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On how to approach the approach to equilibrium

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posted on 30.03.2021, 12:39 by Joshua Michael LUCZAK

This article highlights the limitations of typicality accounts of thermodynamic behavior so as to promote an alternative line of research: understanding and accounting for the success of the techniques and equations physicists use to model the behavior of systems that begin away from equilibrium. This article also takes steps in this promising direction. It examines a technique commonly used to model the behavior of an important kind of system: a Brownian particle that has been introduced to an isolated fluid at equilibrium. It also accounts for the success of the model, by identifying and grounding the technique's key assumptions.

History

Publication Date

01/07/2016

Journal

Philosophy of Science

Volume

83

Issue

3

Pages

393-411

ISSN

0031-8248

School

School of Social Sciences

IRIS ID

137882175

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