Mosho Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics, 2nd Edition Other formulations are mentioned, particularly the information theory, the energy a hypothesis and the theory of open systems far from equilibrium. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Herbert Bernard Callen — May 22, was an American physicist best known as the author of the textbook Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatisticsthe most frequently cited thermodynamic reference in physics research literature. Permissions Request permission to reuse content from this site.
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Overview[ edit ] The first part of the book starts by presenting the problem thermodynamics is trying to solve, and provides the postulates on which thermodynamics is founded. As the author lays down the basics of thermodynamics, he then goes to discuss more advanced topics such as critical phenomena and irreversible processes. The second part of the text presents the foundations of classical statistical mechanics. Afterwards, the different statistical ensembles are discussed from which the thermodynamics potentials are derived.
Quantum fluids and fluctuations are also discussed. The last part of the text is a brief discussion on symmetry and the conceptual foundations of thermostatistics. In the final chapter, Callen advances his thesis that the symmetries of the fundamental laws of physics underlie the very foundations of thermodynamics and seeks to illuminate the crucial role thermodynamics plays in science.
Drawing on feedback from students and instructors, Callen improved many explanations, explicitly solved examples, and added many exercises, many of which have complete or partial answers. He also provided an introduction to statistical mechanics with an emphasis on the core principles rather than the applications. However, he sought to neither separate thermodynamics and statistical mechanics completely nor subsume the former under the latter under the banner of "thermal physics.
Callen observed that thermodynamics had subsequently been de-emphasized.
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