The introduction to the textbook States of Matter, by David L. Goodstein:

Ludwig Boltzmann, who spent much of his life studying statistical mechanics, died in 1906, by his own hand.  Paul Ehrenfest, carrying on the work, died similarly in 1933.  Now it is our turn to study statistical mechanics.


4 thoughts on “Encouraging!

  1. Rob H. says:

    Yeah, I think that quote is common knowledge for physicists. I was certainly taught it as an undergraduate.

  2. Jason Starr says:

    You’re only seeing that quote now? By the way, Goodstein’s wife has several interesting articles in the Notices about the history of Italian algebraic geometry (particularly Severi and Enriques).

  3. Tom Church says:

    For anyone looking for those articles, the author is Judith Goodstein.

  4. Duncan Carlsmith says:

    I recommend the text “States of Matter.”

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