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Ludwig BoltzmannThe Man Who Trusted Atoms$
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Carlo Cercignani

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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Boltzmann and his contemporaries

Boltzmann and his contemporaries

(p.198) 11 Boltzmann and his contemporaries
Ludwig Boltzmann


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Some important aspects of the relations between Ludwig Boltzmann and several great scientists who were his contemporaries have already been discussed in the previous chapters. These contemporaries include James Clerk Maxwell, Josef Stefan, Robert Bunsen, Leo Konigsberger, Gustav Kirchhoff, Hermann von Helmholtz, Josef Loschmidt, H.A. Lorentz, John Rayleigh, Wilhelm Ostwald, Ernst Mach, Paul Ehrenfest, Stefan Mayer, Lise Meitner, Svante Arrhenius, and Walter Nernst. Other names which have occasionally appeared are those of Josiah Willard Gibbs, Henri Poincaré, Max Planck, Heinrich Hertz, and Ernst Zermelo. There is more than enough to belie the idea of a Boltzmann isolated from the science of his days. Yet it is a fact that his scientific position appears to be rather singular and almost isolated in the framework of the scientific research of his century. This chapter is devoted to the problem of singling out the objective data and motivation of this circumstance.

Keywords:   scientific research, scientists, Max Planck, James Clerk Maxwell, Hermann von Helmholtz, H.A. Lorentz, Josiah Willard Gibbs, Ernst Zermelo

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