The Gibbs Symposium

The Gibbs Symposium


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This volume, a joint publication with the American Institute of Physics, contains the proceedings of a symposium honoring the memory of Josiah Willard Gibbs, one of the giants of theoretical physics. Three articles provide perspectives on Gibbs, the man, and on the place his work occupies in the history of science. There are also contributions from leading scientists on statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, geophysics, number theory, general relativity, and economics.


The physics of J. Willard Gibbs in his time by M. J. Klein On the prescience of J. Willard Gibbs by A. S. Wightman Phases and phase diagrams: Gibbs's legacy today by M. E. Fisher Two ideas from Gibbs: the entropy inequality and the dividing surface by B. Widom Quantum statistics and locality by J. Frohlich Ensembles versus assemblies and the approach to equilibrium by I. Oppenheim Some mathematical problems arising from the work of Gibbs by C. Fefferman Contact geometry: the geometrical method of Gibbs's thermodynamics by V. I. Arnold Representation theory: its rise and its role in number theory by R. P. Langlands Thermodynamics and evolution of the Earth's interior: high-pressure melting of silicate perovskite as an example by R. Jeanloz How one may explore the physical content of the general theory of relativity by S. Chandrasekhar Maxwell's equations, vector potential, and connections on fiber bundles by C. N. Yang Gibbs in economics by P. A. Samuelson Banquet speech: Willard Gibbs and the teaching of science by F. J. Dyson Appendix: Minutes of the fortieth meeting of the Yale Physical Club Program List of participants Minutes of the fortieth meeting of the Yale Physical Club Gibbs and the art of thermodynamics by K. R. Jolls.

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  • ISBN13: 9780821801574
  • Format: Hardback
  • ID: 9780821801574
  • ISBN10: 0821801570

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