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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
Claudio, Garola
Rossi, Arcangelo
Campogalliani, P.
Cerreta, P.
D'Agostino, Salvatore
Guicciardini, Niccolò
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Historia Scientiarum: International Journal of the History of Science Society of Japan
Dynamis: Acta Hispanica ad Medicinae Scientiarumque Historiam Illustrandam
Philosophy of Science
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Kluwer Academic
Cambridge University Press
Pavia University Press
Springer International Publishing
University of Chicago Press
Quantum mechanics
Statistical mechanics
Probability and statistics
Quantum theory
Philosophy of science
Einstein, Albert
Boltzmann, Ludwig
Bose, Satyendranath
Maxwell, James Clerk
Fermi, Enrico
Dirac, Paul Adrien Maurice
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
19th century
21st century
United States
Soviet Union
Munich (Germany)
Munich. Universität

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