Is there much difference between these 2 books by F.Reif?

In summary, the conversation is about comparing two books on statistical mechanics and physics, "Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics" by F.Reif and "Statistical Physics: Berkeley Physics Course in SI Units (Volume - 5)" by F.Reif. The person is wondering if there is a significant difference in coverage and level between the two books and if they should consider purchasing the former. There is also a brief mention of the writing style and quality of problems in "Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics". One person mentions that the latter book seems more advanced and the former is an introductory text.
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Hey all!
I was hoping if you could make some suggestions regarding the following:

I am thinking of buying "Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics" by F.Reif, as it is the recommended book for Statistical Mechanics in my department, where I am doing M.Sc in Physics.
But I already have "Statistical Physics: Berkeley Physics Course in SI Units (Volume - 5)" by F.Reif.
So, my question is there: Is there a substantial difference between the coverage/level-of-coverage between these two books; or are they more less the same? Should I consider buying "Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics" by F.Reif?

Thanks!
 
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Unfortunately, he usually has more to say than you want to listen to; crucial points are often obscured by protracted discussion and excessive mathematical manipulation. You sort of need to read between the lines to extract the important stuff, but that shouldn't be a problem if you have a good prof. And to Reif's credit, it has a lot of neat problems.
here is something written about the "Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics".

As I only used the Berkeley Physics Course Text and read "Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics" only once in library, it seems more advanced.Also Berkeley Physics Course is an Introductory Text.
 

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