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Interventionism in Statistical Mechanics

Leeds, Stephen (2010) Interventionism in Statistical Mechanics. UNSPECIFIED.

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    Abstract

    I defend the idea (“Interventionism”) that the fact that no system is entirely isolated can be used to explain the successful use of the microcanonical distribution in statistical mechanics. The argument turns on claims about what is needed for an adequate explanation of this fact: I argue in particular that various competing explanations do not meet reasonable conditions of adequacy, and that the most striking lacuna in Interventionism – its failure to explain the ‘arrow of time’ – is no real defect.


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    Item Type: Other
    Keywords: Boltzmann, Interventionism, Albert
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
    Depositing User: stephen leeds
    Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2010
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:19
    Item ID: 5464
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5464

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