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The Statistical Style of Reasoning and the Invention of Bose-Einstein Statistics (2019)


This paper is a preliminary exploration of the connections between the statistical style of reasoning and the research practices of statistical mechanics in the early period of the long quantum revolution. It suggests that before 1925 the instantiations of the statistical style in physics went through two phases. The first phase consisted of the formulation of the Maxwell-Boltzmann statistics on the basis of the population-gas analogy. The second phase was characterized by the generalization of the Maxwell-Boltzmann statistics through analogies between ideal gas molecules and other microphysical entities, analogies that shaped and were shaped by the rise of quantum theory. Einstein's invention of the Bose-Einstein statistics started a third phase and created the conditions of possibility for a new classification of microphysical entities according to their different statistics.

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Article Christian Joas; Thiago Hartz (2019) Quantum Cultures: Historical Perspectives on the Practices of Quantum Physicists. Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte (pp. 281-289). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Talbot, Chris
Peliti, Luca
Philippe Stamenkovic
Bustamante, M. C.
Zhang, Feng
Uffink, Jos
Studia Historiae Scientiarum
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
Philosophy of Science
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Pavia University Press
Springer International Publishing
University of Chicago Press
Kluwer Academic
Quantum mechanics
Statistical mechanics
Quantum theory
Probability and statistics
Philosophy of science
Einstein, Albert
Boltzmann, Ludwig
Maxwell, James Clerk
Bose, Satyendranath
Sommerfeld, Arnold Johannes Wilhelm
Pauli, Wolfgang Ernst
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
19th century
21st century
17th century
Munich (Germany)
Munich. Universität

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