Irreversible Processes

Irreversible Processes

Kinetic Theory

1st Edition - January 1, 1966

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  • Author: Stephen G. Brush
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483181042

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Kinetic Theory, Volume 2: Irreversible Processes deals with the kinetic theory of gases and the irreversible processes they undergo. It includes the two papers by James Clerk Maxwell and Ludwig Boltzmann in which the basic equations for transport processes in gases are formulated, together with the first derivation of Boltzmann's "H-theorem" and a discussion of this theorem, along with the problem of irreversibility. Comprised of 10 chapters, this volume begins with an introduction to the fundamental nature of heat and of gases, along with Boltzmann's work on the kinetic theory of gases and statistical mechanics. Energy dissipation, the statistical nature of the second law of thermodynamics, and the eternal return and the recurrence paradox are also considered. The first chapter examines the dynamical theory of gases and its application to the explanation of various properties of gases; the known chemical relation between the density of a gas and its equivalent weight, commonly called the Law of Equivalent Volumes; and the diffusion of one gas through another. Subsequent chapters focus on the thermal equilibrium of gas molecules; the three-body problem and the equations of dynamics; the mechanical theory of heat; and the relation of a general mechanical theorem to the second law of thermodynamics. A mechanical explanation of irreversible processes is also offered. This book will be useful for students of physics at the advanced undergraduate or beginning postgraduate level.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Part 1



    Part 2

    1. On the Dynamical Theory of Gases (from Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, for 1866)

    2. Further Studies on the Thermal Equilibrium of Gas Molecules (from Sitzungsberichte der kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna, 1872)

    3. The Kinetic Theory of the Dissipation of Energy (from Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, for 1874)

    4. On the Relation of a General Mechanical Theorem to the Second Law of Thermodynamics (from Sitzungsberichte der kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna, 1877)

    5. On the Three-body Problem and the Equations of Dynamics (from Acta Mathematica, 1890)

    6. Mechanism and Experience (from Revue de Metaphysique et de Morale, 1893)

    7. On a Theorem of Dynamics and the Mechanical Theory of Heat (from Annalen der Physik, 1896)

    8. Reply to Zermelo's Remarks on the Theory of Heat (from Annalen der Physik, 1896)

    9. On the Mechanical Explanation of Irreversible Processes (from Annalen der Physik, 1896)

    10. On Zermelo's Paper "On the Mechanical Explanation of Irreversible Processes" (from Annalen der Physik, 1897)


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  • No. of pages: 262
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 2013
  • Published: January 1, 1966
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483181042

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Stephen G. Brush

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D. ter Haar

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