This book looks at the life and personality, the scientific and philosophical work of Ludwig Boltzmann, an Austrian physicist who made significant contributions to the development of the atomic theory. His tragic life, which ended in a suicide, is described in detail. A substantial part of the book is devoted to discussing his work establishing the atomic structure of matter, and his influence on modern physics. Boltzmann stands as a link between two other great theoretical physicists: James Clerk Maxwell in the 19th century and Albert Einstein in the 20th. Maxwell, who is best known for his d ... More

*Keywords: *
Ludwig Boltzmann,
atomic structure,
physics,
atoms,
atomic theory,
Max Planck,
Albert Einstein,
James Clerk Maxwell,
matter

Print publication date: 2006 | Print ISBN-13: 9780198570646 |

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 | DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570646.001.0001 |

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## Front Matter

## End Matter

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EPILOGUE

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CHRONOLOGY

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“A German professor’s journey into Eldorado”*

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Appendix 3.1 Calculation of pressure in a rarefied gas

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Appendix 4.1 The Liouville equation

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Appendix 4.2 Calculation of the effect of collisions of one particle with another

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Appendix 4.3 The BBGKY hierarchy

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Appendix 4.4 The Boltzmann hierarchy and its relation to the Boltzmann equation

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Appendix 4.5 The Boltzmann equation in the homogeneous isotropic case

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Appendix 5.1 Collision-invariants

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Appendix 5.2 Boltzmann’s inequality and the Maxwellian distribution

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Appendix 5.3 The H-theorem

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Appendix 5.4 The hourglass model

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Appendix 6.1 Likelihood of a distribution

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Appendix 7.1 The canonical distribution for equilibrium states

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Appendix 8.1 The H-theorem for classical polyatomic molecules

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Appendix 8.2 The equipartition problem

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Appendix 9.1 The Stefan–Boltzmann law

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Appendix 9.2 Wien’s law

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 2

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 4

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Chapter 5

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Chapter 6

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Chapter 7

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Chapter 8

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Chapter 9

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Chapter 10

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Chapter 11

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Chapter 12

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Epilogue

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Index