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Statistical Mechanics : A Short Treatise - Giovanni Gallavotti

Statistical Mechanics

A Short Treatise

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Published: 21st July 1999
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This book presents a critical and modern analysis of the conceptual foundations of statistical mechanics as laid down in Boltzmann's works. The author emphasises 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.

From the reviews "Gallavotti has written a somewhat ideological and quite personal book. Certainly one may disagree with him on some issues. But he has expert knowledge of what he discusses and also of many things he chooses not to discuss. And since he also knows the history of the subject, his opinion must be taken seriously. We may thus thank Gallavotti for giving us a fresh, authorative and readable introduction to a fundamental area of conceptual physics." (D. Ruelle, Physics Today, 2001)

Classical Statistical Mechanicsp. 1
Statistical Ensemblesp. 57
Equipartition and Critiquep. 89
Thermodynamic Limit and Stabilityp. 111
Phase Transitionsp. 129
Coexistence of Phasesp. 175
Exactly Soluble Modelsp. 209
Brownian Motionp. 233
Coarse Graining and Nonequilibriump. 253
Bibliographyp. 313
Name Indexp. 331
Subject Indexp. 333
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ISBN: 9783540648833
ISBN-10: 3540648836
Series: Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 342
Published: 21st July 1999
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg Gmbh & Co. Kg
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.5