Entropy, Large Deviations, and Statistical Mechanics
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From the reviews: "... Each chapter of the book is followed by a notes section and by a problems section. There are over 100 problems, many of which have hints. The book may be recommended as a text, it provides a completly self-contained reading ..." --S. Pogosian in Zentralblatt für Mathematik
Provides a unified and mathematically appealing account of aspects statistical mechanics in a self-contained text
Assumes no background in the physics, and explains the necessary physical background
Each chapter is followed by a section of explanatory notes and problems
Includes more than 100 problems, many with hints to solutions
Richard S. Ellis received his B.A. degree in mathematics and German literature from Harvard University in 1969 and his Ph.D. degree in mathematics from New York University in 1972. After spending three years at Northwestern University, he moved to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies. His research interests in mathematics focus on the theory of large deviations and on applications to statistical mechanics and other areas. Information on his interests outside mathematics is available at http://www.math.umass.edu/~rsellis. He is Alison’s husband and Melissa’s and Michael’s father.