By Paul Needham (Ed.),Paul Needham
Pierre Duhem (1861–1916) held the chair of theoretical physics at Bordeaux from 1894 to his demise. He tested a name in either the background and philosophy of technological know-how in addition to in technological know-how itself (physics and actual chemistry). a lot of his paintings within the first parts has been translated into English, yet little of his technical clinical paintings. the current quantity comprises early paintings of Duhem’s illustrating his curiosity within the rigorous improvement of actual concept for which he's recognized. It opens with what used to be the 1st severe dialogue of Gibbs’ groundbreaking "On the Equilibrium of Heterogeneous components" (1876-8), the place Duhem addressed the matter that, as he placed it, "Mathematicians remorse that the rules of Thermodynamics must have been constructed usually with so little precision that an analogous proposition might be seemed via a few for that reason, and by way of others as a negation, of those principles". the opposite papers, forming a three-part sequence, pursue this undertaking of placing the rules of thermodynamics on a clearer and safer foundation. This ebook can be of curiosity to students in heritage and philosophy of technological know-how, specifically these attracted to the advance of actual chemistry and the paintings of Pierre Duhem.
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