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Clear exposition but a bit light on explanation,
This review is from: Concepts in Thermal Physics (Paperback)
"Concepts in Thermal Physics" by Blundell & Blundell is written with the undergraduate student in mind and this comes through in the clarity of its exposition. All results are carefully derived and the working is on the whole straightforward to follow. If you are revising for an exam this provides an excellent resource for applying thermodynamic ideas to problems and, if necessary, memorizing derivations. That said, although this book will allow you to be comfortable with the mathematics of thermal and statistical physics, it won't do a whole lot for your intuition and understanding of the subjects. A lot of starting assumptions are simply stated without further explanation (eg from the chapter on chemical potential on p.232: "If you add a particle to a system, then the internal energy will change by an amount which we call the chemical potential". Ok, but why? Where does this energy come from? What kind of energy? After that opening statement the text delves immediately into partial derivatives), and the authors take little time to discuss the implications of the mathematics beyond how a particular result feeds into the next equation. Nonetheless, all in all a valuable text for untangling the often convoluted-seeming mathematics of thermo and statistical phys.