Authors: Guenault, A.M.
- Offers a comprehensive and fundamental, but down-to-earth approach of statistical physics
- Features statistics of gases and condensed matter physics
- Details applications such as superfluids and astrophysics
- Discusses chemical thermodynamics, including chemical equilibrium
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- About this Textbook
In this revised and enlarged second edition of an established text Tony Guénault provides a clear and refreshingly readable introduction to statistical physics, an essential component of any first degree in physics. The treatment itself is self-contained and concentrates on an understanding of the physical ideas, without requiring a high level of mathematical sophistication.
A straightforward quantum approach to statistical averaging is adopted from the outset (easier, the author believes, than the classical approach). The initial part of the book is geared towards explaining the equilibrium properties of a simple isolated assembly of particles. Thus, several important topics, for example an ideal spin-½ solid, can be discussed at an early stage. The treatment of gases gives full coverage to Maxwell-Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein statistics.
Towards the end of the book the student is introduced to a wider viewpoint and new chapters are included on chemical thermodynamics, interactions in, for example, liquid helium-3 and helium-4, and statistics under extreme conditions (superconductivity and astrophysical systems).
- About the authors
Tony Guénault is Emeritus Professor of Low Temperature Physics and a former Head of the School of Physics and Materials at Lancaster University, UK
From the reviews of the second edition:
"This is an introductory level textbook on the basics of statistical physics. … it is an easy-to-read textbook, suited for bachelor students who want to learn the basics of statistical physics by themselves." (Jacques Tempere, Physicalia Magazine, Vol. 30 (4), 2008)
Table of contents (15 chapters)
Gases: the density of states
Gases: the distributions
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- Bibliographic Information
- Book Title
- Statistical Physics
- A.M. Guenault
- Series Title
- Student Physics Series
- Springer Netherlands
- Copyright Holder
- Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
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- Number of Pages
- XI, 204