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Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics

06/20/2005 11:15 AM

History of Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics

Ever wonder where and when certain advances in mechanics happened? This web site provides answers. Here are some highlights:

In 1575, F Commandine translates Hero of Alexandria's Pneumatics into Latin (translated earlier in 1547 into Italian by Aleotti).

In 1620, Johannes van Helmont defines "gas" (the Flemish word for chaos) for air-like substances.

In 1739, George Martine establishes that the volume of an object is not proportional to its amount of heat.

We've come a long way in a very short time.

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