Foundations of Physics

, Volume 17, Issue 7, pp 713–722

Microscopic aspects implied by the Second Law

  • D. K. Kondepudi
Part III. Invited Papers Dedicated to Ilya Prigogine


It is conventional to try to arrive at the Boltzmann principle and the Second Law starting with the laws of dynamics at the microscopic level. In this article the opposite view is presented: Starting with the Second Law, microscopic properties are derived. A classical result of Wien is developed into a general theorem, and the possibility of deriving the Boltzmann principle as a consequence of Carnot's theorem is discussed.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    F. Dyson,Origins of Life (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1985).Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    R. P. Feynman, R. B. Leighton, and M. Sands,The Feynman Lectures on Physics (Addison-Wesley, Reading, Massachusetts, 1965), Vol. 1, Chap. 46.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    M. Planck,Theory of Heat Radiation (Blakiston's Son & Co., Philadelphia, 1914).Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    H. B. Callen and T. A. Welton,Phys. Rev. 83, 34 (1951).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    H. Bhabha,Proc. R. Soc. London A 172, 384 (1939).Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    D. ter Harr (ed.),Old Quantum Theory (Pergamon Press, New York, 1967), p. 170.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. K. Kondepudi
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Studies in Statistical MechanicsUniversity of Texas at AustinAustin

Personalised recommendations