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Josiah Willard Gibbs

Elementary Principles in Statistical Mechanics

J. Willard Gibbs


Gibbs is considered by many historians of science to be the most original and gifted scientist that the new world has produced to date. Among the many fields that he pioneered, Statistical Mechanics is most closely and uniquely identified with his name. Gibbs's work has been so influential in giving form to this subject that this 1902 volume could almost serve as a textbook today. This book will interest both historians of science and those who wish to probe the fundamentals of statistical mechanics.

207 + xvi pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.
Reprint of first English edition published in 1902.

Paper $24.    ISBN 0-918024-20-X

Cloth $32.
   ISBN 0-918024-19-6

The Early Work of Willard Gibbs in Applied Mechanics

J. Willard Gibbs

The Early Work of Willard Gibbs in Applied Mechanics was published in 1947, and went virtually uncirculated in spite of its obvious interest to a wide variety of scholars and historians. Within the pages of this handsome volume are Gibbs' Ph.D. dissertation on spur gears, as well as his articles on the railway car brake and on a governor for steam engines.

Henry Schuman, Inc., Publishers, 1947. First edition.

Cloth $25.    ISBN 1-881987-17-5

The Scientific Papers of J. Willard Gibbs

Volume I

Thermodynamics


This volume devoted to thermodynamics contains one of the most brilliant of all 19th-century scientific papers the 300-page "On the Equilibrium of Heterogenous Substances" This paper, a rigorous and general development of basic thermodynamic laws, not only founded the science of physical chemistry, but also provided material on the theories of catalysis, solid solutions, and osmotic pressure that later scientists spent decades in working out completely. A number of natural laws were clearly stated in this paper for the first time and its publication in 1878 was an event of the first magnitude in the history of science. Eight additional papers on the thermodynamics of fluids, vapor-densities, and electro-chemical thermodynamics, complete the first volume.

462 pages, 6 x 9.
Reprint of first edition published in 1906.

Paper $38.    ISBN 0-918024-77-3

The Scientific Papers of J. Willard Gibbs

Volume II

Dynamics, Vector Analysis, Multiple Algebra, Electromagnetic Theory of Light

This volume is a collection of Gibbs' published papers on dynamics, multiple algebra, and electromagnetic theory of light. It also includes his course on vector analysis that is the basis of both the mathematical tool and its physical application.

292 pages, 6 x 9.
Reprint of first edition published in 1906.

Paper $38.    ISBN 1-881987-06-X

Willard Gibbs

Muriel Rukeyser


"Muriel Rukeyser has written a brilliant and significant biography of the great American scientist, Willard Gibbs, wisely placing the emphasis on his intellectual and scientific achievements."
Yale Review

This biography places Gibbs in the context of the remarkable flowering of science and literature in the United States in the second half of the 19th century. Thus, the works of William James, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, and Henry Adams are discussed side-by-side with the science of Joseph Henry, Lee De Forest, and Charles Peirce. In elegant prose, Rukeyser portrays Gibbs's unparalleled scientific achievements, and presents his unique place in the intellectual life of 19th century America.

CONTENTS: Introduction: On Presumption ­ The "Amistad" Mutiny ­ New Haven Childhood ­ Science and the Imagination ­ The Education ­ Father and Son ­ The Civil War ­ The Years Abroad ­ Return to America ­ The First Papers ­ A Chair in Mathematical Physics ­ The Great Paper ­ "Mathematics Is a Language" ­ The Rosetta Stone of Science ­ The Shadow and The Factory ­ Three Masters: Melville, Whitman, Gibbs ­ The Imagination of America ­ The Double Democracy ­ Tendencies of History ­ The Long Discovery of Willard Gibbs.

465 + xiv pages, 6 x 9.
Reprint of first edition published in 1942.

Paper $35.    ISBN 0-918024-56-0

Cloth $45.
   ISBN 0-918024-57-9

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