Famous Asymptotic Series

Our statement that elastic theory has zero radius of convergence does not mean that we don't trust it! It shares this property with many of the most useful theories we have. In fact, one might think from these examples that zero radius of convergence makes the theory better...


Last modified: May 24, 1997

James P. Sethna, sethna@lassp.cornell.edu

Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters, and Complexity, now available at Oxford University Press (USA, Europe).