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Elements of Statistical Mechanics
With an Introduction to Quantum Field Theory and Numerical Simulation


  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521143646


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  • This concise introduction to the key concepts and tools of modern statistical mechanics is self-contained. Combining analytical and numerical techniques, it also covers advanced topics such as non-relativistic quantum field theory. After introducing classical analytical techniques, the authors present important numerical methods and a diverse range of applications. Quantum statistical mechanics is then analyzed and applied to topics in astrophysics and cosmology. Combining the authors' many years' experience of teaching courses in this area, this textbook is ideal for advanced students in physics, chemistry and mathematics.

    • Analytical and numerical techniques in one text, including sample codes and solved problems on the web at
    • Covers a wide range of applications including magnetic systems, turbulence astrophysics and biology
    • Contains a concise introduction to Markov processes and molecular dynamics
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    "It is a well-written book, providing general information and stimulating discussions on different and relevant topics in many-particle physical systems. In this sense it constitutes a short and introductory guide to many subjects which may be of interest for undergraduate and postgraduate students in physics, a purpose clearly established in the preface."
    Marco Corgini, Mathematical Reviews

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    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521143646
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of fundamental physical constraints
    1. The problem
    2. Statistical mechanics
    3. Variations of a theme
    4. Handling interactions
    5. Monte Carlo integration
    6. Numerical molecular dynamics
    7. Quantum statistical mechanics
    8. Astrophysics
    9. Non-relativistic quantum field theory
    10. Superfluidity
    11. Path integrals
    12. A second look
    13. Phase transitions and the renormalization group

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  • Authors

    Ivo Sachs, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munchen

    Siddhartha Sen, Trinity College, Dublin

    James Sexton, Trinity College, Dublin

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