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In summary, a few books to read parallel to Huang's Statistical Mechanics are Sethna, Ma, Fung, Landau Lifshitz V, and Becker.

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When I had my undergrad course in statistical mechanics we used Huang as main reference: I have to admit I did not like it that much, but I would not go as far as to say it's a bad book. Anyway, here are a few other books you might want to look at:

Landau, Lifshitz - Course of theoretical physics vol. 5 (classic)

Sethna - Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters and Complexity (unusual approach with quite a lot of insights, I believe this is very good to use as a supplement)

Politi - Statistical Mechanics in a Nutshell (dense, somebody says terse, but I used to find it clear and straight to the point, haven't opened this in >2 years though)

Ma, Fung - Statistical Mechanics (this is a bit more advanced maybe but might be useful)

I think Sethna used to be freely available as a pdf, and you can surely find the others in your university's library.

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H. B. Callen, Thermodynamics and an Introduction to

Thermostatistics, John Wiley&Sons, New York, Chichester,

Brisbane, Toronto, Singapore, 2 ed. (1985).

though it's a bit too much emphasizing the phenomenological thermodynamics for my taste.

Another very good book is volume 5 of the Berkeley Physics course, written by F. Reif, who also wrote another famous more advanced book on the subject:

F. Reif, Statistical Physics, McGraw-Hill, New York, St.

Louis, San Francisco, London, Sydney (1965).

F. Reif, Fundamentals of statistical and thermal physics,

McGraw Hill Book Company, New York (1965).

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I completely agree. I think Stat Mech is taught first because historically it came first, however related to what you said the resolution to Gibb's paradox of imposing indistinguishability is unmotivated classically. Reading Rau's book the whole subject just "flows" so much more easily. I actually find classical stat mech a bit confusing with all the "tricks" and ad hoc assumptions you have to juggle to avoid QM.vanhees71 said:Particularly Gibbs's paradoxon is not present from the very beginning.

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(For me it doesn't make sense to let the students antisymmetrize product states ("slater determinants") to begin with.)

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I don't believe in the quantum first approach. I like Kardar's Statistical Physics of Particles.

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Kardar is a great book, I'd recommend it as well.atyy said:I don't believe in the quantum first approach. I like Kardar's Statistical Physics of Particles.

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Becker, Theory of Heat is good but it is old. This is grad level too, but might be easier than Pathria/Beale

Reif is good for upper level undergrad but it could be used for graduate too,

Zemansky s is OK for undergrad

Landau Lifshitz V is good too at grad level/

For a discursive treatment Sommerfeld (I think Volume 5) is also very good.

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The main purpose of the companion book to Huang's Statistical Mechanics is to provide additional explanations, examples, and exercises to supplement the material covered in Huang's original text. It serves as a helpful resource for students and researchers studying statistical mechanics.

While the companion book does assume some prior knowledge of statistical mechanics, it can still be a useful resource for beginners. It provides clear explanations and examples that can aid in understanding the concepts covered in Huang's text.

The companion book may include additional material or examples that were not covered in Huang's original text. It may also provide alternative explanations or perspectives on certain topics. However, the core concepts and principles remain consistent between the two texts.

No, the companion book is intended to be used in conjunction with Huang's original text. It does not cover all the material in depth and may not provide sufficient background information for a comprehensive understanding of statistical mechanics on its own.

The companion book can be beneficial for students and researchers studying statistical mechanics at the undergraduate or graduate level. It can also be a helpful resource for those looking to deepen their understanding of the subject or for those seeking additional practice problems and examples.

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