MIT Statistical Mechanics is a probabilistic approach to equilibrium properties of large numbers of degrees of freedom. In this two-semester course, basic principles are examined. Topics include: Thermodynamics, probability theory, kinetic theory, classical statistical mechanics, interacting systems, quantum statistical mechanics, and identical particles.
Leonard Susskind is the professor of theoretical physics at Stanford University. His research includes string theory, quantum field theory, quantum statistical mechanics and quantum cosmology. He’s regarded as one of the fathers of string theory as he was one of the scientists who independently but simultaneously came up with the idea that particles could be states of excitation of a relativistic string. He’s won the J. J. Sakurai Prize in 1998.