- R K Pathria
- Paul D. Beale
This classic text, first published in 1972, is designed for graduate physics courses in statistical mechanics. The second edition, published in 1996, incorporated three comprehensive chapters on phase transitions and critical phenomena.
This third edition includes new sections on Bose-Einstein condensation and degenerate Fermi behavior of ultracold atomic gases, and two new chapters on computer simulation methods and the thermodynamics of the early universe. We have also added new sections on chemical and phase equilibrium, and expanded our discussions of correlations and scattering, quantized fields, finite-size effects and the fluctuation-dissipation theorem. We hope this new edition will continue to provide new generations of students with a solid training in the methods of statistical physics.
Paperback, 744 Pages
Published: February 2011
Imprint: Academic Press
"An excellent graduate-level text. The selection of topics is very complete and gives to the student a wide view of the applications of statistical mechanics. The set problems reinforce the theory exposed in the text, helping the student to master the material"--Francisco Cevantes
"Making sense out of the world around us in one of the most appealing facets of physics. One may start by putting together seemingly isolated observations and as the different pieces start to fall into place, more complicated arrangements and more fundamental explanations are sought. This is indeed the case for instance when trying to understand the behaviour of a collection of particles. On the one hand, thermo- dynamics provides us with a satisfactory explanation of the macroscopic phenomena observed, however, in order to get to the core of the physical system it becomes necessary to take into account the microscopic constituents of the system as well as the fact that quantum mechanical effects are at play. This is the realm of statistical mechanics and the subject of one of the most widely recognised textbooks around the globe: Pathriaâs Statistical Mechanics.â¦The original style of the book is kept, and the clarity of explanations and derivations is still there. I am convinced that this third edition of Statistical Mechanics will enable a number of new generations of physicists to gain a solid background of statistical physics and that can only be a good thing."--Contemporary Physics, pages 619-620
- Historical introduction; The statistical basis of thermodynamics; Elements of the ensemble theory; The canonical ensemble; The grand canonical ensemble; Formulation of quantum statistics; The theory of simple gases; Ideal Bose systems; Ideal Fermi systems; Thermodynamics of the Early Universe; Statistical mechanics of interacting systems: The method of cluster explansions, the method of quantized fields; Phase transitions: critically, universality and scaling, exact (or almost exact) results for the various models, the renormalization group approach; Fluctuations and Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics; Computer Simulations; Appendixes; Bibliography; Index