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Profile: Janneke van Lith (Utrecht University)
  1. Jos Uffink, Dennis Dieks, Janneke van Lith & Geurt Sengers (2008). In Memoriam Hanneke Janssen. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 39 (4):917-918.
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  2. Janneke van Lith (2003). Essay Review: Probability in Classical Statistical Physics. Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 33:143–50.
    Review article of Y.M. Guttmann, <em>The Concept of Probability in Statistical Physics</em>, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.
     
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  3. Janneke van Lith (2001). Ergodic Theory, Interpretations of Probability and the Foundations of Statistical Mechanics. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 32 (4):581-594.
    The traditional use of ergodic theory in the foundations of equilibrium statistical mechanics is that it provides a link between thermodynamic observables and microcanonical probabilities. First of all, the ergodic theorem demonstrates the equality of microcanonical phase averages and infinite time averages (albeit for a special class of systems, and up to a measure zero set of exceptions). Secondly, one argues that actual measurements of thermodynamic quantities yield time averaged quantities, since measurements take a long time. The combination of these (...)
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  4. Jos Uffink & Janneke van Lith (1999). Thermodynamic Uncertainty Relations. Foundations of Physics 29 (5):655-692.
    Bohr and Heisenberg suggested that the thermodynamical quantities of temperature and energy are complementary in the same way as position and momentum in quantum mechanics. Roughly speaking their idea was that a definite temperature can be attributed to a system only if it is submerged in a heat bath, in which case energy fluctuations are unavoidable. On the other hand, a definite energy can be assigned only to systems in thermal isolation, thus excluding the simultaneous determination of its temperature. Rosenfeld (...)
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  5. Janneke van Lith (1999). Reconsidering the Concept of Equilibrium in Classical Statistical Mechanics. Philosophy of Science 66 (3):118.