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Jordan's Derivation of Blackbody Fluctuations

Bacciagaluppi, Guido and Crull, Elise and Maroney, O J E (2017) Jordan's Derivation of Blackbody Fluctuations. [Preprint]

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Abstract

The celebrated Dreimännerarbeit by Born, Heisenberg and Jordan contains a matrix-mechanical derivation by Jordan of Planck’s formula for blackbody fluctuations. Jordan appears to have considered this to be one of his finest contributions to quantum theory, but the status of his derivation is puzzling. In our Dreimenschenarbeit, we show how to understand what Jordan was doing in the double context of a Boltzmannian approach to statistical mechanics and of the early ‘statistical interpretation’ of matrix mechanics.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Bacciagaluppi, Guidog.bacciagaluppi@uu.nl
Crull, Eliseecrull@ccny.cuny.edu
Maroney, O J Eowen.maroney@philosophy.ox.ac.uk
Keywords: Jordan, quantum mechanics, blackbody radiation, statistical mechanics, matrix mechanics, thermodynamics
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Depositing User: Dr Elise Crull
Date Deposited: 04 May 2017 22:57
Last Modified: 04 May 2017 22:57
Item ID: 13021
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Date: 3 May 2017
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/13021

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