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  • ISBN: 9780226458007
  • ISBN10: 0226458008

Black-Body Theory and the Quantum Discontinuity, 1894-1912

by Thomas S. Kuhn

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 04/01/1987
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Part One. Planck's Black-Body Theory, 1894-1906: The Classical PhaseI. Planck's Route to the Black-Body ProblemThe Black-Body Problem Planck and Thermodynamics Planck and the Kinetic Theory of Gases Planck and the Continuum and ElectromagnetismII. Planck's Statistical Heritage: Boltzmann on IrreversibilityBoltzmann's H-Theorem The First Interpretation of theH-Theorem Loschmidt's Paradox and the Combinatorial Definition of Entropy The Conflation of "Molecular" and "Molar" Molecular Disorder Epilogue: Molecular Disorder and the Combinatorial Definition after 1896III. Planck and the ElectromagneticH-Theorem 1897-1899Cavity Radiation without Statistics The Entry of Statistics and Natural Radiation Planck's "Fundamental Equation" Entropy and Irreversibility in the FieldIV. Planck's Distribution Law and Its Derivations, 1900-1901Planck's Uniqueness Theorem and the New Distribution Law Recourse to Combinatorials Deriving the Distribution Law The New Status of the Radiation ConstantsV. The Foundations of Planck's Radiation Theory, 1901-1906The Continuity of Planck's Theory, 1894-1906 Natural Radiation and Equiprobable States Energy Elements and Energy Discontinuity The Quantum of Action and Its Presumptive Source Planck's Early Readers, 1900-1906Part Two. The Emergence of the Quantum Discontinuity, 1905-1912VI. Dismantling Planck's Black-Body Theory: Ehrenfest, Rayleigh, and JeansThe Origin of the Rayleigh-Jeans Law, 1900-1905 Ehrenfest's Theory of Quasi-Entropies The Impotence of Resonators Complexion Theory and the Rayleigh-Jeans LawVII. A New Route to Black-Body Theory: Einstein, 1902-1909Einstein on Statistical Thermodynamics, 1902-1903 Fluctuation Phenomena and Black-Body Theory, 1904-1905 Einstein on Planck, 1906-1909VIII. Converts to Discontinuity, 1906-1910Lorentz's Rome Lecture and Its Aftermath Planck on Discontinuity, 1908-1910 The Consolidation of Expert Opinion: Wien and JeansIX. Black-Body Theory and the State of the Quantum, 1911-1912The Decline of Black-Body Theory The Emergence of Specific Heats Quanta and the Structure of Radiation The Quantum and Atomic Structure The State of the QuantumPart Three. EpilogueX. Planck's New Radiation TheoryPlanck's "Second Theory" Revising theLecturesSome Uses of the Second Theory The Fate of the Second Theory Notes Bibliography Afterword: Revisiting Planck Index
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