Does Temperature have a Metric Structure?
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Is there anything more to temperature than the ordering of things from colder to hotter? Are there also facts, for example, about how much hotter (twice as hot, three times as hot...) one thing is than another? There certainly are—but the only strong justification for this claim comes from statistical mechanics. What we knew about temperature before the advent of statistical mechanics (what we knew about it from thermodynamics) provided only weak reasons to believe it.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Science Association
Skow, Bradford. "Does Temperature have a Metric Structure?." forthcoming in Philosophy of Science, 78 (July 2011) pp. 472–489.
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