- Title Pages
- To my daughter Anna, who helped me through Boltzmann’s dense German
- FOREWORD
- PREFACE
- FIGURE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
- Introduction
- 1 A short biography of Ludwig Boltzmann
- 2 Physics before Boltzmann
- 3 Kinetic theory before Boltzmann
- 4 The Boltzmann equation
- 5 Time irreversibility and the H-theorem
- 6 Boltzmann’s relation and the statistical interpretation of entropy
- 7 Boltzmann, Gibbs, and equilibrium statistical mechanics
- 8 The problem of polyatomic molecules
- 9 Boltzmann’s contributions to other branches of physics
- 10 Boltzmann as a philosopher
- 11 Boltzmann and his contemporaries
- 12 The influence of Boltzmann’s ideas on the science and technology of the twentieth century
- EPILOGUE
- CHRONOLOGY
- “A German professor’s journey into Eldorado”*
- Appendix 3.1 Calculation of pressure in a rarefied gas
- Appendix 4.1 The Liouville equation
- Appendix 4.2 Calculation of the effect of collisions of one particle with another
- Appendix 4.3 The BBGKY hierarchy
- Appendix 4.4 The Boltzmann hierarchy and its relation to the Boltzmann equation
- Appendix 4.5 The Boltzmann equation in the homogeneous isotropic case
- Appendix 5.1 Collision-invariants
- Appendix 5.2 Boltzmann’s inequality and the Maxwellian distribution
- Appendix 5.3 The H-theorem
- Appendix 5.4 The hourglass model
- Appendix 6.1 Likelihood of a distribution
- Appendix 7.1 The canonical distribution for equilibrium states
- Appendix 8.1 The H-theorem for classical polyatomic molecules
- Appendix 8.2 The equipartition problem
- Appendix 9.1 The Stefan–Boltzmann law
- Appendix 9.2 Wien’s law
- Chapter 1
- Chapter 2
- Chapter 3
- Chapter 4
- Chapter 5
- Chapter 6
- Chapter 7
- Chapter 8
- Chapter 9
- Chapter 10
- Chapter 11
- Chapter 12
- Epilogue
- Index
The influence of Boltzmann’s ideas on the science and technology of the twentieth century
The influence of Boltzmann’s ideas on the science and technology of the twentieth century
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- Ludwig Boltzmann
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CARLO CERCIGNANI
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- Oxford University Press
The influence of Ludwig Boltzmann's ideas on physics as well as science and technology during the 20th century is obvious, even if it often appears as interpreted in the writings of different authors; mainly through those of Josiah Willard Gibbs, Max Planck, Albert Einstein, and the Ehrenfests. In the last years of his life, Boltzmann devoted himself more to defending his theories and his viewpoint on theoretical physics than to expounding systematically his discoveries and methods or applying these methods to new areas that were opening up, including the theory of electrons, black-body radiation, and Brownian motion. Even his published lectures, and in particular the second volume, are devoted more to demonstrating the usefulness of the basic concepts of the kinetic theory of gases than to underlining the role played by their author in the development of that theory. Some applications of which Boltzmann was well aware he never developed, perhaps the most evident case being that of Brownian motion.
Keywords: Ludwig Boltzmann, physics, Albert Einstein, Brownian motion, black-body radiation, kinetic theory, theory of electrons, gases
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- Title Pages
- To my daughter Anna, who helped me through Boltzmann’s dense German
- FOREWORD
- PREFACE
- FIGURE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
- Introduction
- 1 A short biography of Ludwig Boltzmann
- 2 Physics before Boltzmann
- 3 Kinetic theory before Boltzmann
- 4 The Boltzmann equation
- 5 Time irreversibility and the H-theorem
- 6 Boltzmann’s relation and the statistical interpretation of entropy
- 7 Boltzmann, Gibbs, and equilibrium statistical mechanics
- 8 The problem of polyatomic molecules
- 9 Boltzmann’s contributions to other branches of physics
- 10 Boltzmann as a philosopher
- 11 Boltzmann and his contemporaries
- 12 The influence of Boltzmann’s ideas on the science and technology of the twentieth century
- EPILOGUE
- CHRONOLOGY
- “A German professor’s journey into Eldorado”*
- Appendix 3.1 Calculation of pressure in a rarefied gas
- Appendix 4.1 The Liouville equation
- Appendix 4.2 Calculation of the effect of collisions of one particle with another
- Appendix 4.3 The BBGKY hierarchy
- Appendix 4.4 The Boltzmann hierarchy and its relation to the Boltzmann equation
- Appendix 4.5 The Boltzmann equation in the homogeneous isotropic case
- Appendix 5.1 Collision-invariants
- Appendix 5.2 Boltzmann’s inequality and the Maxwellian distribution
- Appendix 5.3 The H-theorem
- Appendix 5.4 The hourglass model
- Appendix 6.1 Likelihood of a distribution
- Appendix 7.1 The canonical distribution for equilibrium states
- Appendix 8.1 The H-theorem for classical polyatomic molecules
- Appendix 8.2 The equipartition problem
- Appendix 9.1 The Stefan–Boltzmann law
- Appendix 9.2 Wien’s law
- Chapter 1
- Chapter 2
- Chapter 3
- Chapter 4
- Chapter 5
- Chapter 6
- Chapter 7
- Chapter 8
- Chapter 9
- Chapter 10
- Chapter 11
- Chapter 12
- Epilogue
- Index