Journal of Statistical Physics

, Volume 78, Issue 5, pp 1571–1589

Ergodicity, ensembles, irreversibility in Boltzmann and beyond

  • Giovanni Gallavotti

DOI: 10.1007/BF02180143

Cite this article as:
Gallavotti, G. J Stat Phys (1995) 78: 1571. doi:10.1007/BF02180143


The contents of a not too well-known paper by Boltzmann are critically examined. The etymology of the word ergodic and its implications are discussed. A connection with the modern theory of Ruelle is attempted.

Key Words

Boltzmann ergodicity irreversibility Ruelle principle SRB measures chaos nonequilibrium 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Giovanni Gallavotti
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di FisicaUniversità di RomaRomeItaly

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