1 1 M ay 2 00 1 Boltzmann ’ s Approach to Statistical Mechanics

@inproceedings{Goldstein200111M,
  title={1 1 M ay 2 00 1 Boltzmann ’ s Approach to Statistical Mechanics},
  author={Sheldon Goldstein},
  year={2001}
}
In the last quarter of the nineteenth century, Ludwig Boltzmann explained how irreversible macroscopic laws, in particular the second law of thermodynamics, originate in the time-reversible laws of microscopic physics. Boltzmann’s analysis, the essence of which I shall review here, is basically correct. The most famous criticisms of Boltzmann’s later work… CONTINUE READING