Statistical Mechanics

A Short Treatise

  • Giovanni Gallavotti

Part of the Texts and Monographs in Physics book series (TMP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 313-339

About this book


This book presents a critical and modern analysis of the conceptual foundations of statistical mechanics as laid down in Boltzmann's works. The author emphasizes the relation between microscopic reversibility and macroscopic irreversibility. Students will find a clear and detailed explanation of fundamental concepts such as equipartition, entropy, and ergodicity. They will learn about Brownian motion, the modern treatment of the thermodynamic limit phase transitions, the microscopic and macroscopic theory of the coexistence of phases, statistical mechanics of stationary states, and fluctuations and dissipation in chaotic motions.


Dissipation entropy material mechanics phase Transition stability statistical mechanics

Authors and affiliations

  • Giovanni Gallavotti
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  1. 1.Dipartimento di FisicaUniversità degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”RomaItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-08438-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-03952-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1864-5879
  • Series Online ISSN 1864-5887
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