[PDF] Elements of Thermostatistics, Second Edition

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Author: Dirk ter Haar | Publisher: Holt,Rinehart & Winston of Canada Ltd | Category: Physics | Language: English | Page: 316 | ISBN: 0030559952 | ISBN13: 9780030559952 |

Description: PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION More than thirteen years have elapsed since the manuscript of the first edition was completed. For some time it has been clear that a second edition was needed. In the last fifteen years statistical mechanics has developed at an enormous pace, and a textbook on statistical mechanics should take these developments into account. When I started to contemplate what changes should be made, it soon became clear that, if the book were to cover even approximately the same ground as the first edition did, it would have to be greatly expanded. It was then decided to split the book into two parts, the first volume covering the basic theory a second volume, advanced theory. As a result, the present volume is now probably more suitable as a textbook for advanced undergraduate courses than the first edition was. To improve its usefulness a variety of problems has been included. I am greatly indebted to R. Kubo and the North Holland Publishing Company for permission to incorporate some of the problems from Kubo's Statistical Mechanics and to the Oxford University Press for permission to incorporate problems from Oxford University Examination Papers. To some extent I have adopted Kubo's philosophy in that I feel that, to get the greatest advantage from the present volume, the student should work through most of the problems and so learn the subject by practicing it. A number of topics-especially in the theory of metals and semiconductors, which were treated in the text of the first edition, have now been relegated to the problems section, partly to give the student experience in using statistical methods and partly to make room for other topics. I should like to express my thanks to the many readers, users, and reviewers who have given me the benefit of their comments and criticism. In many cases I have followed their advice, and I have found that the reactions of my own students especially have been invaluable in finding out obscure passages that needed clarification. I have finally had the strength ofmy convictions and have used Kramers' terminology "Thermostatistics" in the title of the second edition. A 'comparison between the first edition and the second edition will show that the present volume contains Chapters I to IV of the first edition as Chapters I to 4 Chapters V and VI of the first edition make up the present xi xii Preface to the Second Edition Chapter 5, while Chapter VII becomes Chapter 6. Parts of Chapter IX of the first edition are incorporated in Chapter 4 and in a problem at the end of Chapter 5 Chapter X and XI of the old edition have been nearly completely incorporated in various problems and some topics of Chapter XIII have also been incorporated in problems. A few sections of the first appendix have been put either in problems or in Chapters 5 and 6 Appendix II has become Chapter 8 Appendix III, Chapter 9 Appendix IV, Section 4.5 and Appendix VI, Chapter 7. The various parts of the mathematical appendix have been inserted at the appropriate spots in the earlier chapters. The main new topics covered in this book are the Saha equilibrium (Section 6.9), the Kramers-Casimir discussion of the third law (Section 9.2), fluctuations (Sections 7.1 and 7.2), and a more extensive discussion of the density matrix. A fair amount of new material is also to be found in the problems sections. Readers will probably also notice that the notation has been changed considerably to bring it in line with present-day practice. Once again I appeal to readers and reviewers to let me have the benefit of their detailed criticism. D. t. H. Magdalen College, Oxford May 1966

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