By Stephen G. Brush

This booklet introduces physics scholars and academics to the old improvement of the kinetic conception of gases, via delivering a suite of an important contributions through Clausius, Maxwell and Boltzmann, with introductory surveys explaining their importance. moreover, extracts from the works of Boyle, Newton, Mayer, Joule, Helmholtz, Kelvin and others exhibit the historic context of rules approximately gases, power and irreversibility. as well as 5 thematic essays connecting the classical kinetic idea with twentieth century subject matters reminiscent of indeterminism and interatomic forces, there's an intensive foreign bibliography of historic commentaries on kinetic thought, thermodynamics, and so forth. released some time past 4 decadesThe publication should be important to historians of technology who desire fundamental and secondary assets to be very easily to be had for his or her personal examine and interpretation, besides the bibliography which makes it more uncomplicated to profit what different historians have already performed in this topic. .

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