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How many aims are we aiming at?

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journal contribution
posted on 30.03.2021, 12:40 by Joshua Michael LUCZAK

I highlight that the aim of using statistical mechanics to underpin irreversible processes is, strictly speaking, ambiguous. Traditionally, however, the task of underpinning irreversible processes has been thought to be synonymous with underpinning the Second Law of thermodynamics. I claim that contributors to the foundational discussion are best interpreted as aiming to provide a microphysical justification of the Minus First Law, despite the ways their aims are often stated. I suggest that contributors should aim at accounting for both the Minus First Law and Second Law.

History

Publication Date

01/04/2018

Journal

Analysis

Volume

78

Issue

2

Pages

244-254

ISSN

0003-2638

School

School of Social Sciences

IRIS ID

138047277