Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics: Foundations and Applications

Hardcover | November 23, 2012

byPhil Attard

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`Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics: Foundations and Applications' builds from basic principles to advanced techniques, and covers the major phenomena, methods, and results of time-dependent systems. It is a pedagogic introduction, a comprehensive reference manual, and anoriginal research monograph. Uniquely, the book treats time-dependent systems by close analogy with their static counterparts, with most of the familiar results of equilibrium thermodynamics and statistical mechanics being generalized and applied to the non-equilibrium case. The book is notable for its unified treatment of thermodynamics, hydrodynamics, stochastic processes, and statistical mechanics, for its self-contained, coherent derivation of a variety of non-equilibrium theorems, and for its quantitative tests against experimental measurements and computersimulations. Systems that evolve in time are more common than static systems, and yet until recently they lacked any over-arching theory. 'Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics' is unique in its unified presentation of the theory of non-equilibrium systems, which has now reached the stage ofquantitative experimental and computational verification. The novel perspective and deep understanding that this book brings offers the opportunity for new direction and growth in the study of time-dependent phenomena. 'Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics' is an invaluable reference manual for experts already working in the field. Research scientists from different disciplines will find the overview of time-dependent systems stimulating and thought-provoking. Lecturers in physics andchemistry will be excited by many fresh ideas and topics, insightful explanations, and new approaches. Graduate students will benefit from its lucid reasoning and its coherent approach, as well as from the chem12physof mathematical techniques, derivations, and computer algorithms.

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`Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics: Foundations and Applications' builds from basic principles to advanced techniques, and covers the major phenomena, methods, and results of time-dependent systems. It is a pedagogic introduction, a comprehensive reference manual, and anoriginal research monograph. Uniquely, the ...

Dr Attard is a research scientist working in the fields of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. He is recently retired as a Professorial Research Fellow at the School of Chemistry, the University of Sydney. He has been awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship by the Australian Research Council, and has held academic positions at u...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.01 inPublished:November 23, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. Prologue2. Fluctuation Theory3. Brownian Motion4. Heat Conduction5. Second Entropy For Fluctuating Hydrodynamics6. Heat Convection and Non-Equilibrium Phase Transitions7. Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics8. Non-Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics9. Statistical Mechanics of Steady Flow: Heat and Shear10. Generalised Langevin Equation11. Non-Equilibrium Computer Simulation AlgorithmsReferencesIndex