Item description for Thermal Physics: Entropy and Free Energies by Joon Chang Lee...
This book is an informal, readable introduction to the basic ideas of thermal physics. It is aimed at making the reader feel comfortable with the extremum principles of entropy and free energies. There is a repeating theme: Molecules (spins) do X to maximize their entropy, and molecules (spins) do XX to minimize their free energy. This finally leads to the idea of the Landau-Ginzburg free energy functional. The author illustrates how powerful the idea is by using two examples from phase transitions.
Contents: Introduction to Thermal Physics; All You Need to Know to Read the Rest; Isolated Thermal Systems; Systems in Contact with a Thermal Reservoir; Open Systems, Flexible Systems, and Two More Energy-like Functions; Energy versus Free Energy; Phases and Phase Transitions; Second-Order Phase Transitions; Landau-Ginzburg Free Energy Functional and Applications; Monte Carlo and Finite-Size Scaling.
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Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.6" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.6" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2002
Publisher World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN 9810248741 ISBN13 9789810248741
Reviews - What do customers think about Thermal Physics: Entropy and Free Energies?
A very good overview Feb 25, 2006
This book deserves to be quoted for all the people who want to have a short and very physical introduction to the subject. The book remains at an introductory level but the author covers a lot of subjects without loosing the physical intuition or interpretation at every stage of the text. It is true that the book won't help the student to master the calculations of thermodynamics and statistical physics, but since the introduction the author is very honest on this . A list of the books which may be read to give a further insight on the different chapters is given at the end. This book has been written to give to the reader a physical understanding of the subject and of the logic behind the mathematical methods generally used in the context of thermal physics. Surely someone already trained in (statistical) thermodynamics will even more enjoy the reading of this book. The book is short, easy to read and not expensive (a quality which is not negligible for a science book). For my opinion it is a little jewel.