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Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters, and Complexity: Second Edition

James P. Sethna


This text distills the core ideas of statistical mechanics to make room for new advances important to information theory, complexity, active matter, and dynamical systems. Chapters address random walks, equilibrium systems, entropy, free energies, quantum systems, calculation and computation, order parameters and topological defects, correlations and linear response theory, and abrupt and continuous phase transitions. Exercises explore the enormous range of phenomena where statistical mechanics provides essential insight — from card shuffling to how cells avoid errors when copying DNA, from th ... More

Keywords: Statistical mechanics, entropy, order parameters, complexity, emergence, ergodicity, quantum, Ising, phase transition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198865247
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198865247.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James P. Sethna, author
Cornell University