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theories:statistical_mechanics

Explanations in this section should contain no formulas, but instead colloquial things like you would hear them during a coffee break or at a cocktail party.

**Recommended Resources:**

- What is Statistical Mechanics? by Roman Frigg
- The Principles of Statistical Mechanics by Richard C. Tolman
- See also this review, and part 2.
- A great explanation how one can derive the Boltzmann distribution from the principle of maximal entropy is given at page 3 in https://arxiv.org/pdf/1311.0813.pdf
- Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics by F. Reif
- A crash course in Statistical Mechanics https://scholar.harvard.edu/files/noahmiller/files/statistical_mechanics.pdf

Statistical mechanics is a framework that allows us to describe systems with many degrees of freedom, although we don't know all the microscopic details. For example, using statistical mechanics we can describe a gas or a block of metal, although we don't know all individual atom configurations.

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