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Max Planck and the Statistical Definition of Entropy [1959b]

  • Robert S. Cohen
  • John J. Stachel
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 21)

Abstract

The statistical interpretation of entropy given by Boltzmann played a decisive role in the thinking of Planck in more than one respect. The study of this aspect of his work — apart from the pleasure derived from reading papers written with such elegance and lucidity — is nowadays still full of lessons. In particular the famous controversy occasioned by the concept of absolute entropy proposed by Planck, touches on very deep epislemological problems which are still current. In the following pages we will review the problems in whose analysis Planck had occasion to develop and apply his outlook on statistical thermodynamics.

Keywords

Phase Space Statistical Thermodynamic Elementary Cell Correct Justification Statistical Definition 
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  • Robert S. Cohen
  • John J. Stachel

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