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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but..., September 22, 2008
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This review is from: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (Classical Theoretical Physics) (Paperback)
It seems like a pretty good textbook. I have read a bunch of chapters and found above-average insight and relevant examples that have been good at clearing up confusion. Concepts are clearly explained. What the student may like are the large number of worked examples. This is invaluable to have when you learn statistical mechanics for the first time. Most of Greiner's books are of a very high pedagogical value. True, there may be similarities with other texts, but hey, it must be difficult to present the same old classical material in a different manner.

Just a minor note: his discussion of exact differentials on pp.26-27 is wrong. He claims that curl F = 0 is a necessary and sufficient condition for f to be exact. It is a necessary condition, but not sufficient. It is not enough to show that curl F=0. All this shows is that the form is "close" (not exact). To prove that it is exact is a much more difficult task: one must prove that a potential function exists. This topic is covered in many elementary books on differential geometry..
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