- Big Lessons from Simple Systems: Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics in One Dimension
Statistical mechanics is a branch of physics that explores the connection between the microscopic and the observable. It is intimately related to thermodynamics, and indeed involves the intimidating-sounding concepts of entropy, fluctuations, and specific heat. However, from the microscopic viewpoint of statistical mechanics, these concepts are relatively simple to understand. And having grasped the ideas in a statistical mechanics context, we can readily understand their thermodynamic meaning.