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Graduate Thermal Physics

  1. Feb 17, 2009 #1
    What is the "standard" textbook for graduate studies in thermal physics?
     
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  3. Apr 12, 2009 #2

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  4. Apr 12, 2009 #3
    There's also:

    Reif - Statistical and Thermal Physics
    Pathria - Statistical Mechanics.
     
  5. Apr 12, 2009 #4
    And another I like:

    Feynman - "Statistical Mechanics: a set of lectures"

    It's graduate appropriate though.
     
  6. Apr 12, 2009 #5

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    I don't know whether I would consider Reif as graduate level, maybe then also Thermal Physics by Kittel+Kroemer should be mentioned.

    Oh, I forgot to name Schwabl's Statistical Mechanics (all titles are the same :) )
     
  7. Apr 12, 2009 #6
    Hmm, Kittel & Kroemer we used for my undergraduate statistical physics course, and that was during sophomore year, so I'd exclude that one, maybe.
     
  8. Apr 13, 2009 #7

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    Yeah, we did too. But Reif is similar to Kittel & Kroemer in my opinion.
    Well, it's not that important, everyone can check it out for himself.
     
  9. Apr 13, 2009 #8

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    A not so standard, but classic book is "The Principles of Statistical Mechanics" by R. C. Tolman. Mostly concentrates on foundations.
     
  10. Apr 13, 2009 #9
    Kittel & Kroemer is the worst book on the subject I've ever seen. Reif is much better. Both are used to teach at the undergraduate level, so it may be that students don't see the difference as the Prof. will typically skip over the very detailed explanations given in Reif. Also, the last few chapters in Reif on non-equilibrium statistical mechanics are typically not covered at all in undergraduate courses.
     
  11. Apr 13, 2009 #10

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    I'd also like to point out that Leonard Susskind of stanford is teaching a course on statistical mechanics currently, and the videos should be on itunes in a few months. Scans of few pages of his lecture notes are available here: http://www.welkinsky.com/Statistical_Mechanics/Lecture_1.html [Broken]
     
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