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Item description for Equilibrium Statistical Physics by Michael Plischke & Birger Bergersen...
This revised and expanded edition of one of the important textbook in statistical physics, is a graduate level text suitable for students in physics, chemistry, and materials science.
After a short review of basic concepts, the authors begin the discussion on strongly interacting condensed matter systems with a thorough treatment of mean field and Landau theories of phase transitions. Many examples are worked out in considerable detail. Classical liquids are treated next. Along with traditional approaches to the subject such as the virial expansion and integral equations, newer theories such as perturbation theory and density functional theories are introduced.
The modern theory of phase transitions occupies a central place in this book. The development is along historical lines, beginning with the Onsager solution of the twodimensional Ising model, series expansions, scaling theory, finitesize scaling, and the universality hypothesis. A separate chapter is devoted to the renormalization group approach to critical phenomena. The development of the basic tools is completed in a new chapter on computer simulations in which both Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics techniques are introduced.
The remainder of the book is concerned with a discussion of some of the more important modern problems in condensed matter theory. A chapter on quantum fluids deals with Bose condensation, superfluidity, and the BCS and LandauGinzburg theories of superconductivity. A new chapter on polymers and membranes contains a discussion of the Gaussian and Flory models of dilute polymer mixtures, the connection of polymer theory to critical phenomena, a discussion of dense polymer mixtures and an introduction to the physical properties of solid and fluid membranes. A chapter on linear response includes the Kubo formalism, the fluctuationdissipation theorem, Onsager relations and the Boltzmann equation. The last chapter is devoted to disordered materials.
Each chapter contains a substantial number of exercises. A manual with a complete set of solutions to these problems is available under separate cover.
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Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Pages 520
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.64" Width: 6.32" Height: 1.22" Weight: 1.83 lbs.
Binding Hardcover
Publisher Scientific Publishers
ISBN 9810216416 ISBN13 9789810216412

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 Not Good on RG Dec 11, 2007 
I read the chapter on Renormalization Group but actually the mathematical derivation is vague. The author seems just want to keep the beautiful format of formula and lost the readability. 

 Interesting subjects, but probably not good for a primary text Apr 8, 2007 
I recently used this book as a primary text in a graduate statistical mechanics course and I cannot recommend it for this purpose. I like the "spirit" of the book, but it was frustrating in several ways. Many of the derivations leave out nontrivial steps. I often found it necessary to refer to other texts and resources (e.g. Pathria's text), where similar material is covered more clearly. Beyond the first few chapters, there could be a better selection of problems. The chapters are quite dense with material, but there are not always corresponding problems. I had some reservations in choosing this text, but there are not many uptodate graduate texts to choose from. Pathria is about the right level, but a bit too verbose, slowmoving, and dated. 

 A fine advanced book on statistical physics Feb 8, 2000 
I liked this book a lot since the first time I read the first edition. It's extremely up to date, many of the examples come from cutting edge research (like the very fashionable soft condensed matter field). But beware the level is a bit high, so it's probably not a good choice to learn about this subject on your own. Its highest utility is as a help to teachers and as a companion of a course on statistical mechanics. 

 A good survey of condensed matter Jan 13, 2000 
The focus of this book is squarely on condensed matter physics and so it is definitely not a recommended resource for learning the foundations of statistial mechanics. As such, if you are new to any of the material, this book on its own will not be of much use. It is certainly not "selfcontained", as stated on the back cover, as important topics, such as the various models of ferromagnetism, are not fully described or developed before approximation techniques are introduced. That said, this book contains a wealth of information that would be difficult to find in any other single volume. The authors discuss a range of topics from ferromagnetism to quantum fluids, and there is even a good chapter on computer simulations. As many of the systems encountered in condensed matter are not exactly solvable, the emphasis is necessarily on approximation techniques though there is some discussion of the few exact solutions available (for example, there is a detailed derivation of the exact solution to the 2d Ising Model on the square lattice). An extensive bibliography contains many good references, often to the original papers. All in all, this book is recommended to anyone with a firm grounding in statistical mechanics (and quantum mechanics) who is looking to study condensed matter physics. Keep in mind that this book was published in 1994 so it may not be as current as some. A 3rd edition would be most welcome. 

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