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Statistical mechanics Hardcover – 1972


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  • Hardcover: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Holt, Rinehart and Winston (1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0030856531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0030856532
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,722,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DONALD RAPP drdrapp@earthlink.net B.S. Chemical Engineering, Cooper Union, 1955 M.S. Chemical Engineering, Princeton, 1956 Graduate study, California Institute of Technology, 1957 Ph.D. Chemical Physics, University of California (Berkeley) - January, 1960 2009- On call as consultant to JPL 2003-2008, JPL Consultant through Contractors 1979-2002, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA; Senior Research Scientist and Division Chief Technologist, Mechanical Systems Engineering and Research Division 1969-1981, University of Texas at Dallas: 1973-1979 Full Professor 1965-1969, Polytechnic Institute of New York: Associate Professor of Chemistry 1959-1965, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory: Senior Staff Scientist As professor of Physics at the University of Texas, I wrote textbooks on statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, and solar energy. Amongst many other things, I was manager of the JPL Mars Exploration Technology Program for a period, and I was manager of the In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) task in this Program. I wrote a landmark report on ISRU on Mars. In 1997, I wrote proposals and brought in a program to JPL to carry out in situ experiments on the Mars 2001 Lander with a run-out cost of $2M. Over the period 1994-2001, I wrote a number of documents on Mars mission technology needs and prioritizing Mars-related technologies. I wrote the JPL Mars Technology Program Plan in 2001. More than 70 publications in refereed journals, plus numerous informal in-depth reports. Published Books: • Quantum Mechanics, 672 pages, published 1971 by Holt, Rinehart and Winston • Statistical Mechanics, 330 pages, published in 1972 by Holt, Rinehart and Winston • Solar Energy, 516 pages, published in 1981 by Prentice-Hall • Human Missions to Mars: Enabling Technologies for Exploring the Red Planet Springer/Praxis, October, 2007; 552 pages, two 8-page color sections • Assessing Climate Change – Temperatures, Solar Radiation and Heat Balance Series: Springer Praxis Books – Environmental Sciences 410 p. 130 illus., Hardcover, January, 2008 • Ice Ages and Interglacials, Springer/Praxis, 2009. • The Climate Debate 2012 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Donald Rapp has a Ph.D from the University of California and over 50 years of technical research experience. He was a full professor at the University of Texas and spent over 30 years at Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In his early career he worked in chemical physics, producing two citation classics with over 500 citations, and textbooks on quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics. Later, he worked on spacecraft technology leading to his book "Human Missions to Mars". Since about 2006 he has worked mainly on climate change and also ice ages. His positions on many key issues are contrary to mainstream trends. In particular, he is highly doubtful that life ever existed on Mars and thinks the NASA Mars Program is a boondoggle. He is also skeptical of alarmist claims regarding the dangers of global warming but he is concerned about rising CO2. At age 78, he is still going strong with a new book coming out in November 2012 and he still plays an active game of tennis.

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