Book ID: CBB560149274

Atoms, Mechanics, and Probability: Ludwig Boltzmann's Statistico-Mechanical Writings - An Exegesis (2018)


Darrigol, Olivier (Author)

Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 640 pp.
Language: English

One of the pillars of modern science, statistical mechanics, owes much to one man, the Austrian physicist Ludwig Boltzmann (1844-1906). As a result of his unusual working and writing styles, his enormous contribution remains little read and poorly understood. The purpose of this book is to make the Boltzmann corpus more accessible to physicists, philosophers, and historians, and so give it new life. The means are introductory biographical and historical materials, detailed and lucid summaries of every relevant publication, and a final chapter of critical synthesis.Special attention is given to Boltzmann's theoretical tool-box and to his patient construction of lofty formal systems even before their full conceptual import could be known. This constructive tendency largely accounts for his lengthy style, for the abundance of new constructions, for the relative vagueness of their object--and for the puzzlement of commentators. This book will help the reader cross the stylistic barrier and see how ingeniously Boltzmann combined atoms, mechanics, and probability to invent new bridges between the micro- and macro-worlds.

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Review Mason Tattersall (2018) Review of "Atoms, Mechanics, and Probability: Ludwig Boltzmann's Statistico-Mechanical Writings - An Exegesis". British Journal for the History of Science (pp. 713-714). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Lily B. Z. L. Shaw
Robert A. Shaw
Reiter, Wolfgang L.
Raith, Erich
Kathrin Raminger
Haidvogl, Gertrud
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Journal of Medical Biography
Physics in Perspective
Earth Sciences History: Journal of the History of the Earth Sciences Society
The Journal of Transport History
Philosophy of Science
The MIT Press
Free Press
Statistical mechanics
Science and society
Atomic, nuclear, and particle physics
Boltzmann, Ludwig
Poincaré, Jules Henri
Wenckebach, Karl Frederik
Bárány, Robert
Natterer, Johann August
Semmelweis, Ignaz Philipp
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
18th century
17th century
Vienna (Austria)

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