List of textbooks in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics

A list of notable textbooks in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, arranged by category and date.

Only or mainly thermodynamicsEdit

Front cover of the second edition of Herbert Callen's text.
  • Fermi, Enrico (1956). Thermodynamics (New ed.). Dover Publications. ISBN 978-0486603612.
  • Van Ness, H. C. (1983). Understanding Thermodynamics. Dover Publications. ISBN 978-0486632773.
  • Callen, Herbert (1985). Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Themostatistics (2nd ed.). New York: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0-471-86256-8.
  • Finn, C. B. P. (1993). Thermal Physics (2nd ed.). United States of America: CRC Press. ISBN 0-7487-4379-0.
  • Zemansky, Mark W.; Dittman, Richard (1996). Heat and Thermodynamics (7th ed.). McGraw-Hill. ISBN 978-0070170599.

Both thermodynamics and statistical mechanicsEdit

  • Waldram, J. R. (1985). The theory of thermodynamics. Cambridge: University Press. ISBN 0-521-28796-0.
  • Schroeder, Daniel (2000). An Introduction to Thermal Physics. United States of America: Addison Wesley Longman. ISBN 0-201-38027-7.
  • Gould, Harvey and Tobochnik, Jan (2010). Statistical and Thermal Physics. Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-13744-5.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

Statistical mechanicsEdit

  • McQuarrie, Donald A. (1975). Statistical mechanics. New York: Harper & Row. ISBN 0-06-044366-9.
2e (2000) Sausalito, Calif.: University Science ISBN 1-891389-15-7
  • W.A. Wassam, Jr. (2002). Statistical Mechanics : Encyclopedia of Physical Science and Technology, Third Edition, Volume 15. Academic Press. ISBN 978-0-12-227410-7.
  • Bowley, Roger and Sanchez, Mariana (2000). Introductory Statistical Mechanics. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-850576-1.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Van Vliet; Carolyne M. (2008). Equilibrium and Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics. World Scientific Publishing Company. p. 982. ISBN 978-981-270-477-1.
  • Peliti, Luca (2011). Statistical Mechanics in a Nutshell. Princeton University Press. p. 417. ISBN 978-0-691-14529-7.
  • Pathria, P. K.; Beale, Paul (2011). Statistical Mechanics. United States: Elsevier/Academic Press. ISBN 978-0123821881.

Specialized topicsEdit

Kinetic theoryEdit

  • Zubarev, D. N.; Morozov V.; Ropke G. (1996). Statistical Mechanics of Nonequilibrium Processes: Basic Concepts, Kinetic Theory. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 3-05-501708-0.
  • Zubarev, D. N.; Morozov V.; Ropke G. (1997). Statistical Mechanics of Nonequilibrium Processes: Relaxation and Hydrodynamic Processes. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 3-527-40084-2.

Quantum statistical mechanicsEdit

  • Bogoliubov, N. N. (1967–1970). Lectures on Quantum Statistics. Problems of Statistical Mechanics of Quantum Systems. New York: Gordon and Breach.

Mathematics of statistical mechanicsEdit


  • Sethna, James (2006). Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters, and Complexity. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-856677-8.


  • Boltzmann, Ludwig. Lectures on gas theory. (1896, 1898) Translated by Stephen G. Brush (1964) Berkeley: University of California Press; (1995) New York: Dover ISBN 0-486-68455-5
  • Sommerfeld, Arnold; ed: F. Bopp, J. Meixner (1952). Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) Translated by J. Kestin (1956) New York: Academic Press.
  • Ehrenfest, Paul and Tatiana (1912). The conceptual foundations of the statistical approach in mechanics. German Encyclopedia of Mathematical Sciences. Translated by Michael J. Moravcsik (1959) Ithaca: Cornell University Press; (1990) New York: Dover ISBN 0-486-66250-0

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