Recently statistical mechanics has--quite unexpectedly--made contact with, and served to inspire a succession of revolutionary developments in fields which (such as knot theory) appear on their face to have nothing to do with statistical mechanics. The present volume provides researchers with reprints of seven of the papers which have played roles central to these spectacular developments. Included are papers by C.N. Yang, by L. Faddeev, by A.B. Zamolodchikov (qExact solutions of conformal field theory in two dimensions and critical phenomenaq), by J. Frolich (two papers, including qStatistics of fields, the Yang-Baxter equation, and the theory of knots and linksq), by K.H. Rehren and B. Schroer (qEinstein causality and Artin braidsq) and by L.H. Kauffman (qStatistical mechanics and the Jones polynomialq). (NW) Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, ORThe connection between statistics of fields and monodromy of Euclidean Green functions will be discussed in some detail in ... in four-dimensional gauge theories, and by Wilson loops and vortex operators in three-dimensional Higgs models.

Title | : | New Problems, Methods and Techniques in Quantum Field Theory and Statistical Mechanics |

Author | : | Mario Rasetti |

Publisher | : | World Scientific - 1990-01-01 |

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