Gibbs, Einstein and the Foundations of Statistical Mechanics

  title={Gibbs, Einstein and the Foundations of Statistical Mechanics},
  author={Luis Navarro},
  journal={Archive for History of Exact Sciences},
  • L. Navarro
  • Published 1 June 1998
  • Physics
  • Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Abstract It is generally accepted that, around the turn of the century, GIBBS and EINSTEIN independently developed two equivalent formulations of statistical mechanics. GIBBS version is taken as genuine and rigorous, while EINSTEINs, despite some features which are characteristic of him, is usually considered a not totally satisfactory attempt.It will be shown in the present work that such a picture is oversimplified and requires further nuancing. In fact, there are significant differences… 
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