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Concepts in Thermal Physics Hardcover – 10 Aug 2006

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  • Hardcover: 488 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (10 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198567693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198567691
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 3 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,535,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

About the Author

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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An excellent introduction to thermal physics. Very little is assumed, and explanations in the appendices account for most of the mathematical complications. Thoroughly covers all major topics of interest in the field, with alternative derivations provided for many topics to further aid understanding. Additional chapters expand on the latest research. Little diversions into areas such as Information entropy, and short biographies for most of the prominent figures help sustain interest. The tone is frequently humorous, but this does not detract from the thrust of the argument. Highly recommended.
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*Physical

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.
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This book has been an absolute Godsend for my physics degree. It covers all of the basics of thermodynamics and some of statistical mechanics in an easy to understand way. It's no exaggeration to say that it's thanks to this book that I aced my thermodynamics module in first year!
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This is one of the best books on thermodynamics I have encountered. What can often come across as a rather boring subject is helped by the lively tone of the book, along with frequent biographies of historical figures.

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.
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By Matt on 17 Sept. 2015
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I bought this as I was studying a 'Thermal Physics' course, but the content of this book did not seem to have much of the same content at all. The questions were fairly sparse and sometimes only numerical solutions are provided. In contrast, it has great explanations of topics covered.
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A brilliantly written book which I imagine would more than cover most undergraduates' needs. Stuffed to the gills with equations, which is exactly what one needs in a book like this. If you only ever buy one book on thermodynamics then this is probably the one to get.
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This is an amazing physics books, the chapters are short and concise. The authors explain all the concepts very clearly and assume not prior thermodynamics knowledge. I would highly recommend the book to anyone interested in learning about thermodynamics.
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What a great book. There are so many confusing explanations out there that this one is a pleasure. The chapters are short so you feel like you have completed a topic and can stop and the layout , typeface and notes ,is particularly clear. You can skip the kinetic theory of gases if you just want to get on with thermo. The only chapters that I felt needed a little more meat was "chemical potential" and osmosis.
One of my favourite text books ever.
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