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Thermal Physics by Ralph Baierlein: A Review

Thermal physics is a branch of physics that deals with the study of heat, temperature, entropy, and the laws of thermodynamics. It is a fundamental subject that has applications in many fields, such as astronomy, chemistry, engineering, and biology. Thermal physics also explores the connections between microscopic and macroscopic phenomena, such as how the behavior of atoms and molecules determines the properties of matter and energy.


One of the textbooks that aims to provide a clear and comprehensive introduction to thermal physics is Thermal Physics by Ralph Baierlein. This book was published by Cambridge University Press in 1999 and has been cited by 76 other works. It is suitable for both undergraduate and graduate students in physics and astronomy who have some background in classical mechanics and quantum theory.

The book consists of 16 chapters, covering topics such as the second law of thermodynamics, entropy, the canonical probability distribution, the partition function, the chemical potential, photons and phonons, the quantum ideal gas, fermions and bosons at low temperature, the free energies, chemical equilibrium, phase equilibrium, the classical limit, approaching zero, transport processes, and critical phenomena. The book also includes an epilogue, four appendices with additional information and examples, and an index. Each chapter contains a summary of essential ideas and a set of problems of varying difficulty. A free solutions manual is available for instructors.

The book has several features that make it an ideal textbook for students seeking an introduction to thermal physics. First, it starts with a review of fundamental ideas in the first chapter, such as temperature, heat, work, energy, and the first law of thermodynamics. This helps to refresh the students' memory and prepare them for more advanced concepts. Second, it introduces entropy and the second law of thermodynamics early in the book (in chapter 2), as these are central concepts in thermal physics. The book also explains how entropy can be conceived microscopically and statistically (in chapter 4), using quantum theory. Third, it builds on a conceptual foundation of four linked elements throughout the book: entropy and the second law, the canonical probability distribution, the partition function, and the chemical potential. These elements help to unify the different topics and provide a consistent framework for understanding thermal physics. Fourth, it explains exciting recent developments in thermal physics, such as Bose-Einstein condensation (in chapter 9) and critical phenomena (in chapter 16). These topics show how thermal physics can be applied to novel phenomena and systems that are relevant to current research.

In conclusion, Thermal Physics by Ralph Baierlein is a clear, instructive, and highly readable textbook that provides a comprehensive grounding in thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and kinetic theory. It is suitable for both undergraduates and graduates in physics and astronomy who want to learn more about this fascinating subject.


  • [Thermal Physics - Cambridge University Press & Assessment]

  • [Thermal Physics Solutions Manual - Ralph Baierlein - Google Books]


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