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Relativistic Thermodynamics and the Classical Model of the Electron

Lavenda, B.H. (2001) Relativistic Thermodynamics and the Classical Model of the Electron. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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Einstein's famous relation between mass and energy is interpreted in terms of the equivalence of the rate of heating of a body and the rate of increase of its inertial mass. In an adiabatic process, where the proper mass remains constant, it is the heat content, and not the energy, which is conserved because the pressure, and not the volume, is Lorentz-invariant. There are two categories of relativistic quantities: inertial and thermodynamic ones, which are transformed into one another by the work necessary to keep the inertial state in motion. In a non-adiabatic process, the rate of heating is Lorentz-invariant, which must always be greater than the power that it generates.


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Lavenda, B.H.
Keywords: energy-mass versus heat content-mass relationship; electrostatic versus electromagnetic mass; frequency versus energy dependence upon velocity; Lorentz-invariants; thermodynamic versus inertial quantities.
Subjects: General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Depositing User: Bernard Lavenda
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2001
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:10
Item ID: 480
Public Domain: No
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/480

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