UNITEXT for Physics

An Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics

Authors: Olla, Piero

  • Presents the basics of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics and kinetic theory from a modern perspective
  • Discusses in detail alternative interpretations of the concept of entropy
  • Offers an elementary presentation of concepts usually addressed only in advanced textbooks
  • Focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of the subject
  • Opens by establishing the basics of probability theory
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About this Textbook

This textbook offers an advanced undergraduate or initial graduate level introduction to topics such as kinetic theory, equilibrium statistical mechanics and the theory of fluctuations from a modern perspective. The aim is to provide the reader with the necessary tools of probability theory and thermodynamics (especially the thermodynamic potentials) to enable subsequent study at advanced graduate level. At the same time, the book offers a bird's eye view on arguments that are often disregarded in the main curriculum courses. 
Further features include a focus on the interdisciplinary nature of the subject and in-depth discussion of alternative interpretations of the concept of entropy. While some familiarity with basic concepts of thermodynamics and probability theory is assumed, this does not extend beyond what is commonly obtained in basic undergraduate curriculum courses.

About the authors

Piero Olla (born in Bolzano in 1960) received his PhD in Physics at the University of California Santa Cruz and was later a post-doc at the University of Chicago in the group of Prof. L.P. Kadanoff. Dr. Olla is a researcher at ISAC-CNR and teaches the course "Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics" at the Physics Department of the University of Cagliari. His research interests are divided almost equally among turbulence theory, low Reynolds number hydrodynamics and population dynamics.

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“This is an elementary (but very interesting) basic introduction to the road from microscopic physics to macroscopic physics via statistical physics. … It begins with a review of the essential prerequisite of probability and statistics. And the main topics which are dealt with are successively kinetic theory, thermodynamics, equilibrium statistical mechanics and the theory of fluctuations. A nice book for undergraduate courses.” (Guy Jumarie, zbMATH, Vol. 1302, 2015)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
An Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
Authors
Series Title
UNITEXT for Physics
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-06188-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-06188-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-06187-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-36049-2
Series ISSN
2198-7882
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 185
Number of Illustrations and Tables
22 b/w illustrations
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