"This is a magnificent book. Most of the examples given are taken from geosciences, although possible applications of the theory presented are promised for other fields. The contribution of statistical mechanics to modern physics has been enormous, and the text fully reflects this importance. The scope is vast, [...] a brilliant bird’s eye view of natural sciences. [...] This splendid book will find a readership among graduate students, researchers and engineers. It inspires ideas and provides means to play with them. Some of the extraordinarily efficient methods presented lead quickly to very practical results." (Pure and Applied Geophysics, 160, 2003)
"This is an excellent book, a timely and vital contribution written with a great clarity of style ..." (The Physicist, 2001)
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Concepts, methods and techniques of statistical physics in the study of correlated, as well as uncorrelated, phenomena are being applied ever increasingly in the natural sciences, biology and economics in an attempt to understand and model the large variability and risks of phenomena. This is the first textbook written by a well-known expert that provides a modern up-to-date introduction for workers outside statistical physics. The emphasis of the book is on a clear understanding of concepts and methods, while it also provides the tools that can be of immediate use in applications. Although this book evolved out of a course for graduate students, it will be of great interest to researchers and engineers, as well as to post-docs in geophysics and meteorology.