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In Praise of Clausius Entropy: Reassessing the Foundations of Boltzmannian Statistical Mechanics

Weaver, Christopher (2020) In Praise of Clausius Entropy: Reassessing the Foundations of Boltzmannian Statistical Mechanics. [Preprint]

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I will argue, pace a great many of my contemporaries, that there's something right about Boltzmann's attempt to ground the second law of thermodynamics in a suitably amended deterministic time-reversal invariant classical dynamics, and that in order to appreciate what's right about (what was at least at one time) Boltzmann's explanatory project, one has to fully apprehend the nature of microphysical causal structure, time-reversal invariance, and the relationship between Boltzmann entropy and the work of Rudolf Clausius.


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Weaver, Christopherwgceave9@illinois.edu
Additional Information: Forthcoming in Foundations of Physics
Keywords: Boltzmann; Maxwell; Clausius; Second Law of Thermodynamics; Causation
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Depositing User: Dr. Christopher Weaver
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2021 15:16
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2021 15:16
Item ID: 18643
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Date: 7 April 2020
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18643

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