A New Challenge for Statistical Mechanics

  • W. T. GrandyJr
Conference paper
Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 24)


Traditionally we understand the need for probability in statistical mechanics to arise primarily from insufficient knowledge regarding initial conditions. But nonlinearities in the equations of motion can introduce irregular behavior that may lead to new phenomena, so that it is necessary to investigate how the role of probability in statistical mechanics may be affected by this observation. We conclude that the important effects are related to macroscopic equations derived from statistical mechanics.


Statistical Mechanic Rayleigh Number Strange Attractor Macroscopic Equation Irregular Behavior 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. T. GrandyJr
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  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of WyomingLaramieUSA

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