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Hot and Heavy Matters in the Foundations of Statistical Mechanics

Callender, Craig (2010) Hot and Heavy Matters in the Foundations of Statistical Mechanics. [Preprint]


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Are the generalizations of classical equilibrium thermodynamics true of self-gravitating systems? This question has not been addressed from a foundational perspective, but here I tackle it through a study of the "paradoxes" commonly said to afflict such systems. My goals are twofold: (a) to show that the "paradoxes" raise many questions rarely discussed in the philosophical foundations literature, and (b) to counter the idea that these "paradoxes" spell the end for gravitational equilibrium thermodynamics.

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Item Type: Preprint
Callender, Craig
Keywords: equilibrium; extensive; statistical mechanics; thermodynamics; energy; entropy
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Depositing User: Craig Callender
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2010
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:20
Item ID: 5548

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