Looking for a solid Introductory Statisical Mechanics textbook.

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Title says it all really, I'm a second year undergraduate from oxford, and currently the textbook i've been using for stat. mech. is "Concepts in Thermal Physics", which was wirtten by my lecturer. I'd like (ideally) something a bit longer to work through suring the holidays, that would provide a complete introduction to the subject (in a similar style to Shankar's "Principles of Quantum Mechanics" and Griffiths's "Introduction to Electrodynamics").

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Reif's book from the Berkely Series is a reasonably decent text
 
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Reif's book from the Berkely Series is a reasonably decent text
I've heard good things about this book. Although it is out of print, but you can find the international edition floating around. Reif's currently in-print book is at a slightly higher level, but is supposed to be very good.
 
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I reccomend the thermodynamics and statistics book from the Greiner series. Because you have in the same book the necessary knowledge on thermodynamics when discussing the thermodynamical limit of statistical ensembles.
 
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Title says it all really, I'm a second year undergraduate from oxford, and currently the textbook i've been using for stat. mech. is "Concepts in Thermal Physics", which was wirtten by my lecturer. I'd like (ideally) something a bit longer to work through suring the holidays, that would provide a complete introduction to the subject (in a similar style to Shankar's "Principles of Quantum Mechanics" and Griffiths's "Introduction to Electrodynamics").
Try Part 2 of http://lanl.arxiv.org/abs/0810.1019

Reichl's ''A modern course in statistical physics'' is also very good, since it shows you the breadth of the subject.
 

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