Equilibrium Statistical Physics

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World Scientific, 2006 - Science - 620 pages
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This 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 Fokker?Planck 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.
 

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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
Bibliography
583
Index
603

Stochastic Processes
303

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