Ten fun facts about Ludwig Boltzmann

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Fact 1
Ludwig Eduard Boltzmann was born on February 20, 1844 in Vienna and died on September 5, 1906.

Fact 2
His biggest accomplishment was in the expansion of statistical mechanics, which illuminates and calculates how the properties of atoms establish the physical properties of matter.

Fact 3
Ludwig Boltzmann was a teacher of mathematics, experimental physics and theoretical physics at many universities, but theoretical physics was his main area of interest.

Fact 4
He wrote a well-known travelogue “Reise eines deutschen Professors ins Eldorado”.

Fact 5
Boltzmann made comprehensive computations in the kinetic theory of gases.

Fact 6
He was perhaps the first person to comprehend the importance of James Clerk Maxwell‘s theory of electromagnetism, on which he wrote a 2 volume dissertation.

Fact 7
Based on the Stefan’s law, Boltzmann also worked on a derivation for blackbody radiation that was later labeled by Hendrik Antoon Lorentz as “a true pearl of theoretical physics”.

Fact 8
His concepts were sustained by the later findings in atomic physics in the early 1900, for example Brownian motion, which can only be described by statistical mechanics.

Fact 9
Ludwig Boltzmann was greatly disheartened due to the severe criticism for his work and he committed suicide on September 5, 1906 at Duino, when he was 62 years old.

Fact 10
In 1866 he got his PhD degree at the University of Vienna.

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Short about Ludwig Boltzmann
Was an Austrian physicist and philosopher

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