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Consolidation (1887–1895)

Olivier Darrigol

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

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780198816171
eISBN:
9780191853661
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198816171.003.0007
Subject:
Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics, History of Physics

This chapter covers a period in which Boltzmann returned to the collision-based approach and consolidated it in answer to criticism and suggestions by William Thomson, Hendrik Lorentz, George Bryan, ... More


Constructing Thermal Equilibrium (1866–1871)

Olivier Darrigol

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

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780198816171
eISBN:
9780191853661
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198816171.003.0003
Subject:
Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics, History of Physics

This chapter is the first subset of a set of critical summaries Boltzmann’s writings on kinetic-molecular theory. It covers a first period in which he tried to construct the laws of thermal ... More


Maxwell: the rise of statistical mechanics

Robert T. Hanlon

in Block by Block: The Historical and Theoretical Foundations of Thermodynamics

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780198851547
eISBN:
9780191886133
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198851547.003.0041
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

Maxwell produced two publications on the kinetic theory of gases in which he proposed his eponymous velocity distribution of velocities, his theory on the equipartition of energy, and finally his ... More


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