The kinetic theory of gases : an anthology of classic papers with historical commentary /

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Author / Creator:Brush, Stephen G.
Imprint:London : Imperial College Press ; River Edge, NJ : Distributed by World Scientific Pub., ©2003.
Description:1 online resource (xi, 647 pages) : illustrations.
Series:History of modern physical sciences ; 1
History of modern physical sciences ; 1.
Subject:Kinetic theory of gases -- History.
Statistical mechanics -- History.
SCIENCE -- Mechanics -- General.
Kinetic theory of gases.
Statistical mechanics.
Kinetische gastheorie.
Teoria cinética dos gases.
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Electronic books.
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Other authors / contributors:Hall, Nancy S.
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summary:This book introduces physics students and teachers to the historical development of the kinetic theory of gases, by providing a collection of the most important contributions by Clausius, Maxwell and Boltzmann, with introductory surveys explaining their significance. In addition, extracts from the works of Boyle, Newton, Mayer, Joule, Helmholtz, Kelvin and others show the historical context of ideas about gases, energy and irreversibility. In addition to five thematic essays connecting the classical kinetic theory with 20th century topics such as indeterminism and interatomic forces, there is an extensive international bibliography of historical commentaries on kinetic theory, thermodynamics, etc. published in the past four decades. The book will be useful to historians of science who need primary and secondary sources to be conveniently available for their own research and interpretation, along with the bibliography which makes it easier to learn what other historians have already done on this subject.
Other form:Print version: Brush, Stephen G. Kinetic theory of gases. London : Imperial College Press ; River Edge, NJ : Distributed by World Scientific Pub., C2003 1860943470 9781860943478