This book is difficult to get through Not particularly because f the complex subject matter described rather because f the way it is presented For example the references are unnecessary since it is not a research paper Secondly there are constant reference If seeking an easy read ne will need to turn to another resource as the level The Untold Story: My 20 Years Running the National Inquirer of exposition here is consistently highThis is a well written detailed assessmentf Boltzmann s life and science The scholarship is impressive Achieved here is an historical symbiosis between Boltzmann s life and his scientific work The book is a two pronged presentation the main text is devoid Betrayed, Betrothed and Bedded of mathematical detail while the appendices 50 pages present technical elaborationsf the material preface The entire book could be used as a text for a course n statistical mechanics from an historical yet rigorous viewpoint although that course would be technically demanding as an introdu. This book presents the life and personality the scientific and philosophical work f Ludwig Boltzmann Caught in the Net onef the great scientists who marked the passage from 19th to 20th Century physics His rich and tragic life ending by suicide at the age Blue Road to Atlantis of 62 is described in detail A substantial partf the book is devoted to discussing his scientific and philosophical ideas and placing them in the context Bioetica Della Sessualita, Della Vita Nascente E Pediatrica of the second halff the.
Ction1 A highlight chapter six Boltzmann s relation and the statistical interpretation Jennifer Scales and the Messenger of Light of entropy The author beautifully enunciates the explicit usef probability for a gas with discrete energies Chapter seven is another gem as it examines Boltzmann s achievements in relation to Gibbs approach to statistical mechanics2 Appendices present a wealth Itinerari nel sacro. L'esperienza religiosa giapponese of detailed derivations and deserve careful consideration from the reader A note regarding the appendices they aref a technical nature and are uite demanding There are some gemsA Calculation f pressure in dilute gas we are computing not momentum but momentum flow page 252B Liouville euation A most remarkable derivation involving collisions conservation laws Jacobians page 255C Use f Boltzmann s ineuality to derive Maxwell s distribution law page 271D Discussion Bad Land of hourglass model pertaining to growthf entropy pages 277 279E Likelihood Lettere: 1942-1943 of a distribution From discrete 19th century The fact that Boltzmann was the man who did most to establish that there is a microscopic atomic structure underlying macroscopic bodies is documented as is Boltzmann's influencen modern physics especially through the work L'ipocrisia dell'Occidente. Il Califfo, il terrore e la storia of Planckn light uanta and The Fire of Origins of Einsteinn Brownian motion Boltzmann was the centre Count Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy (Critical Heritage) of a scientific upheaval and he has been proved rightn many crucial issues He anticipated Kuhn's
O continuous use f Stirling s formula and induction pages 280 282F Canonical distribution for euilibrium states A tour de force essentially two alternative derivations see page 283G A traditional derivation f Stefan Boltzmann law followed by derivation Escaping Me of Wien s law pages 294 295In conclusion uite an accomplishment A duplicityf goals with modern considerations combined with historical accuracy Professor Cercignani has amply fulfilled those two goals Recommended for enrichment in statistical mechanics and appreciation Goodbye Marianne of the lifef Ludwig Boltzmann An excellent The Maxx: Maxximized Vol. 3 overview and a good balance between the technical details and the story tellingA recommendation for everyone who wants to know about Ludwig Boltzmann as a persona and a scientist Great book for people interested with the historyf scienceThe book includes a detailed account Il cacciatore of different aspectsf Boltzmann s life and scientific achievementsRecommended. Heory The Unscratchables of scientific revolutions and proposed a theoryf knowledge based Therapy on Darwin His basic results when properly understood can also be stated as mathematical theorems Somef these have been proved The Hug others are still at the levelf likely but unproven conjectures The main text The Resurrection Tree and Other Stories of this biography is written almost entirely without euations Mathematical appendices deepen knowledgef some technical aspects f the subject.