Statistical Theory of Heat

  • Florian Scheck

Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Florian Scheck
    Pages 1-38
  3. Florian Scheck
    Pages 39-74
  4. Florian Scheck
    Pages 75-103
  5. Florian Scheck
    Pages 105-140
  6. Florian Scheck
    Pages 197-227
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 229-233

About this book


Scheck’s textbook starts with a concise introduction to classical thermodynamics, including geometrical aspects. Then a short introduction to probabilities and statistics lays the basis for the statistical interpretation of thermodynamics. Phase transitions, discrete models and the stability of matter are explained in great detail. Thermodynamics has a special role in theoretical physics. Due to the general approach of thermodynamics the field has a bridging function between several areas like the theory of condensed matter, elementary particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology. The classical thermodynamics describes predominantly averaged properties of matter, reaching from few particle systems and state of matter to stellar objects. Statistical Thermodynamics covers the same fields, but explores them in greater depth and unifies classical statistical mechanics with quantum theory of multiple particle systems.

The content is presented as two tracks: the fast track for master students, providing the essentials, and the intensive track for all wanting to get in depth knowledge of the field. Clearly labelled material and sections guide students through the preferred level of treatment. Numerous problems and worked examples will provide successful access to Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Florian Scheck
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für PhysikUniversität MainzMainzGermany

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