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Taking Thermodynamics Too Seriously

Callender, Craig (2001) Taking Thermodynamics Too Seriously. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    This paper discusses the mistake of understanding the laws and concepts of thermodynamics too literally in the foundations of statistical mechanics. Arguing that this error is still pervasive (though slightly more subtle than before), we explore its consequences in three cases: explaining the Second Law, understanding equilibrium and defining phase transitions.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: thermodynamics; entropy; equilibrium; phase transitions; reduction
    Subjects: General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
    Depositing User: Craig Callender
    Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2001
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:10
    Item ID: 289
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/289

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