Textbook for understanding thermodynamics

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I'm taking a second course in thermodynamics and statmech, but it has always been a subject I have found unintuitive. Could anyone recommend a clear, concise textbook with a strong emphasis on mathematics/ mathematical physics? Thank you for any suggestions.
 

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For physics? Mechanical engineering? Chemistry?
 
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for physics, leaning more towards the theoretical/mathematical side than applications, if possible.
 
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Kittel?
 
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Also the book by Ira Levine is quite good. Don't try Atkins in my opinion. Atkins does "half-derivations" which left me with a "half-understanding" of concepts.
 
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As an introduction my favorite is

H. B. Callen, Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Statistical Physics

A standard advanced textbook is

F. Reif, Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics

A very good one is also

C. M Van Vliet, Equilibrium and Non-Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics

Also vol. V of Landau and Lifshitz is highly recommendable. Also Vols. IX and X on quantum equilibrium and kinetic theory (transport equations), respectively, are excellent.
 
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