Are there any good books to understand the BBKGY equations of kinetic theory?
Equilibrium and Non-Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics, by Radu Balescu
A short up to the point presentation, section 3.5 of K. Huang's 'Statistical Mechanics' (2nd Edition).
And there's the R. Liboff's book of 1969 (you can look it up at the nearest library):
In the context of plasma physics I really like the treatment in "introduction to plasma theory" by Nicholson. Check your library, as it has been out of print for awhile.
Liboff's "Kinetic Theory" (2nd edition in 1998, a newer 3rd edition is out, too) isn't bad, either.
Thanks for all your reply. I am a kinetic theory junkie.
I am half way through in Liboff, but now am switching to Huang, because you said it is shorter, and I also find that it can lead to Boltzmann equation immediately.
'BBKGY' is so hard to spell! And I cannot even pronounce those Russian names.
I have found a very good book on the introduction to BBKGY: <Statistical Physics of Particles> by Mehran Kardar.
In one breath (chapter) he/she explained Liouville's theorem, ensemble average, derived the BBKGY equations, which are used to prove the Boltzmann equation and hydrodynamics in a very clear manner.
I finally understood the BBKGY.
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