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This book is an introduction to statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. Relevant probability theory is included. Part 1 develops the basic ideas of statistical mechanics, as illustrated by a complete derivation of the entropy of the classical ideal gas based on Boltzmann's 1877 definition. This leads to a systematic development of thermodynamics in Part 2. Part 3 is devoted to classical statistical mechanics, including a discussion of irreversibility. Part 4 covers quantum statistical mechanics, including lattice vibrations, black-body radiation, Bose-Einstein statistics, Fermi-Dirac statist ... More

*Keywords: *
statistical mechanics,
thermodynamics,
Boltzmann,
entropy,
probability theory,
computational methods,
irreversibility

Print publication date: 2012 | Print ISBN-13: 9780199646944 |

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013 | DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646944.001.0001 |

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## Front Matter

## Part I Entropy

## Part II Thermodynamics

## Part III Classical Statistical Mechanics

## Part IV Quantum Statistical Mechanics

## End Matter

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