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Wilhelm Ostwald's Energetics 3: Energetic Theory and Applications, Part II (2008)


This is the third of a series of essays on the development and reception of Wilhelm Ostwald's energetics. The first essay described the chemical origins of Ostwald's interest in the energy concept and his motivations for seeking a comprehensive science of energy. The second essay and the present one discuss his various attempts, beginning in 1891 and extending over almost 3 years, to develop a consistent and coherent energetic theory. A final essay will consider reactions to this work and Ostwald's replies, and will also seek to evaluate his program of research. Ostwald's project---to reconstruct physics and chemistry as a pure energetics---is worth attending to for several reasons: first, because Ostwald did ground-breaking work in chemistry (he was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1909 for his studies in catalysis and rates of reaction); second, because an important school of physical chemistry formed around him at Leipzig, a school that promoted his ideas; and, finally, because he was a prominent and vigorous participant in debates at the end of the nineteenth century concerning the proper course of physical theory. Keywords Wilhelm Ostwald - Energetics - Irreversibility - Energy in chemistr


Description Continuation of JournalArticle; R. J. Deltete; Wilhelm Ostwald's Energetics 2... (2007) [850324]: Second essay on Ostwald's nearly 3-year effort at Leipzig beginning in 1891 to develop a consistent, coherent energetic theory.

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Authors & Contributors
Schlote, Karl-Heinz
Hansel, Karl
Boeck, Gisela
Beyer, Lothar
Darrigol, Olivier
Köckritz, Ulrike
Bulletin for the History of Chemistry
Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, Fachgruppe Geschichte der Chemie
Science and Education
Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
History of Science
Leipziger Universitäts-Verlag
Wilhelm-Ostwald-Gesellschaft zu Grossbothen e.V.
Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Editorial Universidad Javeriana
Energy (physics)
Philosophy of science
Ostwald, Wilhelm
Barré de Saint-Venant, Adhémar Jean Claude
Neumann, Carl Gottfried
Tyndall, John
Barrett, William Fletcher
Duhem, Pierre
Leipzig (Germany)
St. Petersburg (Russia)
United States
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
Universität Leipzig
Society for Psychical Research

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