The Tangled Tale of Phase Space

  title={The Tangled Tale of Phase Space},
  author={David D. Nolte},
  journal={Oxford Scholarship Online},
  • D. Nolte
  • Published 1 April 2010
  • Physics
  • Oxford Scholarship Online
This chapter presents the history of the development of the concept of phase space. Phase space is the central visualization tool used today to study complex systems. The chapter describes the origins of phase space with the work of Joseph Liouville and Carl Jacobi that was later refined by Ludwig Boltzmann and Rudolf Clausius in their attempts to define and explain the subtle concept of entropy. The turning point in the history of phase space was when Henri Poincaré used phase space to solve… 
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