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Taking Thermodynamics Too Seriously

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

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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
Callender, Craig
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 15:10
Item ID: 289

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