Chance, Time and Partition Function
In physics, statistical mechanics is one of the fundamental theories, since any description of systems with many subsystems – such as crystals, metals, liguids or gases – depends on statistical methods.
In natural philosophy and philosophy of science however, questions of statistical mechanics are eclipsed by problems of interpretation connected to quantum mechanics and the theories of relativity. On this, the RG Chance, Time and Partition Function organised a conference in 2006.
Philosophy of Statistical Mechanics
At the conference organised by the RG in March 2006, entitled "Time, Chance, and Reduction – Philosophical Aspects of Statistical Mechanics", international scientists debated questions of natural philosophy motivated by statistical mechanics.