Equilibrium and Non-Equilibrium Statistical Thermodynamics

by Michel Le Bellac, Fabrice Mortessagne, G. George Batrouni

This graduate-level text gives a self-contained exposition of fundamental topics in equilibrium and nonequilibrium statistical thermodynamics. The text follows a balanced approach between the macroscopic (thermodynamic) and microscopic (statistical) points of view. The first half of the book deals with equilibrium thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. In addition to standard subjects, the reader will find a detailed account of broken symmetries, critical phenomena and the renormalization group, as well as an introduction to numerical methods. The second half of the book is devoted to nonequilibrium phenomena, first following a macroscopic approach, with hydrodynamics as an important example. Kinetic theory receives a thorough treatment through analysis of the Boltzmann-Lorentz model and the Boltzmann equation. The book concludes with general nonequilibrium methods such as linear response, projection method and the Langevin and Fokker-Planck equations, including numerical simulations. This advanced textbook will be of interest to graduate students and researchers in physics.

  • Cambridge University Press; April 2004
  • ISBN: 9780511192289
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  • Title: Equilibrium and Non-Equilibrium Statistical Thermodynamics
  • Author: Michel Le Bellac; Fabrice Mortessagne; G. George Batrouni
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

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Review of the hardback: 'This book is an impressive contribution to the available selection of graduate statistical mechanics texts. … The book is fun to browse because it contains many appealing informational nuggets. It also has an authoritative air and one can comfortably delve deeply into a particular section without feeling lost. … this is an excellent book with a consistently high level of pedagogy throughout. I enthusiastically recommend it for any serious student of statistical physics.' Sidney Redner, Profess of Physics at Boston University