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Published: 26 January 2021

496 Pages | 230 line drawings


ISBN: 9780198865254

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Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters, and Complexity

Second Edition

James P. Sethna

Oxford Master Series in Physics

  • Broad perspective on statistical mechanics as tool for deriving new laws.
  • 80 in-depth exercises in astrophysics, computer science, biology, and social sciences.
  • Avoids traditional focus on molecules, thermodynamics, and quantum mechanics.
  • 70 in-class activities, 33 exercises to test comprehension.
  • 50 ambitious computational exercises, with hint notebooks in Mathematica and Python.

New to this Edition:

  • The number of exercises is almost doubled, with wide-ranging applications to many fields of science.
  • New exercises designed for 'flipped classroom' and remote instruction; handouts and instructions for in-class activities.
  • 50 ambitious computational exercises, accompanied by hint notebooks in Python and Mathematica.
  • Polished answer key available for instructors, with additional teaching content for many exercises.

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