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The concept of probability in statistical physics

Author: Y M Guttmann
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Series: Cambridge studies in probability, induction, and decision theory.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Foundational issues in statistical mechanics and the more general question of how probability is to be understood in the context of physical theories are both areas that have been neglected by philosophers of physics.

This book fills an important gap in the literature by providing the most systematic study to date of how to interpret probabilistic assertions in the context of statistical mechanics.

The book will be of particular interest to philosophers of science, physicists, and mathematicians interested in foundational issues, and also to historians of science.  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Y M Guttmann
ISBN: 0521621283 9780521621281
OCLC Number: 39786737
Description: xi, 267 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: App. I. Mathematical Preliminaries --
App. II. On the Foundations of Probability --
App. III. Probability in Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics. Ch. 1. The Neo-Laplacian Approach to Statistical Mechanics --
Ch. 2. Subjectivism and the Ergodic Approach --
Ch. 3. The Haar Measure --
Ch. 4. Measure and Topology in Statistical Mechanics --
Ch. 5. Three Solutions.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in probability, induction, and decision theory.
Responsibility: Y.M. Guttmann.
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This book provides a most systematic study of how to interpret probabilistic assertions in the context of statistical mechanics. It will be of particular interest to philosophers of science,  Read more...

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