Boltzmann’s reply to the Loschmidt paradox: a commented translation
CNRS, UMR 7219: Sciences Philosophie Histoire, Paris, France
Accepted: 23 August 2021
Published online: 26 November 2021
Boltzmann’s reply to Loschmidt’s reversibility paradox (1877) has baffled many readers, owing to imprecise language and unproven assumptions. Based on a new translation and detailed commentary, it will be shown that this text nevertheless contains the essentials of a correct, insightful interpretation of thermodynamic irreversibility in statistico-mechanical context.
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