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The Conceptual Foundations of the Statistical Approach in Mechanics [1912].


Editorial: Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1959., 1959
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First Edition in English. xvi, 1 leaf, 114 pp. Original cloth. Very Good+. With a Preface to the English translation by Tatiana Ehrenfest-Afanassjewa. Translated by Michael J. Moravcsik. "During the early years of their marriage the Ehrenfests collaborated on several papers that clarified some of the obscurities in the statistical mechanics of Boltzmann and Josiah Willard Gibbs. As a result they were invited by Felix Klein to prepare a monograph on the foundations of statistical mechanics for the Encyklopädie der mathematischen Wissenschaften. In their Encyklopädie article, the Ehrenfests brought out both the logical structure and the remaining difficulties of this theory. They made a clear distinction between the older approach (before 1877), which treated the molecules statistically but tried to make universally valid statements about the gas as a whole, and the later work, in which the gas itself was treated by statistical methods. The role of the ergodic hypothesis in relating time averages to averages over an ensemble was brought out clearly; so clearly, in fact, that the attention of mathematicians was drawn to the ergodic problem. The Ehrenfests formulated the sequence of theorems that still needed proving before the statistical foundation of the second law of thermodynamics could be said to be firmly established" (D. S. B. 4: 293). N° de ref. de la librería 04994

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Título: The Conceptual Foundations of the ...

Editorial: Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1959.

Año de publicación: 1959

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Edición: 1st Edition

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