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Foundations of Statistical Mechanics (Monographs in Natural Philosophy)

Oliver Penrose

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ISBN 10: 0080133142 / ISBN 13: 9780080133140
Published by Elsevier, 1970
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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First Edition. No markings in book. Book and DJ with light shelf wear to edges. From the DJ flap: The aim of this book is to show how statistical mechanics can be built up deductively from a small number of well-defined assumptions. Bookseller Inventory # 3003865

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Title: Foundations of Statistical Mechanics (...

Publisher: Elsevier

Publication Date: 1970

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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This volume demonstrates the manner in which statistical mechanics can be built up deductively from a small number of well-defined physical assumptions. A solid basis for the deductive structure is provided by embodying these assumptions in a system of five postulates that describe an idealized model of real physical systems. These postulates play a theoretical role similar to that of the first and second laws in thermodynamics.
The first chapter concerns the primary physical assumptions and their idealization in the form of postulates. The following three chapters examine the consequences of these postulates, culminating in the derivation of the fundamental formulas for calculating probabilities in terms of dynamical quantities. Two concluding chapters are devoted to an analysis of the notion of entropy, illustrating its links between statistical mechanics and thermodynamics and between statistical mechanics and communication theory. Because this book deals mostly with general principles, its only detailed considerations of physical applications are in terms of the system with the simplest possible dynamics: the ideal classical gas, which is discussed both in its equilibrium and its nonequilibrium aspects.
Intended for readers with a knowledge of physics at the advanced undergraduate and graduate levels, this volume considers topics of interest not only to physicists, but also to statisticians, communication theorists, chemists, and mathematicians.

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