John Baez

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of British Columbia

September 23, 2021

Classical Mechanics versus Thermodynamics

It came as a shock when I first realized that some of the most famous equations in thermodynamics are just the same as the most famous equations in classical mechanics — with only the names of the variables changed. It turns out that this follows from a deep and not yet completely explored analogy between the two subjects, which I will explain.

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