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statistical mechanics

The field of statistical mechanics seeks to explain how macroscopic behaviors of a system emerge from the statistical properties of large numbers of "microscopic" components making up the system.   Statistical mechanics was originally developed by Ludwig Boltzmann as a foundation for thermodynamics, but the ideas and techniques of statistical mechanics have since been applied in a large number of fields, ranging from physics to social sciences. 

Physics, Statistical Physics, Thermodynamics