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Statistical Mechanics (Frontiers in Physics) Paperback – Dec 1972


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Perseus Books; 7th edition edition (Dec 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805325093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805325096
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,576,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Feynman was, until his death in 1988, the most famous physicist in the world. Only an infinitesimal part of the general population could understand his mathematical physics, but his outgoing and sunny personality, his gift for exposition, his habit of playing the bongo drums, and his testimony to the Presidential Commission on the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster turned him into a celebrity.

Freeman Dyson, of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, called him 'the most original mind of his generation', while in its obituary The New York Times described him as 'arguably the most brilliant, iconoclastic and influential of the postwar generation of theoretical physicists'.

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Richard P. Feynman was raised in Far Rockaway, New York, and received his Ph.D. from Princeton. He held professorships at both Cornell and the California Institute of Technology. In 1965 he received the Nobel Prize for his work on quantum electrodynamics. He died in 1988. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 May 2013
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The material in this is Feynman at his best: he uses his outstanding physical intuition to really explain statistical mechanics, a subject which is usually presented in such a way as to make it completely incomprehensible. However, the mathematical formulae are very difficult to read: in-line formulae in the text are OK, and scale as the text size is changed, but any displayed formulae do not scale and are usually almost impossible to read. So, if you want this book, my advice is to buy the paper edition.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
great book on statistical and condensed matter physics 22 Nov 2000
By Lars English - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book written by one of the greatest teachers of physics on a subject matter often shrouded in mystery. I found it tremendously helpful in understanding many topics in condensed matter physics on a deeper, more conceptual level. The chapters on second quantization, superconductivity and superfluidity are especially illuminating, and the latter is far surperior in clarity than anything I have come across (which is perhaps not surprising considering Feymnman developed much of the theory himself). I highly recommend this book as a supplimentary text for any graduate-level Statistical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics or Solid State course you may be taking.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
extraordinary Masterpiece! 23 Jan 2003
By TsungpLee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Richard Feynman said:"What I cannot create, I do not understand!". I am really amazed by his unique style of doing physics: he always create anything from scratch, always has his unique point of view, even on an old problem. All I can say about Feynman is Genius!!!
This book is about Feynman's extraordinary viewpoint on statistical mechanics. I can bet that this is an unique S.M book.
but i don't think it's for beginner, I suggest you should finish a standard statistical mechanics course before you read this one.
I can not find suitable words to admire this great book, so I quit here, but in the end, I strongly recommend this book to all physicists, physics-major students!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Solid Overview 4 July 2005
By S. D Webb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Feynman Lectures on Statistical Mechanics contain a great deal of very useful information, and each page is full of solid work without bothering too much with unnecessary details. The book also covers all the bases very well, hitting plenty of good examples, such as spin waves, and the obligatory superconductivity chapter is a solid introduction.

My only complaint is that the ordering of the book is a little haphazard. I understand that it is difficult to include quantum and classical statistical mechanics in one continuous run, but the book seems to jump around a bit.

All this considered, the book is probably a must-buy for people interested in statistical physics, as it is one of the better general overview books available (I despise the Reif; it needs to be updated and completely rearranged), and, as an added bonus, you get to see the Onsager solution to the 2-D Ising model. Cheers!
13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
a tremendous book 1 Feb 2005
By Dong Zhou - Published on Amazon.com
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when i was undergrad, i read Prof. Kerson Huang's stat mech. i think that book is good. everything is covered systematically, but everything is explained 'evenly'. if u r a careful reader, u still get the ideas of the essence, like partition function plays the central role of stat mech, etc.

now, i am reading feynman's book. it's totally diff from huang's. it's full of excitement. he put the principle of stat mech which is the relation b/w partition function and probability at the very beginning. all the other aspects in stat mech follow so straight forword and there are endless novel derivations in this book. i feel many of my previous understandings are interconnected by reading this book.

it's simply great, just like the other books written by feynman.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I Wish I Could Have Been At Hughes Aerospace in 1961 3 July 2011
By Southern Jameson West - Published on Amazon.com
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Dear Readers

Everything you need is in this one very compact volume. Not that it contains all of physics. No. What it does contain and does convey is the sense of adventure and daring one needs to proceed in theoretical physics calculations.

Of course there are Feynman diagrams.

He treats systems at first simply but then progresses at a very leisurely pace to give the total picture. That is First Classically then progressing to The Quantum Mechanical picture which has the hidden traps which contradict human intuition.

The Ising problem as well as Onsager's 2-D solution.

Spin Waves in a crystal lattice.................!!!
Precursor or basis for the formulation of the dynamics of the genetic programing "engine" of the DNA crystal.
That's the problem in physics I am currently "nibbling on".

I like his metaphor "to nibble at problems". This is a great book.!
Other phrases he uses are also great and you can tell that the words in the book are almost verbatim. Like the Feynman lectures you get the drama here as well.

They should have filmed it....if they didn't....it would be marvelous to watch.!!

Best Regards

Southern Jameson West
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