Bibliographic Details

The kinetic theory of gases : an anthology of classic papers with historical commentary / by Stephen G Brush ; edited by Nancy S Hall.

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.
Language English
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.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Format E-Resource, Book
URL for this record
Other authors / contributors Hall, Nancy S.
ISBN 9781848161337
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
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
Table of Contents:
  • pt. 1. The nature of gases and of heat. Robert Boyle: The spring of the air
  • Isaac Newton: The repulsion theory
  • Daniel Bernoulli: On the properties and motions of elastic fluids, especially air
  • George Gregory: The existence of fire
  • Robert Mayer: The forces of inorganic nature
  • James Joule: On matter, living force, and heat
  • Hermann von Helmholtz: The conservation of force
  • Rudolf Clausius: The nature of the motion which we call heat
  • Rudolf Clausius
  • On the mean length of the paths described by the separate molecules of gaseous bodies
  • James Clerk Maxwell: Illustrations of the dynamical theory of gases
  • Rudolf Clausius: On a mechanical theorem applicable to heat
  • pt. 2. Irreversible processes. James Clerk Maxwell: On the dynamical theory of gases
  • Ludwig Boltzmann: Further studies on the thermal equilibrium of gas molecules
  • William Thomson: The kinetic theory of dissipation of energy
  • Ludwig Boltzmann: On the relation of a general mechanical theorem to the second law of thermodynamics
  • Henri Poincaré: On the three-body problem and the equations of dynamics
  • Henri Poincaré: Mechanism and experience
  • Ernst Zermelo: On a theorem of dynamics and the mechanical theory of heat
  • Ludwig Boltzmann: Reply to Zermelo's remarks on the theory of heat
  • Ernst Zermelo: On the mechanical explanation of irreversible processes
  • Ludwig Boltzmann: On Zermelo's paper "On the mechanical explanation of irreversible processes"
  • pt. 3. Historical discussions / by Stephen G. Brush. Gadflies and geniuses in the history of gas theory
  • Interatomic forces and gas theory from Newton to Lennard-Jones
  • Irreversibility and indeterminism: Fourier to Heisenberg
  • Proof of impossibility of ergodic systems: the 1913 papers of Rosenthal and Plancherel
  • Statistical mechanics and the philosophy of science: some historical notes
  • pt. 4. A guide to historical commentaries: kinetic theory of gases, thermodynamics, and related topics.