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"The book consists mainly of materials for an advanced master course. … The book focusses on the modeling of mechanics, where the concept of a model shall be understood in its broadest sense, namely as a mathematical structure which describes mechanical phenomena. … A list of notations and an index are helpful to the reader. The little book with about 200 pages tackles many theories and concepts, without going much into detail." (Albrecht Bertram, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1115 (17), 2007)
"This work is based on the author’s lectures on the lace expansion and its applications … . It contains the recent developments in the analysis of the lace expansion and the scaling limits of the critical objects discovered since the publication … . It also contains further applications of the lace expansion to other models and an extensive list of references. … The subject is still growing, and studying the lecture notes by Slade is a good starting point to learn the subject." (Akira Sakai, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2007 m)