[PDF] Ludwig Boltzmann: The Man Who Trusted Atoms Par Carlo Cercignani
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through Not particularly because of the complex subject matter described rather because of the way it Not particularly because of the complex subject matter described rather because of the way it presented For example the references are unnecessary since it is not a research paper Secondly there are constant references within the text such as in the previous chapter or we will see in chapter 7 after almost every few paragraphs which makes it uite annoying and detracts from the main points while confusing the reader If one can ignore these extra remarks and references then it is a decent book Overall I was hoping for a better read If seeking an easy read one will need to "turn to another resource as #The Level Of Exposition Here #level of exposition here consistently "to another resource as the evel of exposition here is consistently is a well written detailed assessment of Boltzmann s ife and science The scholarship is impressive Achieved here is an historical symbiosis between Boltzmann s ife and his scientific work The book is a two pronged presentation the main text is devoid of mathematical detail while the appendices 50 pages present technical elaboratio. This book presents the Contested Reproduction: Genetic Technologies, Religion, and Public Debate life and personality the scientific and philosophical work of Ludwig Boltzmann one of the great scientists who marked the passage from 19th to 20th Century physics His rich and tragicife ending by suicide at the age of 62 is described in detail A substantial part of the book is devoted to discussing his scientific and philosophical ideas and placing them in the context of the second half of the. Ns of the material preface The entire book could be used as a text for a course on statistical mechanics from an historical yet rigorous viewpoint although that course would be technically demanding as an introduction1 A highlight chapter six Boltzmann s relation and the statistical interpretation of entropy The author beautifully enunciates the explicit use of probability for a gas with discrete energies Chapter seven is another gem as it examines Boltzmann s achievements in relation to Gibbs approach to statistical mechanics2 Appendices present a wealth of detailed derivations and deserve careful consideration from the reader A note regarding the appendices they are "of a technical nature and are uite demanding "a technical nature and are uite demanding are some gemsA Calculation of pressure in dilute gas we are computing not momentum but momentum flow page 252B Liouville euation A most remarkable derivation involving collisions conservation aws Jacobians page 255C Use of Boltzmann s ineuality to derive Maxwell s distribution aw page 271D Discussion of 19th century The fact that Boltzmann was the man who did Most To Establish That to establish that is a microscopic atomic structure underlying macroscopic bodies is documented as is Boltzmann's influence on modern physics especially through the work of Planck on ight uanta and of Einstein on Brownian motion Boltzmann was the centre of a scientific upheaval and he has been proved right on many crucial issues He anticipated Kuhn's
Free read Á PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook í Carlo CercignaniOurglass model pertaining to growth of entropy pages 277 279E Likelihood "of a distribution From discrete
To Continuous Use Of Stirlingcontinuous use of Stirling formula and induction pages 280 282F Canonical distribution for euilibrium "a distribution From discrete to continuous use of Stirling s formula and induction pages 280 282F Canonical distribution for euilibrium A tour de force essentially two alternative derivations see page 283G A traditional derivation of Stefan Boltzmann Dancing at Armageddon: Survivalism and Chaos in Modern Times law followed by derivation of Wien saw pages 294 295In conclusion uite an accomplishment A duplicity of goals with modern considerations combined with historical accuracy Professor Cercignani has amply fulfilled those two goals Recommended for enrichment in statistical mechanics and appreciation of the Dark Voices: W. E. B. Du Bois and American Thought, 1888-1903 life of Ludwig Boltzmann An excellent overview and a good balance between the technical details and the story tellingA recommendation for everyone who wants to know about Ludwig Boltzmann as a persona and a scientist Great book for people interested with the history of scienceThe book includes a detailed account of different aspects of Boltzmann sife and scientific achievementsRecommended. Heory of scientific revolutions and proposed a theory of knowledge based on Darwin His basic results when properly understood can also be stated as mathematical theorems Some of these have #Been Proved Others Are Still #proved others are still the Deceptive Beauties: The World of Wild Orchids level ofikely but unproven conjectures The main text of this biography is written almost entirely without euations Mathematical appendices deepen knowledge of some technical aspects of the subject.