Statistical mechanics and thermodynamics: A Maxwellian view

  title={Statistical mechanics and thermodynamics: A Maxwellian view},
  author={Wayne C. Myrvold},
  journal={Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics},
  • Wayne C. Myrvold
  • Published 2011
  • Physics
  • Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
  • One finds, in Maxwell's writings on thermodynamics and statistical physics, a conception of the nature of these subjects that differs in interesting ways from the way that they are usually conceived. In particular, though—in agreement with the currently accepted view—Maxwell maintains that the second law of thermodynamics, as originally conceived, cannot be strictly true, the replacement he proposes is different from the version accepted by most physicists today. The modification of the second… CONTINUE READING
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