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Proceedings of the Gibbs Symposium, Yale University, May 15-17, 1989
Edited by: D. G. Caldi and G. D. Mostow
A co-publication of the AMS and American Institute of Physics.
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1990; 321 pp; hardcover
ISBN-10: 0-8218-0157-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-0157-4
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Order Code: GIBBS
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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.

Table of Contents

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