Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Commentary on the Principles of Thermodynamics by Pierre Duhem

Editors: Needham, P. (Ed.)

  • Presents previously untranslated publications of Pierre Duhem
  • Includes the first definition of reversible process in thermodynamics
  • Provides the first critical study of Gibbs's "On the equilibrium of heterogeneous systems"
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Pierre Duhem (1861–1916) held the chair of theoretical physics at Bordeaux from 1894 to his death. He established a reputation in both the history and philosophy of science as well as in science itself (physics and physical chemistry). Much of his work in the first two areas has been translated into English, but little of his technical scientific work. The present volume contains early work of Duhem’s illustrating his interest in the rigorous development of physical theory for which he is famous. It opens with what was the first critical discussion of Gibbs’ groundbreaking "On the Equilibrium of Heterogeneous Substances" (1876-8), where Duhem addressed the problem that, as he put it, "Mathematicians regret that the principles of Thermodynamics should have been developed in general with so little precision that the same proposition can be regarded by some as a consequence, and by others as a negation, of these principles". The other papers, forming a three-part series, pursue this project of putting the foundations of thermodynamics on a clearer and more secure basis. This book will be of interest to scholars in history and philosophy of science, especially those interested in the development of physical chemistry and the work of Pierre Duhem.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • An Examination of the Second Law of Thermodynamics

    Needham, Paul

    Pages 3-22

  • Historical Background and Principal Applications of Gibbs’ Theory

    Needham, Paul

    Pages 23-34

  • Preliminary Definitions

    Needham, Paul

    Pages 37-49

  • The Principle of the Conservation of Energy

    Needham, Paul

    Pages 51-64

  • Work and Quantity of Heat

    Needham, Paul

    Pages 65-82

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Commentary on the Principles of Thermodynamics by Pierre Duhem
Editors
  • P. Needham
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
277
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-0311-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-0311-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-0310-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3641-2
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 216
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