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Can somebody please say what Gibbsian statistical mechanics says?

Frigg, Roman and Werndl, Charlotte (2018) Can somebody please say what Gibbsian statistical mechanics says? British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. ISSN 0007-0882

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Identification Number: 10.1093/bjps/axy057


Gibbsian statistical mechanics (GSM) is the most widely used version of statistical mechanics among working physicists. Yet a closer look at GSM reveals that it is unclear what the theory actually says and how it bears on experimental practice. The root cause of the difficulties is the status of the Averaging Principle, the proposition that what we observe in an experiment is the ensemble average of a phase function. We review different stances toward this principle, and eventually present a coherent interpretation of GSM that provides an account of the status and scope of the principle.

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Additional Information: © 2018 British Society for the Philosophy of Science
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Sets: Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2018 14:32
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2019 23:06

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