Linked bibliography for the SEP article " Philosophy of Statistical Mechanics" by Lawrence Sklar

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A comprehensive treatment of the issues from a philosophical perspective is Sklar 1993. Of important historical interest is Reichenbach 1956. An accessible and up-to-date discussion of the fundamental issues is Albert 2000. The possible invocation of a time asymmetric law through the GRW approach is discussed in this book. A spirited defense of the initial low entropy approach to time asymmetry is Price 1996. Frigg 2008 reviews additional philosopher's work on the foundational issues. English translations of many original fundamental papers are in Brush 1965. Brush 1976 provides an historical treatment of the development of the theory. Two foundational works that are essential are Gibbs 1960 and Ehrenfest and Ehrenfest 1959. Two works explaining clearly and detail many of the technical aspects of foundational statistical mechanics are Emch and Liu 2002 and Toda, Kubo and Saito 1983. These two works provide a thorough grounding on quantum statistical mechanics and how it differs from statistical mechanics grounded on classical theory. An excellent introduction to phase change and renormalization group theory is Batterman 2002.

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