Statistical Physics , by L.D. Landau and E.M. Lifshitz

  • This is Vol.5 of the Course of Theoretical Physics

  • This book is not required , and the course will not follow it (or any other text) closely. If you want to buy a single book on the subject to use with this course and don't have a favorite yet, this would be the instructor's choice. It's also an excellent reference that you'll be likely to use for as long as you stay in physics. However, if you like a different book better, choose that.