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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Written by a world-renowned theoretical physicist, Introduction to Statistical
Physics, Second Edition clarifies the properties of matter collectively in
terms of the physical laws governing atomic motion. This second edition expands
upon the original to include many additional exercises and more pedagogically
oriented discussions that fully explain the concepts and applications.
The book first covers the classical ensembles of statistical mechanics and
stochastic processes, including Brownian motion, probability theory, and the
Fokker–Planck and Langevin equations. To illustrate the use of statistical
methods beyond the theory of matter, the author discusses entropy in
information theory, Brownian motion in the stock market, and the Monte Carlo
method in computer simulations. The next several chapters emphasize the
difference between quantum mechanics and classical mechanics—the quantum phase.
Applications covered include Fermi statistics and semiconductors and Bose
statistics and Bose–Einstein condensation. The book concludes with advanced
topics, focusing on the Ginsburg–Landau theory of the order parameter and the
special kind of quantum order found in superfluidity and superconductivity.
Assuming some background knowledge of classical and quantum physics, this
textbook thoroughly familiarizes advanced undergraduate students with the
different aspects of statistical physics. This updated edition continues to
provide the tools needed to understand and work with random processes.