Synopses & Reviews
In the 1950s, the distinguished theoretical physicist Wolfgang Pauli delivered a landmark series of lectures at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. His comprehensive coverage of the fundamentals of classical and modern physics was painstakingly recorded not only by his students but also by a number of collaborators whose carefully edited transcriptions resulted in a remarkable six-volume work.
This volume, the fourth in the series, represents a concise course on statistical mechanics, centering on the historic development of the basic ideas and on the logical structure of the theory. Major chapter headings include General Statistical Mechanics, Brownian Motion, and Quantum Statistics.
Originally published in 1973, the text remains an important resource thanks to Pauli's manner of presentation. As Victor F. Weisskopf notes in the Foreword to the series, Pauli's style is "commensurate to the greatness of its subject in its clarity and impact. . . . Pauli's lectures show how physical ideas can be presented clearly and in good mathematical form, without being hidden in formalistic expertise." Alone or as part of the complete set, this volume represents a solid introduction to statistical mechanics that will be invaluable to individuals, as well as to libraries and other institutions.
Synopsis
Important text represents a concise course on the subject, centering on the historic development of basic ideals and logical structure of the theory, with particular emphasis on Brownian motion and quantum statistics.
Synopsis
Important text represents a concise course on the subject, centering on the historic development of basic ideals and logical structure of the theory, with particular emphasis on Brownian motion and quantum statistics.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Victor F. Weisskopf
Preface by the Editor
1. Stosszahlansatz
1. Concepts from the elementary kinetic theory of gases
2. Collision laws
3. Change of the distribution function due to collisions
4. Stationary distributions
5. Transport phenomena
6. Meaning of the H-theorem. Temperature
7. Statistics of an ideal gas
2. General Statistical Mechanics
8. Phase space and Liouville's theorem
9. Microcanonical ensemble
10. Canonical ensemble
11. Thermodynamic functions of state
12. General density distributions
13. Applications
14. Grand canonical ensemble
3. Brownian Motion
15. Introduction
16. Langevin's theory
17. Theory of H. A. Lorentz
18. Einstein's theory
4. Quantum Statistics
19. Theory of blackbody radiation
20. Theory of solids
21. Adiabatic invariants
22. Vapor pressure. Nernst's theorem
23. Einstein's theory of blackbody radiation
24. Quantum statistics of identical particles
Bibliography
Appendix. Comments by the Editor
Index