Statistical Mechanics'This is an excellent book from which to learn the methods and results of statistical mechanics.' Nature 'A well written graduatelevel text for scientists and engineers... Highly recommended for graduatelevel libraries.' Choice This highly successful text, which first appeared in the year 1972 and has continued to be popular ever since, has now been brought uptodate by incorporating the remarkable developments in the field of 'phase transitions and critical phenomena' that took place over the intervening years. This has been done by adding three new chapters (comprising over 150 pages and containing over 60 homework problems) which should enhance the usefulness of the book for both students and instructors. We trust that this classic text, which has been widely acclaimed for its clean derivations and clear explanations, will continue to provide further generations of students a sound training in the methods of statistical physics. 
What people are saying  Write a review
User ratings
5 stars 
 
4 stars 
 
3 stars 
 
2 stars 
 
1 star 

Review: Statistical Mechanics
User Review  Joecolelife  GoodreadsThis is an excellent introduction to statistical mechanics. Pathria is a physicist and the topics covered have a definite physics flavor (Bose and Fermi systems), which chemical engineers or chemists ... Read full review
Contents
Historical Introduction  1 
Chapter 1 The Statistical Basis of Thermodynamics  9 
Chapter 2 Elements of Ensemble Theory  30 
Chapter 3 The Canonical Ensemble  43 
Chapter 4 The Grand Canonical Ensemble  90 
Chapter 5 Formulation of Quantum Statistics  104 
Chapter 6 The Theory of Simple Gases  127 
Chapter 7 Ideal Bose Systems  157 
The Method of Quantized Fields  262 
Criticality Universality and Scaling  305 
Exact or Almost Exact Results for the Various Models  366 
The Renormalization Group Approach  414 
Chapter 14 Fluctuations  452 
Appendixes  495 
Bibliography  513 
523  
Common terms and phrases
Accordingly approach approximation asymptotic atoms Bose gas Bose—Einstein canonical ensemble chemical potential classical conﬁguration constant coordinates corresponding critical exponents critical point deﬁned deﬁnition denotes density derived determined distribution eigenvalues electron entropy equal equation equilibrium evaluate expansion expression factor Fermi gas fermions ﬁnd ﬁnite ﬁrst ﬁxed point ﬂow ﬂuctuations ﬂuid formula free energy function f given by eqn given system grand canonical ensemble Hamiltonian Helmholtz free energy hence ideal Bose gas identical inﬁnite integral interaction Ising model lattice limit liquid low temperatures microcanonical ensemble microstates molecules momentum nearestneighbor number of particles obtain oscillator parameter partition function phase space phase transition photons Phys physical system problem quantity quantum quantummechanical relation result satisﬁes Show signiﬁcant singleparticle speciﬁc heat spectrum spherical model spins statistical mechanics sufﬁciently summation superﬂuid theorem thermal thermodynamic total number variable velocity volume wave function zero