This outstanding book serves as both an introductory research work and a graduate text on condensed matter physics. It is also accessible to plasma physicists and their students. The emphasis is on applications to a variety of systems and phenomena rather than theoretical derivations and techniques. Experimentalists who wish to obtain a feel for the theories involved in these systems will find careful explanations for many of the most active areas of work in physics today. The chapters are self-contained and can be read independently. In total, this text gives the beginning researcher a solid foundation upon which to build his or her knowledge of this tremendously rich and growing field. It will be read with interest by graduate students and researchers in condensed matter and solid state physics, plasma physics, and many-body theory.Isihara, Akira is the author of 'Condensed Matter Physics', published 1991 under ISBN 9780195062861 and ISBN 0195062868.