The revised edition of 'Statistical Mechanics: An Elementary Outline' is a novel experiment in the pedagogy of statistical mechanics, wherein the reader is made familiar with the basic concepts relating to the foundations of the subject and, at the same time, gets to know how the practical derivations are worked out in elementary applications. The material is arranged so that the reader can decide which of the two to focus upon, perhaps relegating the latter to a cursory attention in the first reading. The book includes a small number of well-chosen exercises of a heuristic nature, designed to enable the reader to undertake with confidence and initiative the next higher course on the subject. Some of the problems are challenging, like the problem on the anharmonic correction to the equipartition of energy. A number of new topics are introduced in this edition to make the material more complete and solidly founded.
Avijit Lahiri is a well-known teacher and researcher with published work in several basic areas of physics. His current research interest includes quantum entanglement and the measurement problem, and spatio-temporal patterns in excitable media, especially in neuronal networks.