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ISSN: 2052-5206

Fundamentals of solid-state phase transitions, ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity. By Yuri Mnyukh. Bloomington, IN: 1st Books Library , 2002. Price USD 23.95 (hardback), USD 18.95 (paperback), USD 16.95 (electronic book 8350k). ISBN 0-75960-219-0.

Theory and experiments on solid-state phase transitions, especially relating to ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity, have a very long history. They are documented and discussed in substantial books and a voluminous literature. This review of the subject, following a Critical Survey, has chapters on the Molecular mechanism of solid-state phase transitions, `Lambda-anomalies' and other apparent anomalies, and Fundamentals of ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity. Throughout the text there are conventional and alternative descriptions offered of these phenomena as well as six appendices describing earlier debates.

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