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Recommend a Statistical Mechanics Textbook

  1. Jun 17, 2016 #1

    Although I'll be taking a course on statistical mechanics next term, I'm looking to work through the details of statistical mechanics on my own in the summer. Which textbook would one recommended. I have heard that Schrdoder's and Kerson Huang's books are good.

    Any suggestions? And how do the aforementioned books compare?
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  3. Jun 17, 2016 #2
    Kerson Huang is good but many graduate departments do not use it and tend to use Pathria and Beale which is also very good. Huang and Pathria/Beale are both definitely graduate level. I do not have Schroeder but I believe this one is more upper level undergraduate level. I have heard Huang treats the Ising model in depth, but I have never studied that section.
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