What We Are Reading Today: Statistical Physics; Volume 1 of Modern Classical Physics

What We Are Reading Today: Statistical Physics; Volume 1 of Modern Classical Physics
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What We Are Reading Today: Statistical Physics; Volume 1 of Modern Classical Physics

What We Are Reading Today: Statistical Physics; Volume 1 of Modern Classical Physics

Edited by Kip S. Thorne and Roger D. Blandford

Kip Thorne and Roger Blandford’s monumental Modern Classical Physics is now available in five stand-alone volumes that make ideal textbooks for individual graduate or advanced undergraduate courses on statistical physics; optics; elasticity and fluid dynamics; plasma physics; and relativity and cosmology. Each volume teaches the fundamental concepts, emphasizes modern, real-world applications, and gives students a physical and intuitive understanding of the subject.

Statistical Physics is an essential introduction that is different from others on the subject because of its unique approach, which is coordinate-independent and geometric; embraces and elucidates the close quantum-classical connection and the relativistic and Newtonian domains; and demonstrates the power of statistical techniques—particularly statistical mechanics—by presenting applications not only to the usual kinds of things, such as gases, liquids, solids, and magnetic materials, but also to a much wider range of phenomena, including black holes, the universe, information and communication, and signal processing amid noise.