| Nobel laureate’s brilliant attempt to develop a simple, unified standard method of dealing with all cases of statistical thermodynamics (classical, quantum, Bose-Einstein, Fermi-Dirac, etc.). Discussions of Nernst theorem, Planck’s oscillator, fluctuations, the n-particle problem, problem of radiation, much more.
The object of this seminar is to develop briefly one simple, unified standard method, capable of dealing, without changing the fundamental attitude, with all cases (classical, quantum, Bose-Einstein, Fermi-Dirac, etc.) and with every new problem that may arise. The interest is focused on the general procedure, and examples are dealt with as illustrations thereof. It is not a first introduction for newcomers to the subject, but rather a 'repetitorium '. The treatment of those topics which are to be found in everyone of a hundred text~ books is severely condensed; on the other hand, vital points vvhich are usually passed over in all but the large monographs (such as Fowler's and Tolman's) are dealt with at greater length. |