Foundations of Physics

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 423-443

First online:

Thermodynamics as a science of symmetry

  • Herbert CallenAffiliated withThe Racah Institute of Physics, The Hebrew University of JerusalemDepartment of Physics, University of Pennsylvania

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A new interpretation of thermodynamics is advanced; thermodynamics is the study of those properties of macroscopic matter that follow from the symmetry properties of physical laws, mediated through the statistics of large systems.