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Paperback: 244 pages
Publisher: Chapman and Hall; 2nd Revised edition edition (Feb. 1995)
Very straightforward book with good explanations. Relevant equations and supporting figures in exactly the right places. Appendices contain most of the relevant mathematics so people with only basic mathematics should have no problems understanding the examples given in the text. All round good book for undergraduate courses in statistical physics.
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introduction to stat mech15 Nov. 2000
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This is a very clear, though limited, exposition of statistical mechanics. The approach is ground up, from statistical considerations of very simplified systems, generalizations, and subsequent consideration of more complicated systems. I found it interesting that the author chose to consider everything from a purely quantum point of view. And (un)surprisingly, certain calculations become substantially easier to perform. The reader will gain an extremely solid understanding of why the microcanonical and canonical distributions are the way they are. Applications of canonical ensemble theory fill the book. Some examples that come to mind are ortho/para hydrogen gas, BE condensation, cooling by magnetization. For the more advanced reader, there are gaps in motivating certain details. In particular, there is no connection drawn between classical mechanics and kinetic theory and statistical mechanics. Although the lack of which is a debatable subject. I recommend this book because of it's highly focused (quantum), logical approach, that provides a strong framework in stat mech for beginning physics students.