Scheck's textbook starts with a concise introduction to classical thermodynamics, including geometrical aspects. Then a short
introduction to probabilities and statistics lays the basis for the statistical interpretation of thermodynamics. Phase transitions,
discrete models and the stability of matter are explained in great detail.Thermodynamics has a special role in theoretical
physics. Due to the general approach of thermodynamics the field has as a bridging function between several areas like the
theory of condensed matter, elementary particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology. The classical thermodynamics describes
predominantly averaged properties of matter, reaching from few particle systems and state of matter to stellar objects. Statistical
Thermodynamics covers the same fields, but explores them in greater depth and unifies classical statistical mechanics with
quantum theory of multiple particle systems.
The content is presented as two tracks: the fast track for master
students, providing the essentials, and the intensive track for all wanting to get in depth knowledge of the field. Clearly
labelled material and sections guide students through the preferred level of treatment. Numerous problems and worked examples
will provide successful access to Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics.