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Statistical Mechanics, Third Edition Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0123821881 ISBN-10: 0123821886 Edition: 3rd

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  • Paperback: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 3 edition (February 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123821886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123821881
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 7.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This third edition includes new sections on Bose-Einstein condensation and degenerate Fermi behavior of ultracold atomic gases, and two new chapters on computer simulation methods and the thermodynamics of the early universe. We have also added new sections on chemical and phase equilibrium, and expanded our discussions of correlations and scattering, quantized fields, finite-size effects, and the fluctuation-dissipation theorem. We hope this new edition will continue to provide new generations of students with a solid training in the methods of statistical physics.

  • Bose-Einstein condensation in atomic gases
  • Thermodynamics of the early universe -Computer simulations: Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics
  • Correlation functions and scattering
  • Fluctuation-dissipation theorem and the dynamical structure factor
  • Chemical equilibrium
  • Exact solution of the two-dimensional Ising model for finite systems
  • Degenerate atomic Fermi gases
  • Exact solutions of one-dimensional fluid models
  • Interactions in ultracold Bose and Fermi gases
  • Brownian motion of anisotropic particles and harmonic oscillators

About this Edition

This third edition includes new sections on Bose-Einstein condensation and degenerate Fermi behavior of ultracold atomic gases, and two new chapters on computer simulation methods and the thermodynamics of the early universe. We have also added new sections on chemical and phase equilibrium, and expanded our discussions of correlations and scattering, quantized fields, finite-size effects and the fluctuation-dissipation theorem. We hope this new edition will continue to provide new generations of students with a solid training in the methods of statistical physics.


New this Edition
  • Bose–Einstein condensation and degenerate Fermi gas behavior in ultracold atomic gases
  • Finite-size scaling behavior of Bose-Einstein condensates
  • Thermodynamics of the early universe
  • Chemical equilibrium
  • Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulations
  • Correlation functions and scattering
  • Fluctuation-dissipation theorem and the dynamical structure factor
  • Phase equilibrium and the Clausius-Clapeyron equation
  • Exact solutions of one-dimensional fluid models
  • Exact solution of the two-dimensional Ising model on a finite lattice
  • Summary of thermodynamic assemblies and associated statistical ensembles
  • Pseudorandom number generators
  • Dozens of new homework problems

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'This is an excellent book from which to learn the methods and results of statistical mechanics.'
Nature

'A well written graduate-level text for scientists and engineers... Highly recommended for graduate-level libraries.'
Choice

'This book provides a very clear exposition of the main ideas and
techniques of statistical physics.'
ZENTRALBLATT FUR MATHEMATIK, FEB '97

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joe Jordan on December 18, 2012
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This is a book on statistical mechanics written for physicists. While most books dedicate a chapter or so to the treatment of stat mech. of quantum systems, this book uses the statistics of quantum systems as its foundations. While this means that the reader must possess a very firm grounding in quantum, it does eliminate some 'problems' of stat mech. such as the Gibbs paradox. It also makes some of the derivations simpler because once the quantum version of a phenomenon has been derived, the classical limit generally follows immediately. This book is not an easy read. I found that the equations were not always well motivated in the text. Even so, there are usually references to previous equations that will help in the understanding of whatever the current section is covering. One thing that I really like about this book is that the equations are numbered by sections and only the equations that are referenced in the text are given labels so that you don't wind up with numbering that goes into the hundreds (I realize that this is purely a stylistic point but it makes a difference in the readability in my view). I did have a hard time following the chapters on phase transitions and critical phenomena, but after reading parts of Statistical and Thermal Physics: With Computer Applications, which has a very good treatment of this subject, I was able to come back and understand it a bit better. I also found the chapter on the stat mech. of the early universe quite interesting even if it seemed rather tangential to the rest of the book.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Justice on March 7, 2013
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I had Pathria's original book and still bought this updated version. The original was so valuable that I thought the updated version would be worth the money. I wasn't disappointed.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nate on January 15, 2014
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Not too far through the book yet, but I'm not a fan so far. He rambles on with loose structure and relatively randomly at times, just like the other two authors. He introduces topics that don't follow a logical development. IE Entropy of mixing in chapter 1, after a very minimal discussion of entropy.
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