Modern Challenges in Statistical Mechanics: Patterns, Noise, and the Interplay of Nonlinearity and Complexity; Pan Advanced Studies Insitute. Bariloche, Argentina 2-15 June 2002

This proceedings volume of the PASI (Pan American Advanced Studies Institute) covers topics in pattern formation, noise induced phenomena, the interplay of nonlinearity and complexity, and the methodology of statistical mechanics. The first set of articles concern general methodology and the second covers various topics of biophysical interest. The final group of articles focuses on a number of timely applications including chemical systems and granular materials.