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The Logic of Thermostatistical Physics

  • Gérard G. Emch
  • Chuang Liu

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Gérard G. Emch, Chuang Liu
    Pages 1-38
  3. Gérard G. Emch, Chuang Liu
    Pages 39-79
  4. Gérard G. Emch, Chuang Liu
    Pages 81-112
  5. Gérard G. Emch, Chuang Liu
    Pages 113-152
  6. Gérard G. Emch, Chuang Liu
    Pages 153-197
  7. Gérard G. Emch, Chuang Liu
    Pages 199-235
  8. Gérard G. Emch, Chuang Liu
    Pages 237-259
  9. Gérard G. Emch, Chuang Liu
    Pages 261-294
  10. Gérard G. Emch, Chuang Liu
    Pages 295-330
  11. Gérard G. Emch, Chuang Liu
    Pages 331-372
  12. Gérard G. Emch, Chuang Liu
    Pages 373-392
  13. Gérard G. Emch, Chuang Liu
    Pages 393-429
  14. Gérard G. Emch, Chuang Liu
    Pages 431-450
  15. Gérard G. Emch, Chuang Liu
    Pages 451-476
  16. Gérard G. Emch, Chuang Liu
    Pages 477-518
  17. Gérard G. Emch, Chuang Liu
    Pages 519-537
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 539-703

About this book

Introduction

This book deals with models and model-building in classical and quantum physics; it relies on logic and the philosophy of science as well as on modern mathematics. The reader will also find vistas into the history of ideas. The philosophical analysis is based on the separation of syntax and semantics which is at the root of Kolmogorov's theory of probability; recursive functions and algorithmic complexity are used to discuss entropy and randomness. Basic concepts are discussed together with concrete physical models for phase transitions, scaling, renormalization semigroups, and the irreversible approach to equilibrium. The book is intended for mathematicians, physicists and philosophers of science, both researchers and graduate students.

Keywords

Complexity Models Semantics Statistical Mechanics entropy phase Transition philosophy of science physical theory probability quantum mechanics science statistical physics

Authors and affiliations

  • Gérard G. Emch
    • 1
  • Chuang Liu
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-04886-3
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-07462-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-04886-3
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