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 historical past 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 conception for which he's recognized. It opens with what was once 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 foundations of Thermodynamics must have been constructed mostly with so little precision that an analogous proposition will be seemed by way of a few for that reason, and through 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 publication should be of curiosity to students in background and philosophy of technology, specially these drawn to the improvement of actual chemistry and the paintings of Pierre Duhem.

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