallography, discrete geometry, dynamical systems, harmonic analysis, mathematical diffraction theory, and more. Because the field spans such disparate fields, advances by one group often go unnoticed by the other. An important goal of this book is to remedy this by unifying and contextualizing results and providing a common language for researchers. … Readers who want to follow up on any details can certainly find a reference in the nearly 30 pages of bibliographic entries. Full of examples, construction techniques, and an array of analytic tools, this book is an outstanding resource for those hoping to enter the field, yet also contains plenty of useful information for seasoned experts.' Natalie Priebe Frank, Mathematical Association of America

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    • Date Published: September 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521869911
    • length: 552 pages
    • dimensions: 242 x 161 x 33 mm
    • weight: 1.08kg
    • contains: 145 b/w illus. 18 colour illus. 10 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Roger Penrose
    1. Introduction
    2. Preliminaries
    3. Lattices and crystals
    4. Symbolic substitutions and inflations
    5. Patterns and tilings
    6. Inflation tilings
    7. Projection method and model sets
    8. Fourier analysis and measures
    9. Diffraction
    10. Beyond model sets
    11. Random structures
    A. The icosahedral group
    Appendix B. The dynamical spectrum

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    Michael Baake, Uwe Grimm

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    Michael Baake, Universität Bielefeld, Germany
    Michael Bakke is a Professor of Mathematics at Bielefeld University, Germany. He has been working on the theory of quasicrystals since 1987 and during that time organised several international meetings on the mathematics of aperiodic order, including workshops at Banff, Oberwolfach and the Erwin Schrödinger Institute in Vienna.

    Uwe Grimm, The Open University, Milton Keynes
    Uwe Grimm is a Professor of Mathematics in the Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology at the Open University, Milton Keynes. He has been working on the mathematics and physics of aperiodically ordered systems for nearly 20 years. He co-organised the 6th International Conference on Aperiodic Crystals in Liverpool in 2009 and is a member of the Commission on Aperiodic Crystals of the International Union of Crystallography.


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