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The Concept of Probability in Statistical Physics

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Probability, Induction and Decision Theory

  • Date Published: September 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521042178

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  • Foundational issues in statistical mechanics and the more general question of how probability is to be understood in the context of physical theories are both areas that have been neglected by philosophers of physics. This book fills an important gap in the literature by providing the most systematic study to date of how to interpret probabilistic assertions in the context of statistical mechanics. The book will be of particular interest to philosophers of science, physicists and mathematicians interested in foundational issues, and also to historians of science.

    • A systematic study of probabilistic theory in statistical mechanics
    • We have done well with big books on topics such as probabilistic theory (e.g. von Plato, Creating Modern Probability) and statistical mechanics (e.g. Sklar, Physics and Chance)
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    "...essential reading for philosophers of physics interested in statistical mechanics and of deep interest to those in physics and mathematics interested in foundational issues." Larry Sklar, author of Physics and Chance

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    • Date Published: September 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521042178
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The Neo-Laplacian approach to statistical mechanics
    2. Subjectivism and the Ergodic approach
    3. The Haar measure
    4. Measure and topology in statistical mechanics
    5. Three solutions
    Appendix I: mathematical preliminaries
    Appendix II: on the foundations of probability
    Appendix III: probability in non-equilibrium statistical mechanics
    Author index
    Subject index.

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    Y. M. Guttmann, Stanford University, California

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