Statistical Thermodynamics

Statistical Thermodynamics

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In this concise volume, one of the founder of quantum mechanics and one of the greatest theoretical physicists of the century (Nobel laureate, 1933) attempts to develop a simple, unified standard method of dealing with all cases of statistical thermodynamics (classical, quantum, Bose-Einstein, Fermi-Dirac, etc.) The level of discussion is relatively advanced. As Professor Schrodinger remarks in the Introduction: "It is not a first introduction for newcomers to the subject, but rather a 'repetitorium.' The treatment of those topics which are to be found in every one of a hundred text-books is severely condensed; on the other hand, vital points which are usually passed over in all but the large monographs (such as Fowler's and Tolman's) are dealt with at greater level.""show more

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  • Paperback | 95 pages
  • 136 x 198 x 10mm | 158.76g
  • Dover Publications Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0486661016
  • 9780486661018
  • 219,004

Table of contents

I. General introduction II. The method of the most probable distribution III. Discussion of the Nernst theorem IV. Examples on the second section   (a) Free mass-point (ideal monatomic gas)   (b) Planck's oscillator   (c) Fermi oscillator V. Fluctuations VI. The method of mean values VII. The n-particle problem VIII. Evaluation of the formulae. Limiting cases     The entropy constant     The failure of the classical theory. Gibb's paradox     Digression: Annihilation of matter?     Digression on the uncertainty relation     Gas-degeneration proper     Weak degeneration     Medium degeneration     Strong degeneration     (a) Strong Fermi-Dirac degeneration     (b) Strong Bose-Einstein degeneration IX. The problem of radiation   Appendixshow more

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