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Equilibrium Statistical Physics

  • Eric Bertin
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Complexity book series (BRIEFSCOMPLEXITY)

Abstract

Systems composed of many particles involve a very large number of degrees of freedom, and it is most often uninteresting—not to say hopeless—to try to describe in a detailed way the microscopic state of the system. The aim of statistical physics is rather to restrict the description of the system to a few relevant macroscopic observables, and to predict the average values of these observables, or the relations between them.

Keywords

Partition Function Renormalization Group Ising Model Microcanonical Ensemble Time Reversal Invariance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric Bertin
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  1. 1.Laboratoire de PhysiqueEcole Normale Supérieure de LyonLyonFrance

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