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

Olivier Darrigol


One of the pillars of modern science, statistical mechanics, owes much to one man, the Austrian physicist Ludwig Boltzmann (1844–1906). As a result of his unusual working and writing styles, his enormous contribution remains little read and poorly understood. The purpose of this book is to make the Boltzmann corpus more accessible to physicists, philosophers, and historians, and so give it new life. The means are introductory biographical and historical materials, detailed and lucid summaries of every relevant publication, and a final chapter of critical synthesis. Special attention is given t ... More

Keywords: Boltzmann, statistical mechanics, atomism, kinetic theory of gases, irreversibility, probability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198816171
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198816171.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Olivier Darrigol, author
Research Director, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique: SPHERE