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Statistical Mechanics explains the subject in simple and clear language, to help students understand the fundamental principles of this branch of modern physics.
Summary Of The Book
Statistical Mechanics is a method of understanding and predicting the behavior of physical systems by analyzing the behavior of its composite particles. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to this field of study. Statistical mechanics involves studying thermodynamic phenomena like heat, entropy, free energy and work at a molecular level. By studying the properties of composite particles, the observer can understand the behavior of the macroscopic system.
This book thoroughly explains the process of applying statistical methods to study the behavior of a system. It explains the various principles and theories that form the basis of the study and also covers the modern advances in the field.
It explains the framework for applying statistical principles and probability theory in studying the thermodynamics of a number of physical systems. By studying the average behavior of a huge number of small particles, the observer can make predictions using probability theory about the behavior of the composite entity that is composed of the small particles.
This book goes into many topics like The Laws of Thermodynamics, Transport Phenomena, The Problem of Kinetic Theory, Classical and Quantum Statistical Mechanics and Approximate Methods. It explains concepts like Bose and Fermi systems, and Superfluids. It discusses the Quantum Hall effect and many current research applications of statistical mechanics. The final three chapters of the book discuss the Landau-Wilson methods of studying critical phenomena.
Statistical Mechanics also contains illustrations and problems to reinforce the principles and techniques outlined in the text. All these make this up-to-date book a popular choice among students.
About Kerson Huang
Kerson Huang is a theoretical physicist.
Fundamental Forces of Nature: The Story of Gauge Fields, Introduction to Statistical Physics, and Quantum Field Theory: From Operators to Path Integrals are some of his other books.
Kerson Huang is a Chinese-American physicist. He was born in China in 1928 and grew up in Philippines. He obtained his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and later became a member of the faculty of MIT. He is an authority on statistical physics, and since retirement, he has also written on biophysics. He is now a visiting professor at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University.
· The Laws of Thermodynamics
· Some Applications of Thermodynamics
· The Problem of Kinetic Theory
· The Equilibrium State of a Dilute Gas
· Transport Phenomena
· Classical Statistical Mechanics
· Canonical Ensemble and Grand Canonical Ensemble
· Quantum Statistical Mechanics
· General Properties of the Partition Function
· Approximate Methods
· Fermi Systems
· Bose Systems
· Ising Model
· Onsager Solution
· Critical Phenomena
· The Landau Approach
· Renormalization Group
4 Jan, 2015
Concise and Good
28 Jun, 2014