Equilibrium and Non-Equilibrium Statistical Thermodynamics

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April 2004



This graduate-level book presents a self-contained exposition of fundamental topics in modern equilibrium and nonequilibrium statistical thermodynamics. The text follows a balanced approach between the macroscopic (thermodynamic) and microscopic (statistical) points of view. One notable feature is the large number of problems. Simple applications are given in 71 exercises, while more elaborate challenges are contained in 47 problems, some of which are useful for student projects.


Preface; 1. Thermodynamics; 2. Statistical entropy and Boltzmann distribution; 3. Canonical and grand canonical ensembles: applications; 4. Critical phenomena; 5. Quantum statistics; 6. Irreversible processes: macroscopic theory; 7. Numerical simulations; 8. Irreversible processes: kinetic theory; 9. Topics in non-equilibrium statistical mechanics; Appendices; References; Index.


Michel le Bellac is Emeritus Professor at the Physics Department of the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis. Fabrice Mortessagne is Maitre de Conferences at the Physics Department of the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis. G. George Batrouni is Professor of Physics at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis.


Review of the hardback: 'This book is an impressive contribution to the available selection of graduate statistical mechanics texts. ... The book is fun to browse because it contains many appealing informational nuggets. It also has an authoritative air and one can comfortably delve deeply into a particular section without feeling lost. ... this is an excellent book with a consistently high level of pedagogy throughout. I enthusiastically recommend it for any serious student of statistical physics.' Sidney Redner, Profess of Physics at Boston University Review of the hardback: 'This book contains both thermodynamics (macroscopic) and statistical mechanics (microscopic) which makes it ideal for teaching and research purposes. The 'problems' and 'exercises' sections should be invaluable for postgraduate studies.' Materials World
EAN: 9780521821438
ISBN: 0521821436
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2004
Seitenanzahl: 634 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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