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Physics and Chance: Philosophical Issues in the Foundations of Statistical Mechanics

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Statistical mechanics is one of the crucial fundamental theories of physics, and in his new book Lawrence Sklar, one of the pre-eminent philosophers of physics, offers a comprehensive, non-technical introduction to that theory and to attempts to understand its foundational elements. Among the topics treated in detail are: probability and statistical explanation, the basic issues in both equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, the role of cosmology, the reduction of thermodynamics to statistical mechanics, and the alleged foundation of the very notion of time asymmetry in the entropic asymmetry of systems in time. The book emphasises the interaction of scientific and philosophical modes of reasoning, and in this way will interest all philosophers of science as well as those in physics and chemistry concerned with philosophical questions. The book could also be read by an informed general reader interested in the foundations of modern science.

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Statistical mechanics is one of the crucial fundamental theories of physics. Lawrence Sklar, one of the preeminent philosophers of physics, offers a comprehensive, nontechnical introduction to the theory and to historical attempts to understand its foundational elements. The book emphasizes the interaction of scientific and philosophical modes of reasoning. In this way, it will interest philosophers of science and physicists and chemists concerned with philosophical questions; it will also be read by general readers interested in the foundations of modern science.

Synopsis:

Lawrence Sklar offers a comprehensive, non-technical introduction to statistical mechanics and attempts to understand its foundational elements.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Historical sketch; 3. Probability; 4. Statistical explanation; 5. Equilibrium theory; 6. Describing non-equilibrium; 7. Rationalising non-equilibrium theory; 8. Cosmology and irreversibility; 9. The reduction of thermodynamics to statistical mechanics; 10. The direction of time; 11. The current state of the major questions; References; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521558815
Author:
Sklar, Lawrence
Author:
Sklar
Author:
Lawrence, Sklar
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Mathematics
Subject:
Statistics
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Science Reference-Philosophy of Science
Subject:
Philosophy & Aspects
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20041031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
456
Dimensions:
9.00x5.96x1.14 in. 1.50 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Statistical mechanics is one of the crucial fundamental theories of physics. Lawrence Sklar, one of the preeminent philosophers of physics, offers a comprehensive, nontechnical introduction to the theory and to historical attempts to understand its foundational elements. The book emphasizes the interaction of scientific and philosophical modes of reasoning. In this way, it will interest philosophers of science and physicists and chemists concerned with philosophical questions; it will also be read by general readers interested in the foundations of modern science.
"Synopsis" by , Lawrence Sklar offers a comprehensive, non-technical introduction to statistical mechanics and attempts to understand its foundational elements.
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