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[Systems composed of many particles involve a very large number of degrees of freedom, and it is most often uninteresting—not to say hopeless—to try to describe in a detailed way the microscopic state of the system. The aim of statistical physics is rather to restrict the description of the...
[In the first part of this book, we have considered the stationary properties of physical systems composed of a large number of particles, using as fundamental statistical object the joint distribution of all the degrees of freedom of the system (for instance positions and velocities, or spin...
[Until now, we have mainly considered physical systems, in which elementary entities are implicitly atoms or molecules. In this case, the laws of motion of the individual particles are known, and the main difficulty consists in being able to change the scale of description, going from the scale...
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