"Cercignani's book does sterling service in bringing much of Boltzmann's extraordinary achievement to life, and in sketching the ways in which it was indeed linked with the predicaments of his time." London Review of Books
"This book is not just a biography. the main details of Boltzmann's life are covered in the first chapter. The rest of the book reviews the history and development of ideas associated with Boltzmann's contribution to science.This makes the book a useful source of information on other important fiqures such as Maxwell and Gibbs" The Mathematical Gazette
"The author- a theorectical physicist-does much more than simply listing Boltzmann's work. He also considers the historical context, describes the evolution of ideas prior to Boltzmann, discusses and explains Boltzmann's work...and his views on the philosophy of physics its influence on his contemporaries, and the developments initiated by it...both the physics and the mathematics are well presented with the non-specialist in mind" Zentralblatt Math
" ... the work is generously laced with translated quotations from Boltzmann's German writings and papers ... historians of science will find here a balanced and up-to-date account of this tragic figure, as well as an instructive account of Boltzamnn's philosophy of science." ambix
About the Author
Carlo Cercignani is a Professor of Theoretical Mechanics at Politecnico di Milano.