Statistical Mechanics

  • Franz Schwabl

Part of the Advanced Texts in Physics book series (ADTP)

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About this book


The completely revised new edition of the classical book on Statistical Mechanics covers the basic concepts of equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical physics. In addition to a deductive approach to equilibrium statistics and thermodynamics based on a single hypothesis - the form of the microcanonical density matrix - this book treats the most important elements of non-equilibrium phenomena. Intermediate calculations are presented in complete detail. Problems at the end of each chapter help students to consolidate their understanding of the material. Beyond the fundamentals, this text demonstrates the breadth of the field and its great variety of applications. Modern areas such as renormalization group theory, percolation, stochastic equations of motion and their applications to critical dynamics, kinetic theories, as well as fundamental considerations of irreversibility, are discussed. The text will be useful for advanced students of physics and other natural sciences; a basic knowledge of quantum mechanics is presumed.


Crit Distribution Function Equilibrium Ensemble Irreversibility Langevin Equation Magnetism Nonequilibrium Phenomena Percolation Probability Quantum Statistics Renormalization group phase Transition quantum mechanics statistical physics thermodynamics

Authors and affiliations

  • Franz Schwabl
    • 1
  1. 1.Physik-DepartmentTechnische Universität MünchenGarchingGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-32343-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-36217-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1439-2674
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