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Physics Colloquium - "In Praise of Clausius Entropy: Reassessing the Foundations of Boltzmannian Statistical Mechanics"

Event Type
Other
Sponsor
University of Illinois Department of Physics
Location
141 Loomis
Date
Jan 29, 2020   4:00 pm  
Speaker
Christopher G. Weaver, University of Illinois
Contact
Suzanne Hallihan
E-Mail
shalliha@illinois.edu
Phone
217-333-3760
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Originating Calendar
Physics - Colloquium

I will argue, pace a great many of my contemporaries, that there's something right about Boltzmann's attempt to ground the second law of thermodynamics in a suitably amended deterministic time-reversal invariant classical Hamiltonian mechanics and that in order to appreciate what's right about (what was at least at one time) Boltzmann's explanatory project one has to fully apprehend the nature of (a) microphysical causal structure, (b) time-reversal invariance, and (c) the relationship between the Boltzmann entropy and the work of Rudolf Clausius.

 

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