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., c2003.
Description xi, 647 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Language English
Series History of modern physical sciences 1
Subject Kinetic theory of gases -- History.
Statistical mechanics -- History.
Kinetic theory of gases.
Statistical mechanics.
History.
Format Print, Book
URL for this record http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/5545702
Varying Form of Title Kinetic theory of gases
Other authors / contributors Hall, Nancy S.
ISBN 1860943470 (hbk.)
1860943489 (pbk.)
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Table of Contents:
  • Pt. I.
  • The Nature of Gases and of Heat
  • 1.
  • The Spring of the Air /
  • Robert Boyle
  • 2.
  • The Repulsion Theory /
  • Isaac Newton
  • 3.
  • On the Properties and Motions of Elastic Fluids, especially Air /
  • Daniel Bernoulli
  • 4.
  • The Existence of Fire /
  • George Gregory
  • 5.
  • The Forces of Inorganic Nature /
  • Robert Mayer
  • 6.
  • On Matter, Living Force, and Heat /
  • James Joule
  • 7.
  • The Conservation of Force /
  • Hermann von Helmholtz
  • 8.
  • The Nature of the Motion which We Call Heat /
  • Rudolf Clausius
  • 9.
  • On the Mean Length of the Paths Described by the Separate Molecules of Gaseous Bodies /
  • Rudolf Clausius
  • 10.
  • Illustrations of the Dynamical Theory of Gases /
  • James Clerk Maxwell
  • 11.
  • On a Mechanical Theorem Applicable to Heat /
  • Rudolf Clausius
  • Pt. II.
  • Irreversible Processes
  • 1.
  • On the Dynamical Theory of Gases /
  • James Clerk Maxwell
  • 2.
  • Further Studies on the Thermal Equilibrium of Gas Molecules /
  • Ludwig Boltzmann
  • 3.
  • The Kinetic Theory of the Dissipation of Energy /
  • William Thomson
  • 4.
  • On the Relation of a General Mechanical Theorem to the Second Law of Thermodynamics /
  • Ludwig Boltzmann
  • 5.
  • On the Three-body Problem and the Equations of Dynamics /
  • Henri Poincare
  • 6.
  • Mechanism and Experience /
  • Henri Poincare
  • 7.
  • On a Theorem of Dynamics and the Mechanical Theory of Heat /
  • Ernst Zermelo
  • 8.
  • Reply to Zermelo's Remarks on the Theory of Heat /
  • Ludwig Boltzmann
  • 9.
  • On the Mechanical Explanation of Irreversible Processes /
  • Ernst Zermelo
  • 10.
  • On Zermelo's Paper "On the Mechanical Explanation of Irreversible /
  • Ludwig Boltzmann
  • Pt. III.
  • Historical Discussions
  • 1.
  • Gadflies and Geniuses in the History of Gas Theory /
  • Stephen G. Brush
  • 2.
  • Interatomic Forces and Gas Theory from Newton to Lennard-Jones /
  • Stephen G. Brush
  • 3.
  • Irreversibility and Indeterminism: Fourier to Heisenberg /
  • Stephen G. Brush
  • 4.
  • Proof of the Impossibility of Ergodic Systems: the 1913 Papers of Rosenthal and Plancherel /
  • Stephen G. Brush
  • 5.
  • Statistical Mechanics and the Philosophy of Science: Some Historical Notes /
  • Stephen G. Brush
  • Pt. IV.
  • A Guide to Historical Commentaries: Kinetic Theory of Gases, Thermodynamics, and Related Topics.