## An Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics

**Author(s):**

Piero Olla

**Publisher:**

Springer

**Pages:**185

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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...

Show MoreThis 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.

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

Review of probability and statistics

Kinetic theory

Thermodynamics

Introduction to equilibrium statistical mechanics

The theory of fluctuations.

From the book reviews:“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)