MEHRAN KARDAR is Professor of Physics at MIT, where he has taught and Statistical Physics of Particles includes a concise introduction to the mathematics . Statistical Mechanics is a probabilistic approach to equilibrium properties of large Kardar’s textbook Statistical Physics of Particles. (Image by Mehran Kardar). This is the second term in a two-semester course on statistical mechanics. Kardar’s textbook Statistical Physics of Fields. (Image by Mehran Kardar) course in the sequence is Statistical Mechanics I: Statistical Mechanics of Particles.

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Based on lectures taught by Professor Kardar at MIT, this textbook introduces the mehran.statistiacl concepts and tools of statistical physics. It contains a chapter on probability and related issues such as the central limit theorem and information theory, and covers interacting particles, with an extensive description of the van der Waals equation and its derivation by mean field approximation.

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It also contains an integrated set of problems, with mehran.statistical to selected problems at the end of the book and a complete set of solutions is available to lecturers on a mehran.statistocal protected website at www.

A companion volume, Statistical Physics of Fields, discusses non-mean field aspects of scaling and critical phenomena, through the perspective of renormalization group. Read more Mehan.statistical less. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 mehran.statistial 1. Statistical Physics of Fields. Principles of Quantum Mechanics. Editorial Reviews Review “In this much-needed modern text, Kardar presents a remarkably clear view of statistical mechanics as a whole, revealing the relationships between different parts of this diverse subject.

In two volumes, the classical beginnings of thermodynamics are connected smoothly to a thoroughly modern view of fluctuation effects, stochastic dynamics, and renormalization and scaling theory. Students will appreciate the precision and clarity in which difficult concepts are presented in generality and by example. I particularly like the wealth of interesting and instructive problems inspired by diverse phenomena throughout physics and beyond!

Statistical Physics of Fields is the welcome result of an innovative and popular graduate course Kardar has been teaching at MIT for almost twenty mfhran.statistical. It is a masterful account of the essentials of a subject which played a vital role mehra.statistical the development of twentieth century physics Statistical Physics of Fields builds on the foundation laid by the Statistical Physics of Particles, with an account of the revolutionary developments of the past 35 years, many of which were facilitated by renormalization group ideas.

Much of the subject matter is inspired by problems in condensed matter physics, with a number of pioneering contributions originally due to Kardar himself.


Indeed, Kardar is an extremely rare scientist, being both brilliant in formalism and an astoundingly careful and thorough teacher. He demonstrates both aspects of his range of talents in this pair of books, which belong on the bookshelf of every serious student of theoretical statistical physics.

Written by a leader in the field, it provides a crystal clear, elegant and comprehensive coverage of the field of statistical physics. I am sure this book will become the reference for the next generation of researchers, students and paarticles in kardaf physics.

I wish I had this book when I was a student but I will have the privilege to rely on it for my teaching. The first volume, Statistical Physics of Particles, is distinguished by its useful feature of teaching physics by example With that volume Kardar has produced an excellent and unique textbook that will serve our community well for many years.

Based on lectures for a statistical mechanics course, this textbook introduces the central concepts and tools of statistical physics including solutions that are available to lecturers at www. A companion volume, discusses non-mean field aspects of scaling and critical phenomena, through the perspective of renormalization group. See all Editorial Reviews. Product details File Size: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits Publisher: June 7, Sold by: Is this feature helpful?

Thank you for your feedback. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 22 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I think it’s one of the clearest exposition This book is so beautiful. I think it’s one of the clearest exposition on statistical mechanics.

The derivations follow a bit of the Landau Lifshitz style, being very systematic and rigorous at the same time, and very economical on word count. It’s also very concise, I would say if you like the Landau series, you’ll like this. I also like the emphasis on probability. I find a lot of statistical mechanics can just be derived from information theory, which unifies the whole subject, and Kardar uses that fact to make the whole treatment very unified.

Beware, however, the problems are very hard, and require complete mastery of the material to solve some require an ingenious trick. One person found this helpful. This book is extremely careful in its derivations, which makes line by line careful study very helpful. I really like this. Furthermore, it’s able to to cover a very large amount of material in very few pages by being as direct as possible Ideally, for a first course, I prefer a systematic approach, leaving the intuitive stuff only when it’s justified.

Beware, however, the problems are very hard, and often require very good command of the material. I cannot endorse this book highly enough, and expect it’ll become sort of the ‘jackson’ of stat mech 2. Perhaps I am a bit biased as I took Mehran Kardar’s statistical mechanics class, but this is the best graduate-level statistical mechanics textbook I have looked at including Pathria, Huang, and Landau.

In the tradition of Landau’s excellent mechanics textbook, Kardar is a master of statistical physics who starts with only basic assumptions about the nature of the physical laws in each chapter, and derives wonderful results elucidating the nature of statistical physics. The meat of the textbook is less than pages and includes all of the basic results of thermodynamics, a section on probability, an introduction to kinetic theory, and the bulk of classical and quantum statistical mechanics; brevity is the soul of wit, as they say.


A few areas could have used a little more elaboration the derivation of the Boltzmann equation seemed to skip a few important steps in implementing the streaming collision terms, and a better explanation for the basics of diagrammatical techniques would have been nicebut none of the other books I have looked at even broached these topics in any depth.

Unlike Landau’s excellent statistical physics book, very little assumed knowledge is required to follow this textbook; obviously, skill in elementary algebra, calculus, differential equations, and a bit of Hamiltonian mechanics and a few very basic results of quantum mechanics are prerequisites. Ok, this book will make you work for everything, no free stuff here. Chapters give you only basic information, and you have to work out exercises in the end of the chapter to get the details. I’m really enjoying the book so far.

The quality of the content is 4 to 5 stars. However, I feel really ripped off as to the price and length. This book is something pages. And the author released another page book along side it.

Together, these two books would make a legitimate 80 dollar book. But dollars is a rip off to be honest. The book should be “Statistical Physics” and part one should be “Statistical Physics of Particles” and part two should be “Statistical Physics of Fields.

This is a great book for my graduate level Stat. It starts off simple and basic and builds. It’s well written and the problems at the end of the chapters make you think and sometimes google how to solve them. The writer was great too and responded when I asked him questions.

The solutions in the back are nice and Dr. Kardar was willing to send me additional solutions to the ones that weren’t in the back.

A great book, a great author. I used both this text and Pathria for a graduate level class in statistical mechanics. Kardar’s treatment is very modern and has a wonderful perspective. However, it is very mathematical while managing to not be very thorough. The problems were very good and the worked solutions in the back were quite helpful. For the material covered in this book, I preferred Pathria, which was in general far more thorough.

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