Concepts in Thermal Physics Hardcover – 10 Aug 2006
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"With so many results derived from so few assumptions, it is important that the presentation be clear and logical. Concepts in Thermal Physics by Stephen J. Blundell and Katherine M. Blundell fulfills that need admirably, and their textbook will be very useful for an undergraduate course in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics."--Physics Today --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Professor Stephen J. BlundellDepartment of PhysicsClarendon LaboratoryUniversity of OxfordParks RoadOxford OX1 3PU Stephen Blundell did his undergraduate degree in Physics and Theoretical Physics at Peterhouse, Cambridge and his Ph. D. in the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge. He moved to the Clarendon Laboratory at Oxford to take up an SERC research fellowship, followed by a Junior Research Fellowship at Merton College, where he began research in organic magnets and superconductors using muon-spin rotation. In 1997 he was appointed to a University Lectureship in the Physics Department and a Tutorial Fellowship at Mansfield College, Oxford, and was subsequently promoted to Reader and then Professor. He was a joint winner of the Daiwa-Adrian Prize in 1999 for his work on organic magnets. Dr Katherine BlundellDepartment of AstrophysicsKeble RoadOxfordOX1 3RH Katherine Blundell did her undergraduate degree in Physics and Theoretical Physics at New Hall College, Cambridge and her Ph. D. in the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge. She moved to Oxford University Astrophysics department, holding a Junior Research Fellowship at Balliol College, an 1851 Research Fellowship, before taking up a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. Her research concentrates on radio galaxies and quasars. In 2005 she won a Leverhulme prize for her research.
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This book has superb, high quality paper pages within it covers. Also its very securely bound for a paperback. The book has a weight to it that reflects the quality of the educational guidance you will gain from reading it.
* H.N.D, Undergraduate, Post graduate?
This book covers the wide area of the flow of heat being thermal energy in transit in physical systems. To me, its the way this is cleverly explored in distinct bands of difficulty. These are with some brief exposure to the upper components of a A-Level Math / Chemistry / Physics, the math components of H.N.D and 2nd - year Math parts of a engineering degree. You may fairly attribute these bands of ranking in a different ways, depending on your own study backgrounds? For example. the calculus upon Ln(e), exp(x), and the Greek symbols of summations and products using z variables are well used and very importantly applied many, many times. Also listed are brief life stories of the scientists that helped the development of these sciences.
* What does it cover then?
The bands of exposure covers, Preliminaries, Kinetic theory of gasses, Transport and thermal diffusion, (The) first law of dynamics, (The) second law of dynamics, (The) third law, Thermodynamics in action, Statistical mechanics, Beyond the ideal gas, Special topics, (a) fundamental constants / (b) useful formulae / (c) Useful mathematics / (D) The electromagnetic spectrum / (e) Some thermodynamic spectrum / Thermodynamic definitions / (g) reduced mass / (h) glossary of main symbols, Bibliography and index.
* How is it explained?
Throughout the book and within each of the areas there are many mathematical examples to follow. There are many graphs which usefully explain what's going on.Read more ›
The book is nicely structured, starting off with the basics, moving on to the laws of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, and including additional topics often not covered in other thermodynamics textbooks, such as stars and black holes. There are also helpful appendices with the main mathematical techniques explained, though you really do need to have a grasp of differentiation and integration before studying this book.
Overall then, and excellent textbook, well worth a read.
One of my favourite text books ever.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It a very average book, Lacks colour and decent examples. I find if i'm ever doing problems I have to look to the internet for help as this book does not offer much other than the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Edward Smith-Uchotski
Not much to say about this book as it was bought as a University mandatory text book therefore it fulfils all requirements.Published 22 months ago by Thalya
Without a doubt the best textbook on the subject (and on many others!) currently available; clear, thorough and occasionally surprisingly funny! An absolute lifesaver.Published on 13 Mar. 2014 by Stephen
"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. Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2011 by Hugh Janus
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