Equilibrium Statistical PhysicsThis third edition of one of the most important and best selling textbooks in statistical physics, is a graduate level text suitable for students in physics, chemistry, and materials science.The discussion of strongly interacting condensed matter systems has been expanded. A chapter on stochastic processes has also been added with emphasis on applications of the FokkerPlanck equation.The modern theory of phase transitions occupies a central place. The chapter devoted to the renormalization group approach is largely rewritten and includes a detailed discussion of the basic concepts and examples of both exact and approximate calculations. The development of the basic tools includes a chapter on computer simulations in which both Monte Carlo method and molecular dynamics are introduced, and a section on Brownian dynamics added.The theories are applied to a number of important systems such as liquids, liquid crystals, polymers, membranes, Bose condensation, superfluidity and superconductivity. There is also an extensive treatment of interacting Fermi and Bose systems, percolation theory and disordered systems in general. 
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the book contains most of the material needed for any graduate equilibrium stat physic's class, it is however almost useless to learn the material if you haven't got someone to explain it to you. The derivation a almost always to short and obscure.
Contents
Review of Thermodynamics  1 
Statistical Ensembles  29 
Mean Field and Landau Theory  63 
Applications of Mean Field Theory  109 
Model  132 
Dense Gases and Liquids  143 
Critical Phenomena I  183 
The Renormalization Group  237 
Simulations  349 
Polymers and Membranes  383 
Quantum Fluids  421 
Linear Response Theory  461 
Disordered Systems  513 
A Occupation Number Representation  569 
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Equilibrium Statistical Physics: Second Edition Michael Plischke,Birger Bergersen Limited preview  1994 
Equilibrium Statistical Physics: Third Edition Michael Plischke,Birger Bergersen Limited preview  2006 
Common terms and phrases
approach approximation assume atoms calculation canonical ensemble chain Chapter chemical potential cluster coefficients configuration Consider correlation function correlation length corresponding coupling constants critical exponents critical point critical temperature cubic define density derive dimensionality dimensions discussion disordered distribution function dynamics eigenvalues electron entropy equilibrium example expansion expectation value expression Fermi fermions Figure finite fixed point fluctuations fluid FokkerPlanck equation Gaussian given Hamiltonian Heisenberg model Helmholtz free energy ideal gas integral interaction internal energy Ising model Landau linear liquid low temperatures magnetic field mean field theory membranes method molecules Monte Carlo nearestneighbor neighbors number of particles obtain onedimensional operators order parameter pair partition function percolation phase transition polymer problem recursion relations renormalization group scaling Section selfavoiding simple simulation solution specific heat spin superconductivity superfluid susceptibility symmetry thermal thermodynamic limit transformation tricritical point twodimensional variables velocity wave vector zero