Item description for From Microphysics to Macrophysics: Methods and Applications of Statistical Physics. Volume I (Theoretical and Mathematical Physics) by D. ter Haar Roger Balian...
This text not only provides a thorough introduction to statistical physics and thermodynamics but also exhibits the universality of the chain of ideas that leads from the laws of microphysics to the macroscopic behaviour of matter. A wide range of applications teaches students how to make use of the concepts, and many exercises will help to deepen their understanding. Drawing on both quantum mechanics and classical physics, the book follows modern research in statistical physics.
Volume I discusses in detail the probabilistic description of quantum or classical systems, the Boltzmann-Gibbs distributions, the conservation laws, and the interpretation of entropy as missing information. Thermodynamics and electromagnetism in matter are dealt with, as well as applications to gases, both dilute and condensed, and to phase transitions.
This softcover edition accomodates the many requests to make this widely used and often cited classical text available again.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.2" Weight: 1.45 lbs.
Release Date Nov 15, 2006
ISBN 3540454691 ISBN13 9783540454694
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Interesting treatment from an information point of view Aug 23, 2005
This is one of the earliest comprehensive treatment of Statistical Mechanics (SM) from the perspective of information. The presentation of the foundation of SM here is much clearer and unified compared to the standard understanding, due to the adoption of the maximum entropy principle (and the subjecive interpretation of probability).The issue of entropy and irreversibility also received interesting discussion here. An earlier book that treats SM in the similar form is Amnon Katz' book "Principles of statistical mechanics ; the information theory approach".