© 1999

Statistical Mechanics

A Short Treatise


  • The author is one of the leading scientists in mathematical physics and a well-known expert in statistical mechanics

  • This work on the fundamental concepts is unparalleled in the literature


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Giovanni Gallavotti
    Pages 1-55
  3. Giovanni Gallavotti
    Pages 57-87
  4. Giovanni Gallavotti
    Pages 89-110
  5. Giovanni Gallavotti
    Pages 111-127
  6. Giovanni Gallavotti
    Pages 129-173
  7. Giovanni Gallavotti
    Pages 175-207
  8. Giovanni Gallavotti
    Pages 209-231
  9. Giovanni Gallavotti
    Pages 233-251
  10. Giovanni Gallavotti
    Pages 253-312
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 313-339

About this book


This book presents a critical and modern analysis of the conceptual foundations of statistical mechanics as laid down in Boltzmann's works. The author emphasizes the relation between microscopic reversibility and macroscopic irreversibility. Students will find a clear and detailed explanation of fundamental concepts such as equipartition, entropy, and ergodicity. They will learn about Brownian motion, the modern treatment of the thermodynamic limit phase transitions, the microscopic and macroscopic theory of the coexistence of phases, statistical mechanics of stationary states, and fluctuations and dissipation in chaotic motions.


Dissipation entropy material mechanics phase Transition stability statistical mechanics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di FisicaUniversità degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”RomaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Statistical Mechanics
  • Book Subtitle A Short Treatise
  • Authors Giovanni Gallavotti
  • Series Title Texts and Monographs in Physics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-64883-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-08438-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-662-03952-6
  • Series ISSN 1864-5879
  • Series E-ISSN 1864-5887
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 342
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Complex Systems
    Statistical Physics and Dynamical Systems
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From the reviews
"Gallavotti has written a somewhat ideological and quite personal book. Certainly one may disagree with him on some issues. But he has expert knowledge of what he discusses and also of many things he chooses not to discuss. And since he also knows the history of the subject, his opinion must be taken seriously. We may thus thank Gallavotti for giving us a fresh, authorative and readable introduction to a fundamental area of conceptual physics." (D. Ruelle, Physics Today, 2001)