The Gibbs Paradox Revisited

  title={The Gibbs Paradox Revisited},
  author={Dennis Dieks},
  • D. Dieks
  • Published 28 February 2010
  • Physics, Philosophy
The Gibbs paradox has frequently been interpreted as a sign that particles of the same kind are fundamentally indistinguishable; and that quantum mechanics, with its identical fermions and bosons, is indispensable for making sense of this. In this article we shall argue, on the contrary, that analysis of the paradox supports the idea that classical particles are always distinguishable. Perhaps surprisingly, this analysis extends to quantum mechanics: even according to quantum mechanics there… 
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  • in: Foundations of Physics,
  • 2010