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Much Polyphony but Little Harmony: Otto Sackur's Groping for a Quantum Theory of Gases (2013)


The endeavor of Otto Sackur (1880-1914) was driven, on the one hand, by his interest in Nernst's heat theorem, statistical mechanics, and the problem of chemical equilibrium and, on the other hand, by his goal to shed light on classical mechanics from the quantum vantage point. Inspired by the interplay between classical physics and quantum theory, Sackur chanced to expound his personal take on the role of the quantum in the changing landscape of physics in the turbulent 1910s. We tell the story of this enthusiastic practitioner of the old quantum theory and early contributor to quantum statistical mechanics, whose scientific ontogenesis provides a telling clue about the phylogeny of his contemporaries

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Authors & Contributors
Badino, Massimiliano
Peliti, Luca
Wess, Jane A.
Waysand, Georges
Troll, Wilhelm
Sonnert, Gerhard
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
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Physics in Perspective
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Pavia University Press
Humanity Books
Statistical mechanics
Science and culture
Einstein, Albert
Boltzmann, Ludwig
Helmholtz, Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von
Troll, Wilhelm
Planck, Max
Maxwell, James Clerk
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
20th century, late
United States
Weimar Republic (1919-1933)

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