Foundations of Physics 41 (6):960-981 (2011)
Are the generalizations of classical equilibrium thermodynamics true of self-gravitating systems? This question has not been addressed from a foundational perspective, but here I tackle it through a study of the “paradoxes” commonly said to afflict such systems. My goals are twofold: (a) to show that the “paradoxes” raise many questions rarely discussed in the philosophical foundations literature, and (b) to counter the idea that these “paradoxes” spell the end for gravitational equilibrium thermodynamics
|Keywords||Self-gravitational Thermodynamics Gravity Statistical mechanics Thermodynamic limit Equilibrium Ensemble equivalence Non-extensive|
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