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Ludwig Boltzmann : the man who trusted atoms

Author: Carlo Cercignani
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Ludwig Boltzmann arguably played the key role in establishing that submicroscopic structures underlie the ordinary world. He had a tremendous impact on late 19th-century and early 20th-century physics, and he anticipated many contemporary ideas, including Kuhn's theory of scientific revolutions and recent theories of knowledge based on Darwinian principles. This book is the first accessible biography of this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Biographies
Named Person: Ludwig Boltzmann; Ludwig Boltzmann; Ludwig Boltzmann; Ludwig Boltzmann; Ludwig Boltzmann; Ludwig Boltzmann
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Carlo Cercignani
ISBN: 0198501544 9780198501541 9780198570646 0198570643
OCLC Number: 38910156
Description: xvi, 329 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 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 --
11. Boltzmann and his contemporaries --
12. The influence of Boltzmann's ideas on the science and technology of the twentieth century.
Responsibility: Carlo Cercignani.
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