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I am aware of the fact that statistical mechanics is a vast subject that reaches up to the chemistry/physics of matter and I would not like to get lost in details and applications that are too specific to these fields.

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I am aware of the fact that statistical mechanics is a vast subject that reaches up to the chemistry/physics of matter and I would not like to get lost in details and applications that are too specific to these fields.

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Because "how much" and "how little" are the same question, these questions can be restated as "what is the minimum I can get away with?"

That tends not to be an attitude leading to success,

That tends not to be an attitude leading to success,

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I just finished studying Berkeley Statistical Physics by Reif. Some things I already knew, from Tong's notes. What should I study to get on with statistical mechanics at an appropriate level in your opinion? I saw that there are various statistical mechanics textbooks, what do you recommend and what are the differences?

For example, Kardar's "Statistical Physics of Particles" is much shorter than books by Reif, Huang, Landau or Pathria, why? Which book (or notes) can help me understand the topics you mentioned and the ones I mentioned? Thank you

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P. Danielewicz, Quantum Theory of Nonequilibrium Processes

I, Ann. Phys. 152, 239 (1984),

https://doi.org/10.1016/0003-4916(84)90092-7

P. Danielewicz, Quantum Theory of Nonequilibrium Processes

II. Application to Nuclear Collisions, Ann. Phys. 152, 305

(1984), https://doi.org/10.1016/0003-4916(84)90093-9

For the relativistic case

J. I. Kapusta and C. Gale, Finite-Temperature Field Theory;

Principles and Applications, Cambridge University Press, 2

edn. (2006).

N. P. Landsmann and C. G. van Weert, Real- and

Imaginary-time Field Theory at Finite Temperature and

Density, Physics Reports 145, 141 (1987),

https://doi.org/10.1016/0370-1573(87)90121-9

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I am starting to study QFT, but I am also interested in astrophysics, cosmology, and black holes. In general, I am interested in a statistical mechanics book that will allow me to understand graduate level physics.

My current level is: notes by Tong + Berkeley Statistical Physics by Reif (the small book, which is introductory level)

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