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Kelvin: Life, Labours and Legacy$
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Raymond Flood, Mark McCartney, and Andrew Whitaker

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231256

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231256.001.0001

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Kelvin and Statistical Mechanics

Kelvin and Statistical Mechanics

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Kelvin: Life, Labours and Legacy

Oliver Penrose

Oxford University Press

Kelvin played a big part in the development of statistical mechanics, both for equilibrium and non-equilibrium. This chapter reviews these developments, taking a particular interest in Kelvin's own contributions. Topics covered include Kelvin and thermoelectricity, gas modeled as a collection of molecules, the reversibility paradox, mathematical probability models, and Boltzmann's equations.

Keywords:   Lord Kelvin, statistical mechanics, equilibrium, non-equilibrium, thermoelectrity, reversibility paradox, mathematical probability models, Boltzmann's equations

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