© 1991

From Microphysics to Macrophysics

Methods and Applications of Statistical Physics


  • Classical often requested text made available again as softcover

  • Textbook for courses on statistical physics and thermodynamics

  • Wide range of applications

  • Volume I of 2 volume book


Part of the Texts and Monographs in Physics book series (TMP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXII
  2. Roger Balian
    Pages 1-13
  3. Roger Balian
    Pages 15-48
  4. Roger Balian
    Pages 49-99
  5. Roger Balian
    Pages 101-140
  6. Roger Balian
    Pages 141-180
  7. Roger Balian
    Pages 181-239
  8. Roger Balian
    Pages 307-348
  9. Roger Balian
    Pages 349-390
  10. Roger Balian
    Pages 391-448
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 449-465

About this book


This text not only provides a thorough introduction to statistical physics and thermodynamics but also exhibits the universality of the chain of ideas that leads from the laws of microphysics to the macroscopic behaviour of matter. A wide range of applications teaches students how to make use of the concepts, and many exercises will help to deepen their understanding. Drawing on both quantum mechanics and classical physics, the book follows modern research in statistical physics.

Volume I discusses in detail the probabilistic description of quantum or classical systems, the Boltzmann-Gibbs distributions, the conservation laws, and the interpretation of entropy as missing information. Thermodynamics and electromagnetism in matter are dealt with, as well as applications to gases, both dilute and condensed, and to phase transitions.

Volume II applies statistical methods to systems governed by quantum effects, in particular to solid state physics, explaining properties due to the crystal structure or to the lattice excitations or to the electrons. Liquid helium is discussed and radiative equilibrium and transport are studied. The last chapters are devoted to non-equilibrium processes and to kinetic equations, with many applications included.

This softcover edition accomodates the many requests to make this widely used and often cited classical text available again.




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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.CEA, Direction des Sciences de la Matière, Service de Physique Théorique de Saclay, F-91191 Gif-sur-YvetteFrance and Ecole PolytechniquePalaiseauFrance

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title From Microphysics to Macrophysics
  • Book Subtitle Methods and Applications of Statistical Physics
  • Authors Roger Balian
  • Series Title Texts and Monographs in Physics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-53266-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-21916-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-540-45475-5
  • Series ISSN 1864-5879
  • Series E-ISSN 1864-5887
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXII, 465
  • Number of Illustrations 6 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Thermodynamics
    Complex Systems
    Condensed Matter Physics
    Statistical Physics and Dynamical Systems
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