Statistical Physics

An Introduction

  • Daijiro Yoshioka

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. General Principles

  3. Elementary Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Pages 47-66
    3. Pages 89-111
  4. More Advanced Topics

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 183-208

About this book


This book provides a comprehensive presentation of the basics of statistical physics. The first part explains the essence of statistical physics and how it provides a bridge between microscopic and macroscopic phenomena, allowing one to derive quantities such as entropy. Here the author avoids going into details such as Liouville’s theorem or the ergodic theorem, which are difficult for beginners and unnecessary for the actual application of the statistical mechanics. In the second part, statistical mechanics is applied to various systems which, although they look different, share the same mathematical structure. In this way readers can deepen their understanding of statistical physics. The book also features applications to quantum dynamics, thermodynamics, the Ising model and the statistical dynamics of free spins.


Entropy Free energy Statistical physics molecule particles phase Transition thermodynamics

Authors and affiliations

  • Daijiro Yoshioka
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Basic ScienceThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-28605-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-28606-6
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