Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics
An Introduction to Key Concepts
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It begins with a review of classical probability theory and quantum theory, as well as a careful discussion of the notions of information and entropy, prior to embarking on the development of statistical physics proper. The crucial steps leading from the microscopic to the macroscopic domain are rendered transparent. In particular, the laws of thermodynamics are shown to emerge as natural consequences of the statistical framework. While the emphasis is on clarifying the basic concepts, the text
also contains many applications and classroom-tested exercises, covering all major topics of a standard course on statistical physics and thermodynamics.