Statistical Mechanics in a Nutshell

Statistical Mechanics in a Nutshell

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by Luca Peliti
     
 

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Statistical mechanics is one of the most exciting areas of physics today, and it also has applications to subjects as diverse as economics, social behavior, algorithmic theory, and evolutionary biology. Statistical Mechanics in a Nutshell offers the most concise, self-contained introduction to this rapidly developing field. Requiring only a background in

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Statistical mechanics is one of the most exciting areas of physics today, and it also has applications to subjects as diverse as economics, social behavior, algorithmic theory, and evolutionary biology. Statistical Mechanics in a Nutshell offers the most concise, self-contained introduction to this rapidly developing field. Requiring only a background in elementary calculus and elementary mechanics, this book starts with the basics, introduces the most important developments in classical statistical mechanics over the last thirty years, and guides readers to the very threshold of today's cutting-edge research.

Statistical Mechanics in a Nutshell zeroes in on the most relevant and promising advances in the field, including the theory of phase transitions, generalized Brownian motion and stochastic dynamics, the methods underlying Monte Carlo simulations, complex systems--and much, much more. The essential resource on the subject, this book is the most up-to-date and accessible introduction available for graduate students and advanced undergraduates seeking a succinct primer on the core ideas of statistical mechanics.

  • Provides the most concise, self-contained introduction to statistical mechanics
  • Focuses on the most promising advances, not complicated calculations
  • Requires only elementary calculus and elementary mechanics
  • Guides readers from the basics to the threshold of modern research
  • Highlights the broad scope of applications of statistical mechanics

Editorial Reviews

Choice
Unlike typical textbooks . . . [Statistical Mechanics in a Nutshell] presents statistical mechanics as a more general theory with broader applications. . . . A graduate student or researcher who wants to explore the applications of statistical mechanics would be very well served by this book.
Physics Today
Peliti's Statistical Mechanics in a Nutshell is a fantastic reference for those who know the subject, teach it, or need a quick technical reminder, especially on the topic of phase transitions, which are consistently featured in modern-day discussions. . . . Statistical Mechanics in a Nutshell provides the more general overview, with topics such as the renormalization group method. It includes a good mix of fundamental thermodynamics, phase behaviour, and other key subjects.
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"Unlike typical textbooks . . . [Statistical Mechanics in a Nutshell] presents statistical mechanics as a more general theory with broader applications. . . . A graduate student or researcher who wants to explore the applications of statistical mechanics would be very well served by this book."Choice

"Peliti's Statistical Mechanics in a Nutshell is a fantastic reference for those who know the subject, teach it, or need a quick technical reminder, especially on the topic of phase transitions, which are consistently featured in modern-day discussions. . . . Statistical Mechanics in a Nutshell provides the more general overview, with topics such as the renormalization group method. It includes a good mix of fundamental thermodynamics, phase behaviour, and other key subjects."Physics Today

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400839360
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/08/2011
Series:
In a Nutshell
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
File size:
25 MB
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Meet the Author

Luca Peliti is professor of statistical mechanics at the University of Naples Federico II in Italy. His books include "Biologically Inspired Physics".

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Statistical Mechanics in a Nutshell 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Lapo80 More than 1 year ago
This is a very concise and very clear introduction to statistical physics, from a modern point of view. Once you've gone through it, with the help of its extensive bibliography, you can go on to read more specialized literature.