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Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

Phil Attard

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199662760
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745287 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199662760.001.0001
Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

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This book builds from basic principles to advanced techniques, and covers the major phenomena, methods, and results of time-dependent systems. The book treats time-dependent systems by close analogy with their static counterparts, with most of the familiar equilibrium results being generalised to the non-equilibrium case. The book is notable for its unified treatment of thermodynamics, hydrodynamics, stochastic processes, and statistical mechanics; for its coherent derivations of a variety of theorems; and for its quantitative tests against experimental measurements and computer simulations. Systems that evolve over time are more common than static systems, and yet until recently, they lacked any over-arching theory. This book provides a unified presentation of the theory of non-equilibrium systems, which has now reached the stage of quantitative 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.

Keywords: non-equilibrium; thermodynamics; statistical mechanics; stochastic; time correlation; computer simulation; heat flow; Brownian motion; convection; entropy; probability; fluctuation

Book.  480 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Condensed Matter Physics

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Prologue in Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

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Fluctuation Theory in Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

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Brownian Motion in Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

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Heat Conduction in Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

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Second Entropy for Fluctuating Hydrodynamics in Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

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Heat Convection and Non-Equilibrium Phase Transitions in Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

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Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics in Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

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Non-Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics in Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

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Statistical Mechanics of Steady Flow: Heat and Shear in Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

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Generalised Langevin Equation in Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

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