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## Latest revision as of 10:46, 12 January 2020

"Ludwig Boltzmann, who spent much of his life studying statistical mechanics, died in 1906, by his own hand. Paul Ehrenfest, carrying on the work, died similarly in 1933. Now it is our turn to study statistical mechanics."

- David L. Goodstein "States of Matter" Prentice-Hall (1975) ISBN 978-0138435578 (Chapter 1 page 1).

## B

- BBGKY hierarchy
- Boltzmann average
- Boltzmann constant
- Boltzmann distribution
- Boltzmann factor
- Born-Green equation
- Brownian motion

## C

- Canonical ensemble
- Chemical potential
- Compressibility equation
- Critical exponents
- Critical points
- Curie's law

## D

## E

## F

- Fermi-Pasta-Ulam experiment
- Fisher–Ruelle stability criteria
- Fisher-Widom line
- Four-body function
- Frenkel line

## G

- Gibbs distribution
- Gibbs ensemble
- Gibbs measures
- Gibbs paradox
- Goldstone modes
- Grand canonical ensemble

## I

- Information theory
- Internal energy
- Intermolecular pair potential
- Isoenthalpic–isobaric ensemble
- Isothermal-isobaric ensemble

## J

## K

## L

- Law of corresponding states
- Liouville's theorem
- Loschmidt's paradox (Umkehreinwand)
- Lyapunov exponents

## M

- MaxEnt thermodynamics
- Maxwell velocity distribution
- Maxwell's demon
- Mean field models
- Melting curve
- Microcanonical ensemble
- Microstate
- Mixing systems

## P

- Pair distribution function
- Parrondo's paradox
- Partition function
- Phase space
- Phase transitions
- Poincaré theorem
- Pressure
- Pressure equation (aka. virial equation)

## Q

## R

## S

## T

## W

## Y

## Z

- Zermelo’s paradox (Wiederkehreinwand)

## General reading[edit]

**Books**

- Donald A. McQuarrie "Statistical Mechanics", University Science Books (1984) (Re-published 2000) ISBN 978-1-891389-15-3
- L. D. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz "Statistical Physics", Course of Theoretical Physics volume 5 Part 1 3rd Edition (1984) ISBN 0750633727
- Terrell L. Hill "Statistical Mechanics: Principles and Selected Applications" (1956) ISBN 0486653900
- Terrell L. Hill "An Introduction to Statistical Thermodynamics" (1986) ISBN 0486652424
- Arieh Ben-Naim " Statistical Thermodynamics With Applications to the Life Sciences", World Scientific Publishing (2014) ISBN 978-981-4579-15-5

**Papers**

- D. Ter Haar "Foundations of Statistical Mechanics", Reviews of Modern Physics
**27**pp. 289 - 338 (1955) - O. Penrose "Foundations of statistical mechanics", Reports on Progress in Physics
**42**pp. 1937-2006 (1979) - P. W. Anderson "More Is Different", Science
**177**pp. 393-396 (1972) - J. S. Rowlinson "The evolution of some statistical mechanical ideas", Molecular Physics
**104**pp. 3399 - 3410 (2006) - Elliott H. Lieb "Some problems in statistical mechanics that I would like to see solved", Physica A
**263**pp. 491-499 (1999) - Joel L. Lebowitz "Emergent Phenomena", Physik Journal
**6**#9 pp. 41-46 (2007)