"This gem of a book provides the student with aclear, concise, and compelling introduction to the deceptively simple but vitally important topic of thermodynamics. It involves the relationships between heat, work, temperature, energy, and states of matter, and touches virtually every field of science."
"This book introduces students to the Boltzmann factorin an exceptionally clear and concise way. This is a key topic for students studying any branch of modern science. Most importantly, this text adds significantly to our understanding of both the simplicity and the importance of the Boltzmann factor."
This vibrant book takes the reader on an exciting journey through much of physical sciences by explaining the wide ranging influence of a single equation, the Boltzmann factor. This simple relation provides the key to understanding a remarkable variety of phenomena ranging from, for example, the behavior of atmospheric pressure at altitude, the appearance of molecular spectra and the factors that determine chemical equilibrium. Compact and clearly written book, this book, which requires no advanced mathematical skills, will enrich and deepen students' understanding of the molecular sciences. The insight it provides will enable them to appreciate the elegant unity that underlies the subject.
Sir Brian Smith received his first degree and his doctorate at Liverpool University. After two years at UC Berkeley, he was appointed Lecturer in Physical Chemistry and Fellow of St Catherine's College, Oxford. Later, he was elected Master of the College. He subsequently became Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University. His research interests include intermolecular forces and the biological effects of simple gases.