How might thermodynamics have evolved differently? #openquestion


It seems to me that if the absolute temperature had been defined after the development of the kinetic theory of gases, and recognized as a measure of the average kinetic energy of the particles, it would have been bestowed with the units of energy.3 These units are more natural” and more appropriate units for the temperature. Having temperature in units of energy would automatically render the Boltzmann constant superfluous and the Boltzmann entropy a dimensionless quantity. Such a dimensionless quantity would still be a state function. In this case, it would be easier to accept the interpretation of entropy as information.1


links: Boltzman entropy Boltzman constant thermodynamics

  • broader terms (BT): physics
  • narrower terms (NT): entropy
  • related terms (RT):
  • used for (UF) or aliases:

connected ideas:


  1. A Farewell to Entropy - Statistical Thermodynamics Based on Information p xix↩︎


February 17, 2021