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probably OK if you already know the material.
on April 10, 2009
If you already know the material, i.e. if you have already had a graduate level course in statistical mechanics, this is probably not a bad book, but it is terrible to learn out of for the first time because it assumes way too much. It assumes that you have had graduate level courses in classical and quantum mechanics.
The text is too long and drawn out, a lot of words are wasted on pointless derivations, it takes a lot of reading to get to the point.
Worst of all, the text is if little use for solving the problems.
If you want to learn statistical mechanics, and do well on exams, I strongly suggest you take a look at Ryogo Kubo's book:
Statistical Mechanics (North-Holland Personal Library)
Kubo's text is short and to the point, lots of examples, and ALL THE PROBLEMS HAVE SOLUTIONS.
If you want to do well on exams, work the problems in Kubo, and study the solutions.
And better still, if you do get stuck using Pathria, Kubo is a great resource for solving the problems.