‘Statistical physics has grown over the past few decades’ way beyond its original aims for the understanding of gases and thermal systems at equilibrium, and it is hard to agree on its precise scope, let alone to write a definitive textbook on the subject. [This book] succeeds remarkably well in this task. Cutting a broad swath through the many ramifications of statistical physics in recent times, the book includes a comprehensive review of the many techniques and paradigmatic systems that have come to be regarded as standards of the field. Having solidly covered these essentials, in the third and last part of the book the authors discuss a smorgasbord of topics, from coarsening and kinetic roughening, to pattern formation, to phase-ordering phenomena, selected from their decades of research and expertise in these areas. The book is ambitious and rather comprehensive in its scope. The explanations are succinct and crystal clear, making the volume valuable not only as a textbook but also as a reference work that is sure to become ubiquitous on the shelves of students, teachers, and of young and well-seasoned researchers alike.'
Daniel ben-Avraham - Clarkson University, New York
'Nonequilibrium statistical physics provides the foundation for a plethora of interdisciplinary applications throughout the natural sciences, and courses on this subject are therefore becoming an integral part of physics curricula all over the world. Livi and Politi systematically build up the material from the fundamentals of stochastic processes and linear response theory to current research topics, and explain every step in the most pedagogical and transparent manner. This carefully crafted textbook is certain to become a standard reference for years to come.'
Joachim Krug - University of Cologne
'The most elementary equilibrium theory is the one typically taught in undergraduate courses, while the more advanced non-equilibrium theory is usually left for postgraduate courses, whenever the opportunity to teach it exists. However, there are rather few textbooks on the field, and the existing ones are somewhat specialised. Thus, the arrival of this book is highly welcome since this is certainly a textbook on the subject primarily designed for students. … The textbook is written with a pedagogical style and the authors have paid much attention to just mentioning certain key ideas, avoiding a detailed description that certainly would go beyond its scope. … The textbook can be highly beneficial for acquiring a good picture of non-equilibrium statistical physics. It can be used for different purposes, and the contents can be adapted to different levels of students.'
Miguel A. F. Sanjuán
Source: Contemporary Physics
'Livi and Politi have set themselves the goal of presenting the derivations in their book as fully as possible and well comprehensible for students, which they overall succeed in. With skill, they choose the most transparent and pedagogically efficient access for each topic. The numerous appendices are also very useful, in which mathematical bases such as the central limit theorem or functional derivatives are treated as well as further topics, such as the renormalization of the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang equation. At the end of each chapter, the authors give annotated bibliographic references to monographs and reviews on the respective topic areas. With this textbook, the authors make an important contribution to establishing and canonising the statistical physics of non-equilibrium as one of the liveliest areas of theoretical physics. Therefore, I wish the book many readers and users.'
Source: Translated from Physik Journal
'The smart organizational choices mean that readers can get a feeling for the physical concepts involved and for where to find more information. A related website collects errata and offers additional resources for students. In addition to difficult choices of subject inclusion, Livi and Politi had to decide how much detail to include … They present the essentials using simple language, give a few examples, and provide a few references to more specialized books and reviews. Then they move on to the next topic. I found the chapters in the book to be reasonably self-contained. Committed students can work through the whole book, and less patient readers can concentrate on one or two chapters at a time. Nonequilibrium Statistical Physics will be welcomed both by students and researchers entering the field and by those who are familiar with some recent developments and would like to learn more about others.'
Source: Physics Today