What is thermodynamics? What does statistical physics teach us? In
the pages of this slim book, we confront the answers. The reader
will discover that where thermodynami cs provi des a 1 arge scal e,
macroscopi c theory of the ef fects of temperature on physical
systems, statistical mechanics provides the microscopic analysis of
these effects which, invariably, are the results of thermal
disorder. A number of systems in nature undergo dramatic... more...