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I just picked up Liboff's Kinetic Theory, which seems like it covers a lot of the same concepts from a more abstract standpoint, and is a pleasure to read, but it probably wouldn't be a good fit with a standard course, since the material covered seems to be much different than that covered by the more "standard" books.

People also seem to like Landau/Lifgarbagez, but I've always found those rather dry and unfulfilling as well (though I haven't actually read any of their statistical mechanics texts).

Anyone else?

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PT Landsberg, Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics,

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For statistical mechanics, I highly recommend "Statistical Mechanics of Particles" by M. Kardar. The first chapter is a concise review of thermodynamics. In the 2nd chapter, Kardar reviews all the probability that you need for the rest of the book. Chapter 3 (the Toughest) is on the kinetic theory of gases (Boltzmann equation, H-theorem, ....). Chpater 4,5 are on Classical Statitical Mechanics. Chapter 6 is on quantum statitcal mechanics. Chapter 7 is concenred with quantum ideal gases Fermions, bosons).

The book is self-contained , concise and complete solutions for half of the problems are provided at the end of the text.

The book is self-contained , concise and complete solutions for half of the problems are provided at the end of the text.

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thermal physics by Daniel V. Schroeder

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