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Physics 3374 - Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

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Fall 2020

"Ludwig Boltzmann, who spent much of his life studying statistical mechanics, died in 1906 by his own hand. Paul Ehrenfest, carrying on his work, died similarly in 1933. Now it is our turn to study statistical mechanics. Perhaps it will be wise to approach the subject cautiously."
-- David L. Goodstein (States of Matter, Dover 1985)

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"[Thermodynamics] is the only physical theory of a general nature of which I am convinced that it will never be overthrown."
--Albert Einstein