, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 423-443

Thermodynamics as a science of symmetry

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Abstract

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.

The support of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation is gratefully acknowledged. This work has also been supported in part by the National Science Foundation.
Perrnanent address (on leave 1972–73 to Hebrew University of Jerusalem).