Ludwig Boltzmann His Later Life and Philosophy, 1900–1906: Book One: A Documentary History

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jan 31, 1995 - History - 272 pages
2 But already he had done important work on thermal equilibrium which helped generalize Maxwell's distribution law. Indeed, there is part of a letter by James Clerk Maxwell to Loschmidt from this period which runs: "I am very pleased over the outstanding work of your student; in England experi mental physics is much neglected. Sir William Thomson has done the most in this connection, but you [in Austria] are ahead of us with your good example. "2 But while praise was fine, Boltzmann lusted after further travel. He wanted to know what other physicists were doing first hand. In 1870 he attended lectures by Bunsen and Konigsberger in Heid elberg, and in the same year went to Berlin only to scurry back to Vienna with the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War, but Boltzmann was back in Berlin the next year attending lectures, visiting laboratories, and working on dielectricity more or less under the direction of Kirchhhoff and Helmholtz.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Physics
10
Methodology of Science
21
Boltzmanns Philosophy
27
Myths and Exaggerations
36
Conclusions
41
Preliminary Quotations 18861899
43
Call to Leipzig
55
B Some Observations Concerning Mach and Boltzmann
127
C Natural Philosophy
133
Brentano and California
145
B More Philosophy Lecture Notes
164
El Dorado Anecdotes
171
B Some Stories about Boltzmann
197
Final Months Aftermath
205
Boltzmanns Battalion
215

B Opinions about Ostwald and Boltzmann and the Struggle between Energeticism and Atomism from Two Former Students and a Colleague
75
C Methodology of Science
77
Back to Vienna
87
B Student Comments on Boltzmanns Lectures
105
C Natural Philosophy
107
Philosophy Lectures
111
Beethoven in Heaven A Choral Jest
221
Bibliography
225
II Obituaries of Boltzmann 19061908
228
Articles and Books
229
Name Index
259
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