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Atoms, Mechanics, and ProbabilityLudwig Boltzmann's Statistico-Mechanical Writings - An Exegesis$
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Olivier Darrigol

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198816171

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198816171.001.0001

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Life and Works: A Sketch

Life and Works: A Sketch

(p.3) 1 Life and Works: A Sketch
Atoms, Mechanics, and Probability

Olivier Darrigol

Oxford University Press

This is a brief scientific biography of Boltzmann, including the vicissitudes of his uncommon life and the principal developments of his works about the kinetic-molecular theory. Boltzmann was a man of broad culture with many interests in literature, poetry, music, mathematics, philosophy, technology, pedagogy, and more; he was a man of action, an efficient administrator, a caring husband and father, a thoughtful colleague, an inborn teacher, and a joyous, humorous companion in informal circumstances. Of these many facets of Boltzmann’s personality, this chapter will examine reflections in the theory that made him most famous.

Keywords:   Boltzmann’s biography, physics in Vienna, physics in Graz, James Clerk Maxwell, Josef Stefan, Josef Loschmidt

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