The History of Thermodynamics and Scientific Realism Workshop

May 12, 2015
Philosophy Department , Durham University

College of St Hild and St Bede, St Hild’s Lane
United Kingdom


Keith Hutchison
University of Melbourne
Owen Maroney
Oxford University
Ben Marsden
University of Aberdeen

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The History of Thermodynamics and Scientific Realism

A one-day workshop, to be held on Tuesday 12th May 2015, at Durham University, Durham, UK.

9-10: Tim Lyons and Peter Vickers, 'Scientific Realism and the Challenge from Thermodynamics'

10-11.20: Keith Hutchison, 'No Miracle at all: The Thomson Brothers' Prediction that Pressure Depresses the Freezing Point of Water'

11.20-11.45: Refreshments

11.45-12.35: Barrie Tonkinson, 'Carnot, his Two Theorems, and a Phenemenological Context Relating Thermodynamics to Einstein'

12.35-1.35: Lunch

1.35-2.55: Ben Marsden, Title TBC

2.55-3.45: Vasil Penchev: 'Reality in a Few Thermodynamic Reference Frames: Statistical Thermodynamics from Boltzmann via Gibbs to Einstein' 

3.45-4.10: Refreshments

4.10-5.30: Owen Maroney, 'What is Temperature, Really?'

6.30: Drinks and dinner

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May 1, 2015, 5:00am BST

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