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Ludwig Boltzmann : the man who trusted atoms

Author: Carlo Cercignani
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford Univ. Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : ReprView all editions and formats
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The book presents the life and personality, the scientific and philosophical work of Ludwig Boltzmann. His tragic life ending with his suicide is described in detail. A substantial part of the book  Read more...

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Named Person: Boltzmann; Ludwig Boltzmann
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carlo Cercignani
ISBN: 9780198501541 0198501544 9780198570646 0198570643
OCLC Number: 316000626
Description: XVI, 329 Seiten : Illustrationen, Diagramme
Contents: Foreword ; Preface ; Introduction ; 1. A short biography of Ludwig Boltzmann ; 2. Physics before Boltzmann ; 3. Kinetic theory before Boltzmann ; 4. The Boltzmann equation ; 5. Time irreversibility and the H-theorem ; 6. Boltzmann's relation and the statistical interpretation of entropy ; 7. Boltzmann, Gibbs and equilibrium statistical mechanics ; 8. The problem of polyatomic molecules ; 9. Boltzmann's contributions to other branches of physics ; 10. Boltzmann as a philosopher ; 11. Boltzmann and his contemporaries ; 12. The influence of Boltzmann's ideas on the science and technology of the twentieth century ; Epilogue ; Chronologys ; "A German professor's journey to Eldorado" ; Appendices
Responsibility: Carlo Cercignani.

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