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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Based on the author's graduate course taught over many years in several
physics departments, this book takes a 'reductionist' view of statistical
mechanics, while describing the main ideas and methods underlying its
applications. It implicitly assumes that the physics of complex systems as
observed is connected to fundamental physical laws represented at the molecular
level by Newtonian mechanics or quantum mechanics. Organised into three parts,
the first section describes the fundamental principles of equilibrium
statistical mechanics. The next section describes applications to phases of
increasing density and order: gases, liquids and solids; it also treats phase
transitions. The final section deals with dynamics, including a careful account
of hydrodynamic theories and linear response theory. This textbook is suitable
for a one year graduate course in statistical mechanics for physicists,
chemists and chemical engineers. Problems are included following each chapter,
with solutions to selected problems provided.