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Ludwig Boltzmann: The Man Who Trusted Atoms

Carlo Cercignani and Roger Penrose

Abstract

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780198570646
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570646.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carlo Cercignani, author
Politecnico di Milano

Roger Penrose, contributor
Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

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