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Heated debate.

McClintock, Peter V. E. (1987) Heated debate. The Times Higher Education Supplement.

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Abstract

Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, of their nature, represent subsidiary bodies of scientific theory. That is, they deal, not with the fundamental physical laws that govern the interactions and fields of elementary particles, but rather with the chaotic aggregates of particles that constitutt> the familiar world of bulk matter. An important and rather pleasing consequence of this subsidiary status, as Professor Lawden points out, is that these subjects are largely independent of the detailed characteristics of the microscopic constituents (for example, atoms, molecules or quanta) of the systems that they can be used to describe. They are thus endowed with a universality and a quality of endurance that should enable them to outlast many epochs of more fundamental theories.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: The Times Higher Education Supplement
Additional Information: Review of "Principles of Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics" by D.F. Lawden, Wiley, 168pp., ISBN: 0471911720 and 91l747.
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
ID Code: 33032
Deposited By: Professor P. V. E. McClintock
Deposited On: 30 Apr 2010 13:26
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 21:50
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/33032

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