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Sir Roger Penrose: Foreword Preface Introduction 1: A short biography of Ludwig Boltzmann 2: Physics before Boltzmann 3: Kinetic theory before Boltzmann 4: The Boltzmann equation 5: Time irreversibility and the H-theorem 6: Boltzmann's relation and the statistical interpretation of entropy 7: Boltzmann, Gibbs and equilibrium statistical mechanics 8: The problem of polyatomic molecules 9: Boltzmann's contributions to other branches of physics 10: Boltzmann as a philosopher 11: Boltzmann and his contemporaries 12: The influence of Boltzmann's ideas on the science and technology of the twentieth century Epilogue Chronologys "A German professor's journey to Eldorado" Appendices

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Carlo Cercignani Dipartmento di Matematica Politecnico di Milano Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 32 20133 Milano Italy


`It is valuable, not only for the wealth and scope of information it provides, but for offering an up-to-date view, accessible to all, of Boltzmann's scientific ideas.' Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics `Carlo Cercignani has made an important contribution to our understanding of the man and his work in the context of his times... Much of the book will be interesting for the general reader.' George Fleck, The Chemical Intelligencer `I can warmly recommend the book to everybody who is interested in the history of science.' Dieter Flamm, Physics World

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