Statistical Mechanics: from the microscopic to the macroscopic
RUMA, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA
October 12 2022
Many of us were taught that the world around us is made of invisible, microscopic particles such as molecules, electrons or atoms, and that the physical laws that bind them explain the observations we make on a human scale: for instance, temperature is explained as molecules moving, rotating and vibrating; electrical currents are accounted for as electrons zipping through a metal. But how much do we really understand about the relationship between the invisible microscopic world and the observable macroscopic one? Can we formulate natural mathematical models for the microscopic world, for which we can prove macroscopic physical laws?
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