Boltzmann's Science, Irony and Achievement

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Science  30 Mar 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5513, pp. 2553-2554
DOI: 10.1126/science.1060131

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Boltzmann's Atom The Great Debate That Launched a Revolution in Physics. David Lindley. Free Press, New York, 2001. 272 pp. $24, C$35.50. ISBN 0-684-85186-5.

Lindley's scientific biography offers nonspecialists the story of the late 19th-century debates over existence of atoms and the validity of statistical approaches to mechanics.