Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics

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This book is devoted to a discussion of some of the basic physical concepts and methods useful in the description of situations involving systems which consist of very many particulars. It attempts, in particular, to introduce the reader to the disciplines of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and kinetic theory from a unified and modern point of view. The presentation emphasizes the essential unity of the subject matter and develops physical insight by stressing the microscopic content of the theory.

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Contents

Statistical description of systems of particles
47
IRREVERSIBILITY AND THE ATTAINMENT OF EQUILIBRIUM
87
SUMMARY OF FUNDAMENTAL RESULTS
122
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