Statistical Physics of Particles (Google eBook)
Statistical physics has its origins in attempts to describe the thermal properties of matter in terms of its constituent particles, and has played a fundamental role in the development of quantum mechanics. Based on lectures taught by Professor Kardar at MIT, this textbook introduces the central concepts and tools of statistical physics. It contains a chapter on probability and related issues such as the central limit theorem and information theory, and covers interacting particles, with an extensive description of the van der Waals equation and its derivation by mean field approximation. It also contains an integrated set of problems, with solutions to selected problems at the end of the book and a complete set of solutions is available to lecturers on a password protected website at www.cambridge.org/9780521873420. A companion volume, Statistical Physics of Fields, discusses non-mean field aspects of scaling and critical phenomena, through the perspective of renormalization group.
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Concise, elegant formulation all over. I used it (to study mainly quantum statistical mechanics portion. David Tong's note accompanied it.) as an undergraduate student. It is too brief in positions like Bose-Einstein condensation. Starting of canonical formulation part is inelegant I would say (c.f.- Feynman (ISBN 081334610X, 9780813346106), Greiner (ISBN 3540942998, 9783540942993)).