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An Introduction to Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics

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This text presents the two complementary aspects of thermal physics as an integrated theory of the properties of matter. Conceptual understanding is promoted by thorough development of basic concepts. In contrast to many texts, statistical mechanics, including discussion of the required probability theory, is presented first. This provides a statistical foundation for the ...more
Hardcover, 401 pages
Published May 4th 2012 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published February 27th 2012)
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Karpur Shukla
May 17, 2015 Karpur Shukla rated it it was amazing
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This book is *the* book to go through if you want to understand statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. Many textbooks leave a tremendous amount to be desired, and even the previous standard-bearer Callen (Swendsen's graduate advisor) falls short compared to this one. The book is written by someone with a deep and tremendously insightful understanding of statistical mechanics, and at the same time is fully aware of the struggles that students learning a new subject for the very first time have ...more
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